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Campaign has $63,000 goal

Fundraiser for Strong Kids could have a wet start on April 8

DIXON – Andrew McFarlane hopes to take a swim April 8.

If the Dixon YMCA meets its goal of raising $5,000 in its first day of its Strong Kids Campaign, the agency’s chief executive officer said, he will let one of the board members push him into the pool – suit, tie and all.

The YMCA set an overall goal to raise $63,000 in the annual campaign, which will end May 5.

“I like to do something fun like that to create awareness, and get everyone motivated as we kick off the campaign,” McFarlane said.

Last year, the YMCA set its goal at $65,000 and raised just shy of $50,000.

The money helps the nonprofit to provide scholarships for underprivileged families and to develop youth programs. The facility offers a gym and swimming pool, and programs that range from preschool and day care to after-school activities.

Last year, 6,914 people walked through the YMCA’s doors. Of those, 2,646 were younger than 18, and 1,264 received some form of financial assistance.

The YMCA’s goals are to ensure every child is nurtured to reach his or her fullest potential; provide opportunities to learn, grow and thrive; and offer safe opportunities for youths during the critical hours when they are out of school.

“The support from the community is what helps make that happen,” McFarlane said, noting the 36,000 hours of time that residents volunteer. “We’re not going to turn away any families that need our services.”

The campaign will conclude with a golf outing and fundraiser May 17 at Timber Creek Golf Course.

People can give any amount they wish, McFarlane said.

“It’s the thought that counts,” he said, “and it all makes a difference.”

You can help

To donate to the fundraising campaign, pick up a pledge form at the Dixon Family YMCA, 110 N. Galena Ave., go to www.dixonymca.org, or call 815-288-9622.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the campaign.

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