By Howard Packowitz
BLOOMINGTON – Donors have given the Bloomington-Normal YMCA and Easterseals Central Illinois a huge boost on their way to raising $16 million for an east side community center, the organizations announced Friday.
The YMCA and Easterseals reported more than 100 donors have met a $4 million matching challenge from an anonymous McLean County family, which in turn will donate another four million dollars. That lifts the total raised so far to $13.4 million for the center, to be built along East Washington Street, on the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center campus.
The family’s gift was the largest in Bloomington-Normal YMCA history, according to a news release.
YMCA President and CEO BJ Wilken said local health care providers, led by Doctors Jerry and Laura Randolph-Oakey, raised $400,000 dollars.
“Our physicians, dentists, and health care providers really see the benefit of this YMCA/Easterseal facility,” said Wilken in a prepared statement.
Community Center plans call for an indoor competitive swimming pool and warm water therapy pool, a full-size gymnasium, health and wellness center, teen and senior program center, and consultation and therapy space for Easterseals clients and their families.
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