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This Day in Richmond History: January 31, 1907

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Funding for a new Y.M.C.A. building in Richmond comes down to the last day

After a short 15 day fundraising window for the public to raise $200,000 for a new Young Men's Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) building in Richmond, the required total had not been reached by the last day, January 31, 1907. According to the Times-Dispatch paper in Richmond, the campaign was still $27,440 dollars short of the goal.

The whole community pitched in to the fundraiser to make this community building a reality. Over 200 folks involved in the Y.M.C.A. campaign canvassed the city on that last day in January, collecting all they could to meet the mandated deadline to raise the funds. Most notably a Miss Helen Gould, who was abroad at the time, cabled $25,000 to the campaign to help the building campaign a success.

By day's end, the campaign had raised $226, 929 dollars. Within a couple of years the city was able to enjoy the new building and all of the benefits of the Y.M.C.A. The new building contained 93 sleeping rooms, a gym, bowling alleys, billiard rooms, and barber shop, among other things. It was located at the corner of 7th and Grace Streets.

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