Nearly $2 million has been raised from private donors; doors to open in 2018
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC – The Cane Bay Family YMCA, currently under construction in the Cane Bay community, kicked off their public capital campaign today with a celebration and a call for more support. Volunteers and staff have raised $1.75 million to date; the goal is to have $5 million in hand by the end of this year.
The funds raised so far came from a mixture of individuals and businesses, including entrepreneur Carolyn Hunter, Cane Bay developer Ben Gramling of Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development, Gulfstream Construction and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Bill Hall, owner of the Hall Management Group, is chairing the fundraising effort.
The funds raised will help finish the 54,000 square-foot facility that is slated to open late summer/early fall. As one of the biggest Y’s in the state and region, the new center will house a 25-meter swimming pool with zero entry, and a 5,000-square foot, state-of-the-art county library, which is the first of its kind collaboration in the country.
“We couldn’t be more excited or proud to kick off our public campaign with so much support in hand,” said Paul Stoney, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Charleston. “This Y promises to bring a shared sense of community to Berkeley County, as we work with our local partners to strengthen individuals and families here.”
Stoney noted that in addition to the recreational and library facilities, the Y will offer STEM Programming (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in children’s after school care curriculum. This initiative seeks to build the analytical and problem solving skills of youth to prepare them for success in life.
The YMCA of Charleston is focused on improving the lives of all in the Greater Charleston area by connecting individuals, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen spirit, mind and body.