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April 4, 2005

Contacts: Viterbo University, Gary Klein @ 608-796-3074,
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, Lisa Sauer @ 608-785-3161

$7.5 million goal for Amie L. Mathy Center for Recreation and Education reached La Crosse Community Foundation $100,000 challenge grant goal met $50,000 gift from Weber Family sends project “over the top”

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Elated community volunteers associated with raising funds for the Amie L. Mathy Center for Recreation and Education announced today that the collaborative project between Viterbo University and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, has exceeded its $7.5 million goal.
The announcement was made possible today when Don and Roxie Weber and family presented representatives from the club and university with a check for $50,000 which officially put the fundraising tally over the $7.5 million mark. Don is CEO of Logistics Health which has its headquarters located in La Crosse.
In addition to exceeding the goal, the new Mathy Center will also gain the full benefit of the $100,000 dollar-for-dollar endowment matching challenge grant issued by the La Crosse Community Foundation. This challenge was the largest endowment grant issued in the foundation's history.

According to John Desmond, co-chair of the fundraising committee, the proceeds from the campaign will be enough to pay for the building which is scheduled for completion in late summer, and fund an endowment for youth programming and maintenance.
“This project was unbelievable in the way it gathered momentum,” Desmond said, “and when the community learned what the Mathy Center would provide for Viterbo students and neighborhood youth, the support was incredible and very generous. This will be the only facility of its kind in the nation and in less than two years, we were able to raise in excess of seven and one-half million dollars.”
In addition to the generosity of a number of benefactors, Desmond indicated the community was able to get involved in other ways as organizers raised over $100,000 sponsoring one of the largest raffles ever promoted in the area.
The center is named after the late Amie L. Mathy, an engineer by trade and founder of Mathy Construction, who passed away in 1987.  His grandson, Scott Mathy, also served as co-chair of the fundraising committee.
“We couldn't be happier right now,” Mathy said, “and I applaud this collaboration which is really distinctive. When we contacted organizations and businesses to ask about their participation, we would often hear compliments about the vision and spirit of cooperation that made this project possible.  From elementary to college - students of all ages will benefit from what this center will have to offer.”
Supporters of the historic joint collaboration, cite a number of benefits that will result from the project. The Boys & Girls Clubs will secure permanent and much needed space to serve the youth of La Crosse's south side, and Viterbo, which has nearly tripled its enrollment over the past 12 years, will be able to secure much needed space to alleviate the serious overcrowded conditions which exist in its current Student Activities Center.
The new building will include three collegiate-size gymnasiums, a teen center, a cardiovascular fitness room, a 1/8 mile walking and jogging track, game rooms, a free weight strength center, computer lab and art room.

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