AMHERST – The Cumberland YMCA is getting ever closer to reaching their goal for their Capital Campaign. The Crossborder Challenge donated their earnings from their last race to the YMCA Wednesday evening.
“All registration money that people pay to participate in the race is donated to the YMCA,” said Judi Giroux, one of the organizers of the race. “This year was our fourth year of the race.”
In the past four years, the Crossborder Challenge has donated roughly $50,000. This year’s proceeds brought in the biggest donation of $23,000.
The Cumberland YMCA runs many different programs and the money goes to whichever programs have the biggest need. This year, there are two campaigns that the YMCA is considering putting the money toward: the Strong Kids campaign and the Capital campaign, which is helping to finish the renovations and construction.
“The building is a work in progress,” said Trina Clarke, YMCA CEO. “(The money) always goes towards programs of some kind but this is something and Judi Giroux is actually our Chair and this is something that will go before the board. This is a phenomenal donation and certainly far exceeds our expectations.”
Although Clarke is not yet certain where the money will be dispersed, she said both programs could benefit from it.
“The (Capital) program is chugging right along. It’s doing very well. Our goal was $3.5 million and we are only $265,000 left to raise. We are really hoping we will see the success of that campaign this fall. We are hoping to finish it and be able to finish all the great work that we started.”
The 5th Annual Crossborder Challenge is coming up June 22. Giroux said all runners should start getting ready to help them make another donation to the Cumberland YMCA.