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Local Co-ops contribute to YMCA

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI) and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) came together to donate $5,000 toward the Texas County Family YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign. 

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 campaign also helps to keep programs affordable for all members, provides upkeep for the facility and helps with the overall sustainability of the YMCA.

YMCA Chief Executive Officer Linus VanderWyst 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 from the community to enable the YMCA to serve Texas County,” VanderWyst 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 $60,000. VanderWyst said any business, community organization or individual interested in supporting the YMCA can contact them by phone at 580-468-9622 or donations can be accepted at  the YMCA, 1602 N. Oklahoma, Guymon.

PTCI and TCEC are local cooperatives serving Texas County and other areas in and around the Oklahoma Panhandle. Concern for Community is one of the seven cooperative principles. The two cooperatives make joint donations to improve the quality of life for their cooperative members.   

Photo Cutline: Left to right: Chris Purdy, vice president Member Solutions, TCEC; Linus VanderWyst, chief executive officer, YMCA; Connie Hawkins, marketing manager, PTCI.

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