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April 2, 2014

Family Y’s kick off annual fundraising campaigns today

JOPLIN, Mo. — Instead of four individual launches, the Family Y’s that serve the region will join together today and kick off their annual fundraising campaigns as a united front. Together, they hope to raise $379,000.

Representatives of the Joplin Family Y, the Tri-State Family Y, the Fair Acres Family Y and the Osage Prairie Y will meet for the joint launch at 4 p.m. today at Victory Ministry & Sports Complex, 3405 Hammons Blvd.

Rudy Farber, president of Community Bank and Trust, based in Neosho, will give a keynote speech, which will be followed by the first official donation to the campaign from Southwest Missouri Bank.

“We have a common cause and mission. We thought it would be a good idea to come together to kick off our campaigns as the Y,” Kim Gray, development director of the Joplin Family Y, said Wednesday. “Anyone is welcome to attend the launch. We would welcome the support and the opportunity to spread the Y cause.”

The Joplin Family Y will seek $85,000. The Osage Prairie Y at Nevada has set a goal of $50,000. The Tri-State Family Y seeks to raise $187,000 for its branches at Neosho, Grove, Okla., and Rogers, Ark. The Fair Acres Family Y at Carthage hopes to raise $57,000.

Said Gray: “The Joplin community has been very supportive of the work the Y does. As we continue to have a presence in the community, more people are understanding that the Y is a nonprofit that is filling the gap for a community need.

“The community knows it’s a great place to work out, but it may not know that we offer child care and infant care for working families, after-school care, and support for seniors so they can stay healthy and well, and connected to the community.

“We have a lot of things going on behind the scenes that I think our community is really starting to see.”

Last year, the Joplin Y’s goal was $70,000; the campaign raised $77,000.

The Joplin Family Y affects about 18,000 people through its programs and services. Roughly 5,000 of those participants are under the age of 18. In 2013, the Y provided $300,000 in direct financial assistance to people, Gray said.

She also said the Joplin Family Y works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing issues such as school readiness, chronic diseases and food insecurity.

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