The Skagit Valley Family YMCA got the most out of a donation match from the Jack & Shirley McIntyre Foundation and an unnamed donor, securing an extra $1.5 million toward its new facility.

This brings the total to $13.1 million collected for the Mount Vernon facility that staff hopes will serve the community for 100 years.

“It’s more than we thought would ever be possible,” said Development and Campaign Director Renata Maybruck.

Foothills Toyota owner Pam Nelson and son Tyler Steinman donated $500,000, the largest donation they’ve ever given to any cause.

Nelson said Skagit County has been good to her, and she was grateful for the opportunity to show the community she cares about it and to contribute to a worthy project.

“If there’s something the community needs right now, ... it’s the YMCA,” she said.

In honor of their donation, Nelson and Steinman will have the opportunity to name the facility’s lobby.

The total projected cost of the facility is $24 million, with the YMCA set to finance whatever it doesn’t collect through donations or contributions from local governments, said Jennifer Pitner, development and campaign coordinator with the YMCA.

Construction won’t be deterred by the lack of a state capital budget, Maybruck said. She said she is confident the $3.9 million the YMCA was promised for construction will come through.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at 1901 Hogue Road, the site of the new YMCA. The public is welcome to attend, Maybruck said.

— Reporter Brandon Stone:, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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