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Donor Recognition
The YMCA of Dane County is deeply appreciative of the contributions from each of our donors, sponsors, and grant funders. Only through their generosity is it possible for us to fulfill our mission. The invaluable gifts they provide help to develop and expand programs, minimize program costs and create opportunities for those not otherwise able to take advantage of YMCA services.

The continued community support of individuals, businesses, foundations, and other organizations makes a tremendous impact on the lives of families throughout Dane County. We invite you to meet some of our supporters, and learn how their gifts have helped to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

Thank you for helping us to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.


Hallman Lindsay Quality Paints and the generosity of the Tim, Beth, and Matt Mielcarek Family have made a tremendous difference for the Sun Prairie YMCA Youth Sports Program. While enhancing our youth sports program we have also been able to provide financial assistance to kids who would not otherwise have the means to participate. The Mielkarek Family Foundation has also made a generous contribution to the Sun Prairie Youth Center for the purpose of its renovation!  Our YMCA teens are thrilled with their new space! The Mielcarek Family and Hallman Lindsay Paints have made a difference for Sun Prairie kids that will impact them long after the last whistle blows.

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Smart Motors, Incorporated has been a long-time sponsor of Kids, Cars, and Camp for the YMCA of Dane County. Each year, Smart Motors pools dollars from every car sold in the month of May! Their camp sponsorship is critical in providing funding to send kids to camp who would not have any other means to go...what a tremendous way to impact a child's life! Thank you for your generous support each year!


Famous Footwear
has been a generous supporter of the YMCA of Dane County for almost 10 years! They value and care for families in the community by sponsoring Friday Family Fun Nights at the YMCA. This program helps families grow together by giving them the opportunity to spend quality time with each other at the end of what is often a busy and chaotic workweek. Famous Footwear's sponsorship dollars make it possible for families that otherwise could not afford to participate to join in the numerous Friday Family Fun Night activities. Thank you so much to Famous Footwear for allowing Dane County families to focus on what matters most in life...each other!

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Adams Outdoor Advertising has pledged to help the YMCA of Dane County raise critical dollars for our 2005 Strong Kids Campaign. They have generously designed and donated a billboard with the hopes to inform the public of our important effort. The YMCA turns no one away for an inability to pay...the dollars raised through our Strong Kids Campaign make this pledge possible! Many thanks to Adams Outdoor Advertising for helping the YMCA to Build Strong Kids, Strong Families, and Strong Communities.


Axley Brynelson
Many of our attorneys are parents with growing families, so we know first hand the importance of involving youth in programs that will help them become healthy, successful adults.  The Strong Kids program offers scholarships to children in our community who would not otherwise be able to afford these life enhancing programs.  That's why Axley Brynelson is pleased to support Strong Kids. ~ Michael Anderson, Managing Partner
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Morgan's Shoes/Stride Rite/New Balance is a sponsor of the YMCA Youth Basketball League!  Every kid who plays YMCA youth basketball wins.  Not only do they learn to become team players, but they also learn to incorporate our four core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility into the game and into their lives.  Lessons learned in sportsmanship and team building stay with kids long after the last whistle blows.


Capital Newspapers has been a partner of the YMCA of Dane County the past few years. They have committed to the YMCA along with their employees to a company wide wellness program. Through this partnership we have increased the number of memberships at the YMCA and have been able to distribute our program guide to every Sunday subscriber in the Wisconsin State Journal three times per year. Many thanks to Capital Newspapers for helping spread the mission of the YMCA of Dane County, Inc.

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Wright Vending
& Catering has been a friend to the YMCA of Dane County for many years and their support is simple overwhelming, as well as, greatly appreciated.  Wright Vending & Catering has donated products to YMCA events, such as, YMCA Healthy Kids Day Celebration, 2007 Strong Kids Campaign Kick-off Event, Open Houses, Halloween Events, Middle School Madness, 2007 Strong Kids Golf Classic, Staff Trainings, Employee Recognition, and YMCA Member Appreciation Picnics.The YMCA of Dane County truly appreciates all that Wright Vending & Catering does for us and the Strong Kids Campaign! 

AlphaGraphics has made a tremendous difference for the YMCA and its marketing materials.  As the YMCA’s main resource for printing and promotional materials, they allow the YMCA of Dane County to be recognized, visually, throughout the community.  Their professional and in-kind support is simply overwhelming and appreciated.  AlphaGraphics truly helps the YMCA build Strong Kids, Strong Families, and Strong Communities

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Physicians Plus presents Y Kidz Fit!

Y Kidz Fit is sponsored by Physicians Plus at Huegel Elementary School. Y Kidz Fit includes nutrition and fitness sessions for all youth participants along with games, toys, sports, computer software, and other materials to engage youth and teach them ways to make fitness fun.

As a local, community-based health care organization, Physicians Plus is committed to improving the long-term health of our community. And encouraging our children to lead active lifestyles is one of the most important ways we can do this because inactivity is a leading cause of childhood weight problems and obesity. Moreover, we believe that supporting efforts that encourage children and their families to lead more active lifestyles is one of the most important ways we can do this.

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Colonel's Kids The Sun Prairie YMCA was one of 14 YMCAs nationally to receive a $25,000 grant from KFC's Colonel's Kids/Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to launch its first extended-hour preschool program. The grant, awarded in 2004, provides funding over two years to allow the Sun Prairie YMCA preschool program to expand its operating hours, now offering care from 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The grant also helps to provide financial assistance, add enrichment programming such as music and art, and better serve the growing Spanish-speaking population through the hiring of a bilingual staff member.

Extended-hour child care is relatively new, but is in great demand to address the needs of an increasing number of parents who work irregular, untraditional or long hours, and require care for their children. Previous generations were more likely to have the luxury of relying on a grandparent or family member living in the neighborhood to care for their young children when they went to work. Today, many families are spread all over the map, requiring parents to look elsewhere to find child care. And for many two-career couples who can't find extended-hours child care, the only option is to work alternate shifts, which makes it challenging to spend quality time together as a family.

In fall 2000, KFC launched Colonel's Kids to help make high-quality child care available to more families nationwide, and decided to partner with YMCAs as experts and leaders in the child care industry. Colonel's Kids is one of the first U.S. corporate foundations to name child care as its cause.

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