Woodson YMCA Capital Campaign Gains More Community Support
WAUSAU, Wis. The Dudley Foundation, WoodTrust Bank and the River Valley Bank Foundation have announced major gifts totaling $900,000 to support the Woodson YMCA modernization and expansion project in downtown Wausau. The Dudley Foundation and its directors have pledged $500,000; WoodTrust Bank and its family owners will contribute $275,000; and the River Valley Bank Foundation, along with the bank’s family owners, have pledged $125,000. These donations are part of $16.5 million that has already been pledged to the $19 million project. More than $500,000 in additional donations from individuals and businesses has been raised during the early stages of the public fundraising campaign, and $2.5 million is still needed to complete the project. More information about the project and online donations can be made at www.strengtheningourheart.com, or checks made payable to the Woodson YMCA Foundation can be mailed to the Woodson YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. Donations from the Dudley Foundation and its directors will help fund the new Multi-purpose Educational Center at the Y, where a variety of educational programs and activities for community residents will take place. One of the key features is a training kitchen where healthy eating and cooking classes can be taught. “A $250,000 Dudley Foundation grant, the largest in our 18-year history, was matched with individual contributions from the Dudley and Schlindwein family members. We are confident that our contributions to this state-of-the-art YMCA development will enhance health and wellness opportunities for Wausau residents. It is inspiring to see this innovative development taking place in our vibrant downtown business and entertainment center,” said Ann Dudley Shannon, president of the Dudley Foundation. Two local, family-owned financial institutions are also supporting the downtown Y initiative. The gifts from WoodTrust Bank and its family owners will help fund the new Social Hub at the Woodson YMCA that will provide interactive and conversation spaces for all ages. WoodTrust Bank president, Chad Kane, is also chair of the Woodson YMCA’s 2018 Capital Campaign. The River Valley Bank Foundation, Inc. was formed in 2016 to serve as the primary philanthropic arm of River Valley Bank and its Chairman, Todd Nicklaus, serves on the board of the Woodson YMCA Foundation.
“Thank you to WoodTrust Bank, the Dudley Foundation and the River Valley Bank Foundation,” Woodson YMCA CEO Bryan Bailey, said. “The contributions from these extraordinary local
organizations and individuals move us three big steps forward and further demonstrate the spirit of giving that is so prevalent in our community.” 
 

The Woodson YMCA project will add:

  • a new older adult activity center funded entirely by the Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation,
  • a new field house,
  • a new state-of-the-art gymnastics area,
  • a new child care facility,
  • an expanded wellness center,
  • increased parking, and other improvements to the existing facility.

Architectural renderings, floorplans and a video about the modernization and expansion project at the Woodson YMCA can be seen at www.strengtheningourheart.com.
 


Greenheck Offers Support for Woodson YMCA Capital Campaign

WAUSAU, Wis. Greenheck, the largest manufacturing company in the Wausau area, has donated $1 million to the Woodson YMCA modernization and expansion project on behalf of its 2300 local employees. Headquartered in Schofield, Greenheck is the worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing air movement, control and conditioning equipment for all types of non-residential buildings.

 

“Health and wellness for our employees and families is critical to our success, and we strive to support those opportunities whenever we can,” said Jim McIntyre, CEO and president of the company. “This exciting YMCA project not only benefits our employees but our entire community by creating an extraordinary facility that can help us retain the outstanding employees we have and recruit talented new employees to the area. We hope our gift will encourage other businesses and individuals to support this exciting project.”

 

“Greenheck’s amazing gift supporting our new and expanded downtown YMCA will help us create one of the nation’s leading health and wellness campuses—and  benefit Wausau area residents of all ages,” said Chad Kane, chair of the Woodson YMCA’s 2018 Capital Campaign. “As one of our area’s leading employers, Greenheck has always been a strong supporter of important community projects, and we are grateful for their generosity in funding our modernization and expansion project. Our Board is hopeful that Greenheck’s corporate leadership will inspire other local businesses to contribute as well.”

The Woodson YMCA project will add:

  • a new older adult activity center funded entirely by the Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation,
  • a new field house,
  • a new state-of-the-art gymnastics area,
  • a new child care facility,
  • an expanded wellness center,
  • increased parking, and other improvements to the existing facility.

 

The $1 million donation from Greenheck is part of $16 million that has already been pledged to the $19 million YMCA project in downtown Wausau. Approximately $3 million in additional donations from individuals and businesses is still needed to complete the project.  More information about the project and online donations can be made at www.strengtheningourheart.com.  Or checks made payable to the Woodson YMCA Foundation can be mailed to the Woodson YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403.


