‘Milestone’ Reached on Silverdale YMCA Project

Brynn Grimley writes:

I received an email yesterday from the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap County’s noting the Silverdale Haselwood Family YMCA project has reached an important milestone: $10 million has been raised.

Ground was broken earlier this spring on the 85,000-plus square foot building, and it appears the fund raising goals continue to be met to guarantee the building house all the services and amenities as promised. I’ve copied and pasted the release below, in case you’re interested in who has been giving money.

Project Fundraising

We hit an important fundraising milestone earlier last week–we have raised over $10 million toward our $12 million goal! Since our groundbreaking ceremony, we have raised an additional $600,000 to help bring a YMCA to Silverdale. Below are some of the families that have made recent pledges or gifts to the project:

Wiler Family
At our groundbreaking ceremony, Rick and Kari Wiler announced their $100,000 pledge toward the project. Rick also shared with our crowd that just minutes prior to the start of our groundbreaking ceremony, Al and Linda Courter of Bellevue would match Rick and Kari’s pledge of $100,000. Both gifts will be recognized in the new facility at the Wiler Family Child Watch and Nursery and the Haselwood Courter Enterprises Dance Studio.

Allen Family
Michael Allen, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, announced his pledge of $10,000 just days after our groundbreaking ceremony. Michael visited the Gig Harbor Family YMCA in May and was impressed with our youth development programs. Michael shared that Silverdale is a good community to live in—good schools, good jobs, good people – and identified the YMCA as one of the missing pieces in making Silverdale a great community.

C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust
In June, we learned that the Haselwood Family YMCA will be the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust. We are honored to share the philanthropic legacy of the late C. Keith Birkenfeld. The grant will be shared with the community and used to preserve the philanthropic legacy through the C. Keith Birkenfeld Community Room, reminding us of the importance of giving back and bringing the community together for social, health, educational, and recreational programs and activities.

Greaves Family
Lawrence and LaVonne Greaves of Silverdale announced their pledge of $25,000. Lawrence first toured the Gig Harbor Family YMCA over a year ago and was impressed with the facility and the number of people he saw and believes that Silverdale needs a facility like this. The Greaves Family gift will be recognized in the new facility at the Greaves Family Administration Office.

We truly appreciate the generosity and support from our donors on this great project. We are less than $2 million away from our fundraising goal.

Project Update

Construction is in full swing and on schedule. If you’ve seen the project site recently, you will notice that construction is occurring on both ends of the site. On the north half of the site, where the facility will be, trenching for utilities is underway and footings for much of the building footprint have been installed. On the south half of the site, earthwork crews continue to prepare the site for the west parking lot and what will become Main Street. It won’t be long before the building starts coming out of the ground. We will open in summer 2011!

Awareness Tours and Home Gatherings

We continue to share the vision of the new Haselwood Family YMCA by inviting members of the community to visit the Gig Harbor Family YMCA. On the tours, prospective donors and members are exposed to the staff, members, and programs that have made the Gig Harbor Family YMCA a success. The layout of the new Haselwood Family YMCA is nearly identical to the Gig Harbor facility and gives potential supporters a feel of what is in store for Silverdale.

Another way we have been raising awareness of the new facility is through home gatherings. It is a great way for volunteers to get the word out and involve potential supporters in a fun and casual setting. At a home gathering, information about the new Haselwood Family YMCA is shared and guests are given an opportunity to offer their ideas and learn how they can help. At a recent home gathering in Seabeck, over 20 people gathered to hear and provide feedback on the Haselwood Family YMCA. Some were inspired and pledged to help support the project.

If you would like to host an informational gathering or arrange for a tour of the Gig Harbor Family YMCA, please contact Jessie Palmer, (360) 698-9622.

6 thoughts on “‘Milestone’ Reached on Silverdale YMCA Project

  1. “I received an email yesterday from the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap County’s noting the Silverdale Haselwood Family YMCA project has reached an important milestone: $10 million has been raised….Rick and Kari Wiler announced their $100,000 pledge toward the project. Rick also shared with our crowd that just minutes prior to the start of our groundbreaking ceremony, Al and Linda Courter of Bellevue would match Rick and Kari’s pledge of $100,000. Both gifts will be recognized in the new facility at theRick and Kari Wiler announced their $100,000 pledge toward the project. Rick also shared with our crowd that just minutes prior to the start of our groundbreaking ceremony, Al and Linda Courter of Bellevue would match Rick and Kari’s pledge of $100,000. Both gifts will be recognized in the new facility at the Wiler Family Child Watch and Nursery and the Haselwood Courter Enterprises Dance Studio….”

