The campaign to raise the funds necessary to break ground on the YMCA facility in Exeter in April 2014 is off and running.
The Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association made a major down-payment to benefit the greater Exeter area, when they presented an award for a quarter of a million dollars to the Southern District YMCA to help build a new community center. The facility will serve as a home for individual and community wellness, expanding programs for all ages to include afterschool activities, teen programming, adult and senior fitness classes, and increased art education programs. The special presentation occurred on August 20 at the Portsmouth Country Club. Governor Maggie Hassan was in attendance.
This award leads the YMCA’s fundraising effort to raise the $3.5 million needed for the second phase of the project. The first phase of the project was fully funded by the Southern District YMCA and included the purchase and demolition of the old Exeter Area Junior High School at a cost of $500K.
“This relationship will change lives in our community,” explains Rob McGregor, Executive Director of the SD YMCA. “Whether it’s providing a place to go for a latch-key child who has no one home after school, or giving a chance for one of our older residents to get out of the house and come socialize with other people in the community, our YMCA will play a real and significant role in the lives of area residents. With this award, the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association will have an enduring impact on the health and wellness of this community for generations to come.”
The Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association is a non-profit coalition of business owners who have contributed to community causes, projects and non-profit projects for decades. Founded in the 1950s, its members include: Foss Motors Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep; Holloway Automotive Group Mercedes-Benz; Seacoast Volkswagen; Gary Blake Motor Cars; Exeter Subaru; BMW of Stratham; McFarland Ford; Hurlbert Toyota, Scion; Autofair Nissan, Wentworth Motors Volvo; Honda Barn; and Porsche, Audi of Stratham.