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During a capital campaign celebration Thursday night, the Carlisle Family YMCA revealed it has raised over $9 million for its anticipated renovation project.

The YMCA’s pool of capital now stands at $9,054,517, the organization’s leadership announced, with a major renovation project of the YMCA’s Carlisle building expected to begin this year.

During Thursday’s celebration at the Barn at Creek’s Bend event center, YMCA leaders also presented Hubert Gilroy, the capital campaign’s chairman, with the Carlisle YMCA’s second-ever Lifetime Service Award.

When he asked Gilroy to lead the campaign nearly four years ago, “never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that we’d raise $9 million,” Carlisle YMCA trustee Ray ‘Buz’ Wolfe said.

Gilroy said all of the capital campaign’s administrative and overhead expenses were covered by contributions from the estate of P.K. Miller.

“That means all the money that’s coming from you folks is going directly into the building,” Gilroy told Thursday’s crowd.

The YMCA’s capital plan calls for extensive renovations throughout it’s existing building on South West Street between Walnut and Willow streets in Carlisle.

This will include tearing down two sections of the existing building on the west and north sides, and constructing a new facade on that corner.

This will be done in two phases, with work on the west side of the facility running from the fall of 2019 to late spring 2020, and work on the north side taking place from the summer of 2020 until completion in mid-2021.

The YMCA will remain open, although some services may be limited during construction.

YMCA board president Rob Rahal the building is designed with a lot of open space to emphasize social interaction for families and the community.

Rahal highlighted a proposed floor plan that includes new family changing spaces, racquetball courts, a teaching kitchen for cooking classes and other amenities. A new wellness center will be two-and-a-half times larger than the existing fitness room, Rahal said.

Wolfe, Gilroy and Rahal also thanked YMCA Executive Director Marcia Drozdowski and Development Director Cate Mellen for organizing the effort.

“Cate and Marcia were really the rock stars of the campaign,” Gilroy said.

Gilroy was honored for his 40 years of involvement with the Carlisle YMCA, having joined in November 1978 while a student at Dickinson Law School.

Since then, Gilroy has been instrumental in fundraising efforts and other YMCA initiatives, including the acquisition and development of the 30-acre George B. Stuart Athletic Fields.

By Drozdowski’s tally, Gilroy has raised over $12 million for the Carlisle YMCA during his four decades of service.

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