Families donate $2 million to YMCA at WSU

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The greater Wichita YMCA announced Tuesday that Steve and Becky Clark, and Ken and Jan Shannon donated $1 million each, to bring a YMCA to the Wichita State Innovation campus.

WSU has been working since last year to bring a YMCA on campus. However, the funds had not been raised to provide building for this project. "This is one of the largest fundraising efforts the Y has ever taken on, and these are the largest personal gifts we've seen in our Y's history," said YMCA President and CEO Ronn McMahon.

A business graduate of Wichita State, Steve Clark is the chairman of Clark Investment group, and at the age of eighteen, became the youngest licensed realtor in Kansas. Clark has donated much of his time volunteering at local charities and has severed on the Board of Directors for Intrust Bank. Clark has also worked alongside the YMCA for over 25 years.

Clark also served as a Captain and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Clark lives in Wichita with his wife, Becky and four children.

Ken and Jan Shannon have lived in Wichita their entire lives. Both graduated from Wichita State University. Ken and Jan Shannon have committed to supporting children's charities. 

The new YMCA is scheduled to open in 2020. The facility will include comprehensive student health and counseling services. It is also expected to serve more than 22,000 students, faculty, staff and Innovation Campus workers and neighbors in the Fairmount community.

Images of the new facility were released today during the donation announcement.

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