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Matching Challenge Grant Succeeds In Scoring $1M Towards New YMCA

Brian Bull

Fundraising for a new YMCA facility in Eugene just got a big boost. 

Philanthropist Betty Soreng got 335 Y supporters to match her $500,000 challenge grant through the Oregon Community Foundation. It gives the capital campaign $1 million.

Brian Steffen is the Y’s CEO.  He says nearly half of the pledges were from first-time donors.  Organizers plan to roll out a timeline for the 70,000 square foot facility - including a groundbreaking date - next year.

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Y members inside its current gymnasium.

"We are excited to break ground as quickly as possible," Steffen tells KLCC. 

"We also have a commitment we’ve made to the state, that we have the rest of the funding packaged together by January of 2021.”

The estimated cost for a new YMCA is $ 34 million.

Steffen declined to share what the current fundraising total is, saying there are more donations expected. 

$15 million in state funding was awarded in July.

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