    Great news that the gifts will be recognized by adding the $100,000 gifts of the Wiler and Courter” families to the Wiler Family Child Watch and Nursery and the Haselwood Courter Enterprises Dance Studio at the long awaited Y community center in Silverdale.

    Where is the Ross family $1,000,000 gift donation being recognized? I must have missed the article mentioning it.

    Additionally, recently a letter to the editor ran talking about the dedication of a man who devoted his life to the YMCA pool on the east side and suggested mention of him be made in honor of his work there and, seems to me, that volunteers ARE THE BACKBONE of such organizations. Should we ignore extraordinary and dedicated to the cause individuals and only honor by mention those who commit dollars to this worthy cause?
    Doesn’t individual merit matter?

    It should matter…the Y was established and dedicated to the assistance of others.

    Jessie Palmer, (360) 698-9622… your letter of recognition was lacking. Can you, will you… fix it?

  2. Sharon,

    We have written about the Ross family donation of $1 million, and mention it regularly when we write about the fund raising efforts tied to the YMCA in our stories. We also regularly make note of the Haselwood family donation of $2 million.

    My estimation of this email update is that it was meant to highlight the new money that has been raised since the YMCA groundbreaking ceremony. The money people didn’t know about. At the groundbreaking they said they had a goal to hit the $10 million mark soon. That’s why they are promoting this “milestone” as they call it.

    Regarding your concern that the YMCA is not recognizing its volunteers, I wouldn’t take this press release as a slight to the volunteers.

    The purpose of this press release was to highlight the fund raising accomplishments. I think you need to be fair in your criticism. To me, this press release is their attempt to show how local residents are stepping up to see this facility become a reality in the community.

    It’s also their way to keep the YMCA in the news, in an attempt to get more people to commit funds.

    Thank you for your comments.

    — Brynn
    Reporter

  3. “To me, this press release is their attempt to show how local residents are stepping up to see this facility become a reality in the community.”

    If Kitsap County is spending tax money on it, ALL Kitsap property owners are “stepping up”. I don’t recall their “thank you”.

  4. Thanks for taking the time, Brynn, to clairfy the email comments.

    I know the Ross donation has been mentioned more than once.. The Sun”s coverage of this so needed and long awaited community center, has been stellar. I didn’t mean to criticize anyone contributing to the realization of a long time dream for Silverdale’s community, much less the Sun’s great coverage of the unfolding event.

    Who should I ask to find out what in this new complex, will have the Ross name on it in honor of their contribution?

    Thanks again for your thoughtful and detailed comments…
    Sharon O’Hara

  5. Thanks for getting me to think about this project and the apparent unfairness of adding names to different places within this (YMCA) Silverdale Community Canter and leaving other names out.

    If this is a “Silverdale Community Center” then the pioneers who helped it develop into the sucess story it is should be honored in some manner.

    Joe Mentor built the first ‘real’ shopping center in Silverdale, the Silverdale Village Shopping Center – and it is still there. He had the foresight to gamble that a shopping center in the mostly wet farmland Silverdale would be successful. All that was here was one caution light on Silverdale Way.

    Ron Ross, besides his donation one million dollars also began another shopping area called Ross Plaza.

    Those men and their families were insturmental in developing Silverdale to the point where she needs a ‘Community Center.’ I think we need to recognise the Ross and Mentor families in the Silverdale Community Center. It is probably already planned and I don’t know about it.

    I’ve left a message for Jessie Palmer, (360) 698-9622 to answer the question.

  6. Jessie Palmer returned my call this morning and answered my questions….a good result.

    Overall, it seems the Y doesn’t make name recognitions unless it is requested by the donor/s.

    My opinion is the same. The Ross and Mentor families should be mentioned – somewhere – in this new Silverdale Community Center because – they began the process to make today’s Silverdale happen.

    fyi: I haven’t seen or spoken with any member of either family in decades…they are no doubt embarrassed by the constant mention.

    My interest is in the name of true history and these men and their families were a vital part of Silverdale’s growth beyond the wonderful farms.

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