Two Prominent Wausau Foundations Support Woodson YMCA Capital Campaign  
WAUSAU, Wis. - A $1 million donation and a $500,000 matching grant from the B.A. and Esther
Greenheck Foundation and a $1.5 million contribution from the Judd S. Alexander Foundation
to the Woodson YMCA modernization and expansion project were announced today. Both
donations are part of the $16 million that has already been pledged to the $19 million YMCA
project in downtown Wausau.
B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation
The $1 million donation from the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation will help expand child
care for 54 toddlers, infants and other young children in Wausau--and fund many other
improvements at the Woodson YMCA’s child care facility. The matching grant of up to
$500,000 will double any donations received through the public fundraising campaign,
Strengthening the Heart of Our Community.
Approximately $3 million in additional donations from the public will be needed to complete
the YMCA modernization and expansion project. Online donations can be made at
www.strengtheningourheart.com or checks made payable to the Woodson YMCA
Foundation can be mailed to the Woodson YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403
Bernie Greenheck co-founded Greenheck Fan Corporation in 1947. He and his wife, Esther,
created the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation in 1998 to honor their loyal Greenheck
employees by providing ongoing financial support for many local non-profit organizations and
community projects. Today, their family carries on Bernie’s and Esther’s legacy of giving back
to the Wausau area by awarding grants to help improve the quality of life for area residents.
“Creating a best-in-class YMCA in downtown Wausau that will serve so many people in our
community, from infants to older adults, is a building project we found very easy to embrace,”
said Pam Jackson, executive director of the foundation (and granddaughter of Bernie and
Esther Greenheck.) “Early Childhood Development is vital, and we are thrilled to help meet this
important community need by funding what will be an extraordinary new child care center at
the Y.”
“My grandparents loved this community, and I know they would be proud to see how their
foundation continues to contribute to its growth. They believed in supporting projects that
brought the community together, and that’s why we decided to offer a $500,000 matching
grant as well. We hope this inspires others to make a donation to this exciting downtown
development project.”
Judd S. Alexander Foundation
The $1.5 million donation from the Judd S. Alexander Foundation will help fund the new, stateof-
the-art health and wellness center at the Woodson YMCA. The new wellness center will
combine comprehensive strength, cardio, stretching and personal training space in one
location. The Judd S. Alexander Foundation was formed in 1973 by Anne Alexander to honor
her late husband, Judd Alexander, a strong supporter of the Wausau community until his
death in 1948. Judd and his father, Walter Alexander, were members of the legendary
Wausau Group that played a significant role in diversifying and expanding Wausau’s
economy from the early 1900s through the 1940s. The legacies of community development
established by Judd Alexander and Anne Alexander continue today through their foundation.
“On behalf of the Judd S. Alexander Foundation and our board of directors, we are delighted
to help support this amazing modernization and expansion project at the Woodson YMCA,”
stated Gary Freels, president and CEO of the foundation. “We believe this undertaking will
contribute greatly to the future economic development of Wausau and the health and
wellness of our residents. Judd and Anne Alexander would be proud to know the community
they cherished is continuing to thrive.”
Chad Kane, chair of the Woodson YMCA’s 2018 Capital Campaign, expressed his gratitude
and appreciation to both foundations for their support.
“These generous contributions from the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation and the Judd
S. Alexander Foundation move us closer to our goal of delivering a best-in-class YMCA in the
heart of Wausau to serve the health and wellness needs of the community,” he said. “To honor
this extraordinary support, our new child care center will proudly bear the name of the B.A.
and Esther Greenheck Foundation and the state-of-the-art Judd S. Alexander Wellness Center
will help our members and guests build healthier lives.”
In addition to an expanded child care facility and wellness center, the Woodson YMCA
project will add:
• a new older adult activity center funded entirely by the Dwight and Linda Davis
Foundation,
• a new field house predominantly funded by Aspirus,
• a new gymnastics area,
• increased parking, and other improvements to the existing facility.
More details about the Woodson YMCA’s modernization and expansion project are available
at www.strengtheningourheart.com.
 


 Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation Announces Support

for Woodson YMCA Project

 

WAUSAU, Wis. A $3 million donation from the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation to the Woodson YMCA modernization and expansion project was announced today. It’s part of the $16 million that’s already been pledged to the $19 million project in downtown Wausau.

 

The late Nancy Woodson Spire was a daughter of Aytchmonde P. Woodson and Leigh Yawkey Woodson, longtime supporters of the Wausau Woodson YMCA. Nancy Woodson’s son, Steve Spire and his wife, Marti, are Honorary Chairs for the 2018 Woodson YMCA Capital Campaign.

 

“Over the past 80 years, the Woodsons and Spires have always been first in line to support the growth and development of the Woodson YMCA, and we are extremely pleased to participate in the exciting modernization and expansion project that’s underway now,” stated Jack Garniewski, chairman of the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation. “The Woodson YMCA is a precious resource in our community, and we applaud the local leaders and donors throughout the community who are stepping up to make our Y one of the very best in the country.”

 

“This extraordinary contribution from the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation presents a major step towards reaching our goal of delivering a thriving, best-in-class YMCA in the heart of Wausau to serve the health and wellness needs of residents of all ages,” said Chad Kane, chair of the Y’s 2018 Capital Campaign. “Many generous members of the Woodson family have been supporters of the downtown Y for decades, and we will be honoring their unrivaled generosity by placing their name at the vibrant entrance to the newly-renovated and expanded Woodson YMCA.”

 

Kane emphasized that approximately $3 million in additional donations from the public will be needed to complete the YMCA modernization and expansion project. Online donations can be made at www.strengtheningourheart.com or checks made payable to the Woodson YMCA Foundation can be mailed to the Woodson YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403

 

The Woodson YMCA project will add:

  • a new older adult activity center funded entirely by the Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation,
  • a new field house predominantly funded by Aspirus,
  • enhanced child care services for infants and toddlers,
  • a new gymnastics area,
  • a new wellness center that offers both cardio and strengthening activities,
  • increased parking, and other improvements to the existing facility.