YMCA Fundraising

Winona’s YMCA is starting the final phase of its fundraising for a new facility. About $10.5 million of the $14-million goal has been raised.

Andy Blomsness, the former 28-year director of the Winona YMCA, agreed to run the Y’s capital campaign for its new building after a 4½-year break. The Y’s most recent director, Derek Madsen, left in early fall for a job at the St. Paul-based housing organization Commonbond.

Blomsness said that the community can expect to see more promotion for the final part of the fundraising after several years of quietly soliciting donations.

YMCA leadership said the operational side of the business shouldn’t be interrupted. The board of directors reached a 6-month agreement with the La Crosse YMCA to oversee the Winona location.

The Y is hoping to break ground for the new facility around the New Year. Previously the organization had hoped to begin construction in early November, but pushed the deadline back as it continues to raise money for the project.
The new facility will be built on open land near Winona Health, between Lake Winona, Dairy Queen and Wells Fargo. The Y announced in July that, in addition to the previously planned partnership with Winona Health, the building will also have offices of the American Red Cross and Live Well Winona.

The old building will be sold to Partners In Excellence, an autism treatment center with facilities in La Crosse, North St. Paul, Burnsville and Minnetonka.

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