BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon Rotary Club announced a $10,000 pledge to Stockert Youth & Community Center expansion capital campaign during Thursday’s City Council Meeting.
According to Buckhannon Rotary President Mary Dean, at the Buckhannon Rotary Club board meeting held on March 11, Rotary leaders decided to make the $10,000 pledge toward the construction of the new gymnasium and multi-purpose facility.
SYCC Board members and Rotarians Donald Nestor and Robert Rupp were on hand to accept the pledge.
While the gift will not be handed over until construction commences, their financial commitment provides further incentive for other funders to join the campaign.
“This pledge puts us up to around $280,000,” Buckhannon Mayor McCauley said. McCauley added that businesses, groups and individuals are still welcome and encouraged to make a contribution to the fund.
Rotarians and SYCC Board members Don Nestor and Rob Rupp shared how happy they are to see that more progress is being made in facility planning as well as the fundraising efforts, and hope SYCC can set a date for construction to begin soon.
Don Nestor noted that he has been very pleased being involved with Stockert over the years and knowing that thousands of children have passed through the doors to find support, safety and fun.
Rob Rupp noted that most towns don’t have a community center, but that Buckhannon isn’t like most other towns.
It was also noted the cornerstone of the building was laid in April 1909.
Stockert Youth Center was founded in 1995 through a bequest from the estate of Joyce A. Stockert. Through her generosity, thousands of Upshur County children have enjoyed the benefits of having a safe, caring place to play, grow and learn. Stockert Youth Center is housed in the former East Main Street School and is run by the City of Buckhannon with cooperation from the Upshur County Commission and the Upshur County Board of Education. Stockert Youth Center participates in the AmeriCorps*VISTA program and is a West Virginia Site of Promise.
The mission of the youth center is to provide youth with the opportunities and support they need to become healthy, responsible, and caring adults.