YMCA Campaign Raises $28,000: This Week in History

A YMCA class in the Phoenix in the early 20th century

YMCA Campaign Raises $28,000: This Week in History

Melina Druga
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Among stories of crime and politics on the front page of the Colorado Springs Weekly Gazette on May 10, 1906, was a story of local interest.  A YMCA campaign had raised $28,000.

Denver’s Simon Guggenheim made a generous $500 contribution to the organization’s Fifty Thousand Dollar Campaign, pushing it past the $28,000 mark.

Other large contributions were made that day. Giddings Brothers Dry Goods Store contributed $400 and two other individuals besides Guggenheim donated $500 each.

The YMCA was confident it would reach its $50,000 goal by the May 22 deadline and probably even surpass the goal.

Donations came from the poor as well as the wealthy.  The Gazette told the story of an unnamed woman who made $40 a month but donated a week’s salary to the cause, wishing she had more to give.  She was not alone.  Others donated what they could.

The campaign was part of one that was occurring at YMCAs nationwide.

“F. A. Druehl, president of the Robinson Drug Co., gave a check for $100,” the Gazette said.  “Mr. Druehl is chairman of the board of directors of the Salt Lake YMCA and says about $250,000 is invested in the association work in that city with nearly 1,000 boys enrolled.  He is enthusiastic over the campaign here and expresses belief that the success here will be greater than is expected.”

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