The YMCA of Dodge County is celebrating a milestone this year. It has been in its current building for the last decade.
As part of the celebration, the YMCA held a birthday party Friday at Horicon Golf Club.
“The Y is so thankful to the community who supports it,” YMCA of Dodge County financial development director Kristin Fabisch said. “This strong, supportive community has helped us to sustain this building.
The building was built for about $9 million to replace an aging structure at 123 Park Ave., where the Beaver Dam Police Department now stands. The 67,000-square-foot building at 220 Corporate Drive was financed by community business and individual contributions.
Over the years, the building has had two executive directors. Rob Johnson, who took the YMCA from the downtown location to the Corporate Drive location, and Jen Kruel, who took over the position in 2008 after Johnson left for a new position at the Kettle Moraine YMCA. Kruel left the position earlier this year for a position at the Dane County YMCA.
“The YMCA of Dodge County was so incredibly blessed to have over 100 volunteers help in the development, fundraising and construction process of the new Y in 2007,” said Johnson, who returned for Friday’s gathering.
Off the top of his head, Johnson recalled several organizations and individuals who helped bring about the dream of the new building. He mentioned the city of Beaver Dam, Horicon Bank, honorary chairmen John Jung and John McKinstry, along with the steering cabinet of Rich Zieman, Mark Killingsworth, Ronda Steiner and John Moser, Neuman Pools, Chuck and Randy Neuman, Duane and Kathy Foulkes, John McKinstry, Dave Verhulst, Rich and Nancy Zieman, Schuman Printing and Miron Construction.”
Creating the new YMCA building was one of the pivotal times in the organization’s history.
“Truthfully, we were in…