Longtime Brantford residents Steven and Helen Kun have doubled their commitment to the Laurier Brantford YMCA with an additional $1-million gift. The recent donation brought the family’s total contribution to the project to $2 million.
The YMCA and the university, along with community representatives, recognized the Kuns’ generous contribution during a celebration that also marked the completion of the Laurier Brantford YMCA fundraising campaign. The campaign raised a total of $5.4 million for the new facility, surpassing a goal of $5 million.
Support for the project has come from federal, provincial and municipal government partners, as well as local individuals and corporate donors who recognize the impact that the Laurier Brantford YMCA will have on the health and well-being of the community.
“The broad support we’ve received from local residents, business and our government partners highlights our shared commitment to improving the health and wellness of people in Brantford and our surrounding communities," said Jim Commerford, president and CEO, YMCA of Hamilton Burlington and Brantford. "Donors to the Laurier Brantford YMCA have been instrumental in bringing our vision for a healthier Brantford to life and we are grateful for their continued support.”
The Kuns were early supporters of the project, making their first $1-million donation in 2014. To recognize the family’s support, Laurier and the YMCA will name the main lobby the Kun Family Atrium. The 120,000-square-foot, multi-storey facility is slated to open in late summer 2018 and will feature an aquatic centre, large gymnasium, fitness and conditioning spaces, multi-purpose studios and lounge areas.