Scott County Family Y CEO Brad Martell said Tuesday that he could not be more excited about the future as he opened the public portion of the organization's five-year, $4 million capital campaign.
Martell was one of several speakers who addressed an audience of about 100 people at the Y’s 156th anniversary celebration at the Davenport RiverCenter.
“We’ve already raised about $2.6 million,” he said. “What we’re doing is renovating our North, West and Davenport branch locations, modernizing them, making them a better experience by updating equipment as well as putting in new carpeting and painting.”
Of the $2.6 million in contributions and pledges, about $100,000 has come from Y staff members and $650,000 from the corporate board. The other $1.85 million is from other donors.
Martell said a big part of the capital program is renovating the Bettendorf branch. The Y has taken over 14,000 square-feet of space on the west side of the building at 3800 Tanglefoot Lane that previously was occupied by Genesis Health System.
“We’re going to expand that and renovate that space into the Fitness Center and Kid Zone area and make that facility a 58,000 square-foot YMCA,” he said.
The Y had owned the note to the entire structure and has taken over the entire payment of the note. “We really need that space because we’re bursting at the seams,” said Y spokesman Frank Klipsch IV.
There also will be renovations at Camp Abe Lincoln that will include the addition of new programs and other attractions such as a zip line, Martell said.
Frank Klipsch, president of the Scott County Y Foundation, said the capital campaign, “Teach Values and Touching Lives,” means better services for all Y members.
Members of the Y are not just people “who have all the resources to provide for their own memberships, but through our income-based membership, we’re recruiting more and more people who need some financial assistance,” Klipsch said. “That’s what’s unique about the Y. The Y is inclusive.