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Mystery donor doubles pledge match limit to YMCA's capital campaign

A mystery donor Monday increased the challenge limit for donors to the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA’s capital campaign. The mystery donor has agreed to match each new pledge dollar for dollar, up to $20,000. Submitted photo

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA got an additional boost Monday when an unnamed donor doubled a pledge challenge to campaign workers as part of the Y’s capital campaign.

The self-named mystery donor announced Monday a match of every dollar up to $20,000. A final report is due Thursday.

The mystery donor on Friday announced a match of each dollar pledged up to $10,000.

This “increases the importance of all volunteers completing their visits in the next three days,” said Theresa Wittenberg, executive director at the YMCA.

If the new challenge is met, the mystery donor’s ID will be revealed at the campaign report meeting Friday.

The YMCA’s capital campaign has raised $1.6 million so far. The effort was launched last year by a $500,000 contribution from Jennie-O Turkey Store, followed by gifts from numerous other local businesses and individuals. The campaign received a $250,000 capital campaign donation last week from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.

Funds raised by the campaign will be used to expand the YMCA to meet growing demand. The YMCA opened in 2002 with 3,000 members. Today it has more than 5,800 members.

The expansion will include a larger wellness center, a new multipurpose gymnasium with indoor track, a large wellness studio and two racquetball courts. The increased space will enable the Y to expand the number and variety of programs it offers. Ground will be broken for the project during the summer.