YMCA celebrating the start of new construction project

Parson and Emory Preston, along with cousin Ala Webb, construct a Jenga structure Sunday at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA. The girls were attending the celebration held to thank members for their generosity in the recent capital campaign, that will result in today's groundbreaking for the Y expansion.
Deb Zwez

With the actual groundbreaking just a day away, on Sunday the Wapakoneta Family YMCA hosted a pre-celebration to say thank you to their membership.

The Y is ready to embark on what could prove to be a 16-month construction season that will increase the organization’s footprint at its Defiance Street location and bring partners Mercy Health and Council for Rural Services to a new Wapakoneta location.

YMCA officials planned the two-day celebration to share its excitement about moving forward with the community.

“I think we wanted to give back to the community that has given so much to the Y,” said Josh Little, CEO of the local YMCA. “We want to celebrate all those who supported us with their time, talent and treasures.”

Sunday’s event included a picnic-style lunch — featuring pulled pork, donated by Alan and Diane Davis and Alan Davis Insurance, baked beans, salads and desserts — and family games in the gymnasium, including the bounce house, a selfie station in the lobby and a bonfire outdoors to end the day’s events. Members and guests came and went during the celebration that preceded...

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