North Central Florida YMCA to Continue Operations
GAINESVILLE, FL– John Bonacci, CEO of The North Central Florida YMCA announced that the Board of Directors of the North Central Florida YMCA has decided to continue operations. Attempts to gain community support to raise the $1.2M necessary to continue operations continues to progress, with the current amount pledged at $940,000 plus proceeds from a Save the Y event at $11,000.
“While the organization is still under the auspices of the US Bankruptcy Count from a filing on 12/14/16 and the fate of the agency is still dependent on the raising of the remaining $250,000 to pay off creditors in order to have the case dismissed, the fundraising progress of the past 5 weeks is substantial justification to continue to provide the much needed programs and services to the community.” stated Robert Walpole, Board President.
“We are hopeful that our continued conversations with many pillars of the community will bear the fruit necessary to overcome the current shortfall and keep us here permanently.” stated John Bonacci, CEO, adding “I will continue to fight for the people we serve until they carry me out of here.”
Requests for additional information should be directed to:
John Bonacci, CEO by calling 352-374-9622 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The North Central Florida YMCA in Gainesville has filed for bankruptcy and is set to permanently close its doors on January 31st, after 49 ½ years of serving our community. The YMCA leadership and we the people of Gainesville do not intend to let that happen. The YMCA currently serves over 5000 people in our community, including over 2000 children and 1800 seniors. We have raised $207,000 in pledges from our members and a $600,000 pledge that needs to be matched to keep these programs and services going. Please help today.
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