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Local Co-ops Contribute to YMCA

GUYMON, Okla. (Jan. 30, 2014) – Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and Tri-County Electric Cooperative came together to donate $5,000 to help the Texas County Family YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign.

Left to right: Kyle Hawkins, general manager, YMCA; Stephanie Chapman, public relations representative, PTCI; Sarah Wagner, senior director, YMCA; Chris Purdy, vice president, member solutions, TCEC.The annual support campaign helps fund the YMCA’s scholarship program, which helps low-income families with membership and program fees so they can take advantage of the YMCA’s offerings. The support also helps to keep programs affordable for all members, provides upkeep for the facility and helps with the overall sustainability of the YMCA.

YMCA general manager, Kyle Hawkins said the center could not serve the community at the level it does without the support of the community.

“We rely on the generous contributions of the community to enable the YMCA to serve Texas County,” Hawkins said. “Every donation makes a difference and is tax-deductible.”

While nearly 87 percent of the YMCA’s operating expenses are funded through membership-related fees, the annual support campaign helps to cover the remaining expenses as well as unexpected ones that may arise.

The YMCA’s fundraising campaign goal is $75,000. Hawkins said any business, community organization or individual interested in supporting the YMCA can contact them by phone at 580-338-5720 or new this year donations can be accepted online at

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Headquartered in Hooker, Okla., Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to delivering safe, reliable, affordable electric service. The utility serves approximately 23,000 member accounts in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, and the northern border of the Texas Panhandle. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI) along with its wholly-owned subsidiary Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Guymon, Oklahoma and provides high quality Home, Business and Cellular Telephone service, High Speed Internet service and Digital Television service to customers in the Oklahoma Panhandle area.  For more information, visit

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