Tony Mino, Armed Services YMCA executive director, and Larry Linder, Armed Services YMCA’s chairman, accept a $100,000 check from H-E-B Wednesday for a therapy pool in the organization’s new facility. Representing H-E-B are Belton store manager Eric Tovar, Harker Heights manager Brenda Johnson, Copperas Cove manager Tim Smith and Killeen store No. 3 manager Rudy Gill. Read the full story in tomorrow’s Killeen Daily Herald.
H-E-B makes $100k donation to Armed Services YMCA
HARKER HEIGHTS — A $100,000 contribution toward the Central Texas Armed Services YMCA’s new community building put a $9.3 million funding goal over the top, officials said.
H-E-B made a check presentation to area Armed Services YMCA representatives Wednesday.
The donation completes months of fundraising efforts by board members, said Tony Mino, Armed Services YMCA’s executive director.
The new facility will be built in Harker Heights near Purser Family Park.
“We have a philosophy,” Mino said. “You get a lot of no’s, but … it takes three no’s to get a yes.”
Armed Services YMCA Chairman Larry Linder called H-E-B a hero for helping the organization meet its funding goal.
The donation helped secure a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation, Linder said.
“We can go to construction now,” Linder said, adding he hopes for a groundbreaking in a couple of months.
The 50,000-square-foot facility is a reflection of a vision, hard work and partnerships to better serve the community, he said.
The facility will offer a variety of programs, including cooking, sports and swimming.
The Armed Services YMCA is partnering with Seton Medical Center Harker Heights to provide cardio and rehabilitation, and Killeen Independent School District students will use a 10-lane pool for swim lessons, Linder said.
“A unique feature will be our healing pool, which will be both for our soldiers and our cardio rehab,” he said.
The Killeen Independent School District and Seton Medical Center Harker Heights each contributed $2 million, along with donations from Armed Services YMCA board members, area residents and businesses; $1.2 million from the federal government; and $250,000 from the Meadows Foundation.
H-E-B’s contribution will go toward the wounded warrior pool, said Leslie Sweet, H-E-B director of public affairs.
Sweet said with 26 percent of the deaths of children ages 1 to 5 caused by drowning, she’s thrilled to know swimming lessons will be offered at the facility for children in the Fort Hood area.
Health is important to H-E-B, along with low-cost community access to quality exercise, Sweet said.
“YMCA offers healthy opportunities for all families, and we are especially grateful that this center will provide special healing opportunities for wounded warriors and their families,” she said.
The facility, which will be built off Mountain Lion Road at the northeast corner of Purser Family Park, is for all area residents, said Don Scott, Armed Services YMCA’s vice board chairman.
The building is expected to serve more than 15,000 veterans and civilians and will be the first off-post Armed Services YMCA in the country, according to the project overview.
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