EXETER, N.H. — At The Exeter Inn on June 4, The Provident Bank presented Southern District YMCA with a donation of $250,000, the second largest gift the institution has made in its nearly 200-year history.
“The Provident Bank is a community bank. For the past 10 years, our major focus has been in New Hampshire,” said David Mansfield, CEO. “We are very proud to be part of this community.”
The bank’s president, Chuck Withee, congratulated the YMCA on reaching this pinnacle in their vision. “Taking action is worth celebrating,” he added. “The YMCA facility is a wonderful and worthwhile endeavor.”
More than 40 people were in attendance, including the president of the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association, Larry Foss, representing the first leadership gift of $250,000 made last August by the association.
A member of the car dealers association, Gary Blake, president of Gary Blake MotorCars and chairman of the YMCA Capital Campaign, said, “Supporting the YMCA is, for me, giving back to the community in which I have had a successful business for over 45 years. The Y will become a great center of community for all ages to learn, grow, and have fun in for many years to come.”
Since January, the YMCA facilities committee and design/build team of Jewett Construction Co., Inc. (JCCI) and Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects have done extensive due diligence visiting New England YMCA’s, exploring alternative energy efficiencies and meeting with focus groups on community needs.
Craig Jewett, president of JCCI, told the crowd, “It is an honor and privilege to have been selected from a competitive field of local contractors. It has been a long journey over the past six months. Today, we have accomplished a design that maximizes the investors’ contribution (donations) in a manner that fulfills the mission of the Y.”
“The design of this building is based on the thoughtful contributions of so many to ensure that the building will meet the needs of this unique community, today and in the future,” said Rob McGregor, executive director, Southern District YMCA. “We are grateful to The Provident Bank, and the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association, for being the trail blazers who took action with leadership gifts.”