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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Cargill donates $150,000 to Dodge City YMCA

  • On Tuesday, Cargill announced a $150,000 donation to the Dodge City Family YMCA for the creation of a child care center, which is one of the highest priority needs during the facility’s formative phase.  The first $100,000 will be paid in 2012, with $25,000 paid in 2013 and 2014.


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  • On Tuesday, Cargill announced a $150,000 donation to the Dodge City Family YMCA for the creation of a child care center, which is one of the highest priority needs during the facility’s formative phase.  The first $100,000 will be paid in 2012, with $25,000 paid in 2013 and 2014.
    “We are delighted to be involved with the establishment of a YMCA in Dodge City, where 2,750 Cargill employees and their families call home,” said Tom Allen, Cargill vice president and general manager of the company’s beef processing facility.  “We will all benefit from having a YMCA in Dodge City.  This is exciting for Dodge City and Cargill is pleased to play a role.  Investing in communities where Cargill maintains a presence has been part of the company’s cultural fabric since it was established in 1865 as a small grain elevator operation in rural Iowa.  Our belief is that Cargill prospers only when the communities we’re in prosper, and that point of view hasn’t changed in 147 years.”
    The Cargill Child Care Center at the Dodge City Family YMCA will provide before and after school support that will include healthy food, academic support such as tutoring and physical activities such as swimming.  The center will also provide summer camp and a place to hold “fun days” when there are school holidays.
    "Cargill is amazing,” said Chad Knight, YMCA of Southwest Kansas CEO.  “This contribution enables our YMCA to make some major changes regarding child care in Dodge City.  Our new Cargill Child Care Center will feature all-day care for school age children when they are not in school and even before school if they need that service. With this donation, we can make the necessary changes to an unused portion of the Sheridan Center and provide a quality and affordable program for the community. Cargill really stepped up the plate for our YMCA."
    CUTLINE: Representatives from Cargill Beef present a check for $150,000 to the YMCA of Southwest Kansas. From left to right: Rachel Rydell, Cargill Beef HR Generalist, Tom Allen, Cargill Beef Dodge City General Manager, Chad Knight, CEO YMCA of Southwest Kansas, Craig Mock, lead gifts chair for the YMCA, Sam Seybold, YMCA campaign manager, Dr. Mladen Perak, YMCA Steering Committee chair, and Eileen Jensen, YMCA Steering Committe member.
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