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Annual campaign adds fun activity to help reach its goal

December 1, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — The YMCA means many things to many people.

It may be a place they visited when they grew up. It may be a place for health and wellness. In each member, there is a story. Volunteers from the Scottsbluff Family YMCA have been telling their story during the YMCA’s annual community support campaign, which raises money for scholarships for members throughout the year.

CEO Conrad Bostron’s story is like many long-term stories. It has changed throughout the years as he has gone from returning to the YMCA as a member to falling in love with fitness and group camaraderie to being a CEO.

“Even now, your Y story changes as your life evolves,” Bostron said.

So far, the campaign has raised more than $80,000 toward its $190,000 goal. Zac Karpf, campaign general chair, said everyone is making good progress toward the goal and he expects volunteers will reach the goal in the next few weeks.

Bostron relayed a story from one of the Scottsbluff Family YMCA members, a gentleman who decided to turn his life around after two major heart attacks. His doctor told him if he wanted a long life, he had to lose weight and exercise his heart. He comes to the YMCA every day and spends an hour on the treadmill before heading to the circuit room. His health has improved dramatically.

“He told me without the YMCA he would have already met his maker,” Bostron said. “He said, ‘I love the YMCA as it is saving my life every single day.’”

Campaigner Julie Marshall shared a story relating the knowledge of the importance of the YMCA in the community. One person who had given to the campaign in the past sold their business last year and told Marshall he wouldn’t be donating again. When she received her list this year, his name was there.

“I asked him for $10 and he said, ‘OK, I will give you $10,’” she said. “When I picked up his packet, it was $25.”

Every little bit helps, Marshall said. With each small donation, volunteers near their goal so they can help others continue to be members or to become new members.

The YMCA has also come up with another fun way to participate in the campaign and get some exercise. “Planksmas” challenges everyone on the community to participate. Beginning Dec. 3, from Monday through Friday, anyone who participates will meet at the YMCA at 7:55 a.m., to do planks. There is a beginning, intermediate and advanced group working for three weeks to improve the length of time they can do planks.

“You pay $25 to get in,” Bostron said. “We do it all together and if you want out, you pay another $25 with all the money going to the campaign.”

The YMCA also has a Christmas tree set up in the lobby where anyone can pick an ornament and help a family with a membership or to help pay for a program.

For more information on the campaign, Planksmas, the Christmas tree or any other questions, contact the YMCA at 308-635-2318.

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