February 22, 2019

Pictured left to Right: Terri Cain, President and CEO of Lake Business Products; Dick Bennett, CEO Lake County YMCA; Leslie Walsh, Advancement Administrative Assistant.

The Lake County YMCA has received the largest donation to their capital campaign to date: $500,000 from Terri Cain and Lake Business Products. The gift was announced Friday, February 15, 2019.

In recognition of the landmark gift, the Lake County YMCA will name its West End YMCA at Union Village Main Lobby in honor of the family and business.  Terri, a lifelong resident and business owner in Lake County, made the donation in the name of her father, Jack Slattery, who started Lake Business Products in 1960.  Terri prides herself and her business on giving back to the community where she lives and operates. "I am blessed and grateful to be in a position to contribute to the Lake County West End YMCA’s Capital Campaign and strongly believe in its mission to help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all."

Terri was introduced to the project by Leslie Walsh, a longtime friend and advocate for the Y, while spending some time scrapbooking together.  Leslie encouraged Terri to go on a vision tour of the new building in the fall of 2018 to learn more about the project. After Terri’s visit to the project, she recognized the YMCA aligned with her deep affinity for her community, her faith and her willingness to give back and decided it was time to leave her family’s name a legacy for years to come .   

The half million dollar donation will be used to construct the new West End YMCA at Union Village scheduled to open September of 2019.  The new building will ensure the YMCA continues to help every person reach their full potential right here in Lake County. The new West End Y will have both individual and shared spaces. The 35,000 square foot facility will have an additional 25,000 square feet of shared space which will include; two indoor pools - the Y’s recreational and the school’s competitive pool, a four-court field house with indoor walking/jogging track, and the school classrooms and commons area make for natural collaborative spaces for after school hours.

Dick Bennett, CEO of the Lake County Y, affirmed the significance of the donation, “At the Y, strengthening the community is our cause.  Every day, we work side by side with partners, such as Terri and Lake Business Products, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  The Lake County YMCA values the generosity of those such as Terri for their support, as it is essential to the success of the YMCA.”

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