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Eden, N. C., August 11, 1969
New YMCA Fund Campaign To Open
A Message To Eden Employees
H. W. WHITCOMB
Chairman, Board Of Directors
I want to comment on the brochure being distributed to Eden
area employees concerning plans to build a modern, new,
family-centered YMCA for the Eden community.
As many of you know, the YMCAs have served this area for
many decades and have done a remarkable job, though handi
capped by the lack of adequate facilities. The present Central
“Y” building is 60 years old. It is so dilapidated and in such
a poor location for parking, play areas, etc., as to make it un
wise to spend large sums for remodeling or improvements.
For a number of years, various committees have been study
ing- the needs and investigating the possibilities of a new
YMCA for Eden. A building program has now been undertaken
and plans are going forward to construct a new YMCA build
ing on a 30-acre tract of land donated by Mr. F. C. Dumaine,
Jr., president of the Amoskeag Company and a director of
Fieldcrest Mills, Inc.
The best estimates indicate that the building will cost a mini
mum of $800,000, if built now. The Fieldcrest Foundation has
made a challenge gift of up to $400,000 to be matched by
other businesses and citizens of Eden and the surrounding
area. I believe that the community as a whole is strongly in
favor of going ahead with this program. I am sure that the
matching $400,000 can be raised without hardship to anyone if
all of us do our part.
I am writing this note to ask each of you to be thinking about
this matter and what the successful conclusion of this project
will mean to the people of the Eden area now and in the years
The Fieldcrest organization has always done its full share
in supporting religious, educational, recreational and every
other worthwhile activity in our community. I am sure that
once again the full support of Fieldcrest people will be the de
ciding factor in making the New YMCA Campaign a success
and will bring into being one of the finest additions ever made
to our community.
Fieldcrest Foundation Makes
$400,000 Challenge Gift To
Be Matched By Community
Fieldcrest men and women will have
an important part in the campaign to
raise funds to build a new, family-
A campaign to enlist the support of
all Fieldcresters in the Eden area has
been scheduled for the week beginning
Monday, August 18.
The Company has announced that the
Fieldcrest Foundation will make a chal
lenge gift of up to $400,000, to be
matched by a like amount in contribu
tions from other industries, businesses
and individual citizens.
Because Fieldcrest is Eden’s largest
employer, the community’s ability to
raise the additional $400,000 will be
determined largely by the success of the
campaign in the mills.
Wholehearted support by Fieldcresters
will be the most important factor in
assuring that the necessary funds are
A brochure explaining the new
YMCA project and a question-and-
answer pamphlet are being distributed
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Prizes, Awards To Be
Offered In Campaign
Employees who pledge on the “three
minutes a day” basis in the New YMCA
building fund campaign will be eligible
for valuable prizes to be awarded in
drawings in each mill division and in
the staff organization.
The prizes in each division include a
9 X 12 Karastan oriental design rug, a
week’s vacation with pay and two one-
year family memberships in the new
YMCA. In addition, a 23-inch screen
color television set will be given as a
grand prize, in a drawing from the
names of all employees, mill and staff,
who pledge on the “three minutes a day”
The President’s Plaque, given by G.
William Moore, president of Fieldcrest
Mills, Inc., will be awarded to the mill
division with the highest percentage of
employees pledging on the “three min-
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