Grand Opening of the YMCA’s Glenna Rodney Fouberg Youth Development Center

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The Aberdeen Family YMCA Youth Development Center now has a new name: the Rodney and Glenna Fouberg Youth Development Center.

The new name became official Wednesday at a renaming ceremony at the center of State Street. The ceremony also kicked off the campaign to raise $3.5 million for a 10,562 square foot expansion to add four classrooms.

Campaign co-chair Kim Dorsett said $1 million has been raised so far. She said she knows the panic a parent feels when suddenly faced with the need to find childcare.

“Aberdeen and surrounding areas have an unmet need,” she said, adding that this is particularly true for infant care.

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The expanded facility will also create 20 new jobs.

Dr James Johnston, chairman of the Aberdeen Family YMCA board, said the expansion will meet a growing need.

“It will solve a growing waiting list problem that we have had for years,” he said.

The addition is expected to increase capacity to 145 children.

Glenna and Rodney Fouberg

Naming the facility after the Foubergs, Johnson said, is an acknowledgment of their longstanding support that began in the early 2000s.

The couple led the steering committee that raised funds for the new YMCA built in 2005. They also served as Co-Chairs/Honorary Chairs in the construction of the Youth Development Center, which opened in 2013.

Today, Johnston said, the YMCA serves 6,000 members a day and many youth activities.

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Robert Fouberg, who spoke on behalf of the family, said it was a privilege to accept this recognition. The family is touched by this honor, he said.

Although Glenna Fouberg died in 2021, her son Robert said her spirit and the family’s love for her are alive and well.

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