It sure is great to have people in our community who value children. Here's a gift from one family that will just keep giving to our kids for years to come.
The great givers: The Norby, Stevens and Yanke families.
They have given the Treasure Valley Family YMCA the single largest gift in its 120 year history.
It's the donation of the Homecourt YMCA.
Susan Norby and Jill Stevens saw a severe shortage of gym space throughout the Treasure Valley and in January 2005 began talking about building a gym to help alleviate this problem.
They dreamed big and gave it a go, partnering with the Y to manage the facility.
In total, the gift is valued in excess of $2.5 million.
That's a huge chunk of change and definitely worthy of some quotes that come from the YMCA press release about this outstanding gift.
Jill Stevens says “Our dream has been nurtured and grown with our partnership with the Y. We are so pleased that so many people call the Homecourt Y their home away from home!”
Susan Norby states “Jill and I started out just wanting something to help make life easier for some sports families and their kids. This has blossomed into something that is really having a positive impact on so many people. We talked about this and agreed that the Y has been such a great steward of our dream that we should donate it. It feels great to have done so”.
Their mom, Linda Yanke simply says, “I am so proud of the girls and I know Ron (her late husband) would be too. This was their dream and they brought it to reality.”
YMCA Board Chair Larry Koomler says “This community has been great to our Y. They recognize the work the Y does in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We have gotten many wonderful and generous gifts over the years. This gift is the largest one we have ever received and we cannot express our gratitude strongly enough to the Norby, Stevens and Yanke families.”
Jill, Susan and Linda thank you for caring and giving to the kids of this community!