Branch History

February 1, 1973: The Moshannon Valley YMCA (MV YMCA) opened as a branch of the Clearfield YMCA. The first organized activities were held in the former Moose building at 16 West Presqueisle Street in Philipsburg. The building was donated by the County National Bank.

November 1, 1976: The MV YMCA was granted its independent charter at the Annual Assembly of YMCAs in Philadelphia.

June 1, 1977: The County National Bank presented the deed to the MV YMCA building to the Board of Directors for the amount of $1.00.

October 1987: Facing overcrowded conditions and with a membership of 1,000, the MV YMCA Advisory Board voted to purchase the former Philipsburg Automotive Supply building from the Reliance Fire Company for $72,000. A capital fund drive led by a group of volunteers surpassed its goal of $250,000 and successfully raised $260,000 to renovate the building.

1989: In 1989 the new facility opened attracting a crowd of over 1,200 people. The newly renovated building was15,500 square feet with a modified gymnasium, three nursery school rooms, an exercise room, two weight training and fitness rooms and a large game room.

1994: Another fund drive was launched with a group of volunteers raising $260,000 to add to $200,000 received in state grant money. These funds were used to construct a new 7,000 square foot gymnasium which opened in January 1998. The gymnasium includes a maple floor purchased from Florida State University, six glass back boards and baskets, two electronic scoreboards, seating for 200 people and a concession area on the top floor.

1999: A new 3,200 square foot weight room is added to the front of the original building complete with carpeted floor. Through a donation by Charles Navasky Co., the MV YMCA received a building located three blocks away from the main YMCA location to house two batting cages.

2006: A capital fund drive is launched to fund the expansion of the MV YMCA through the addition of space that will join the main YMCA building and gymnasium into one building and house the growing Arts & Cultural program.

2007: A private donor contributes funds to construct a new facility to house the two batting cages.

July 2007: Dedication Ceremony is held to officially open the newly constructed John Manner Arts & Culture Center and the William “Keno” Beezer Batting Cage building.

January 2012: The Moshannon Valley YMCA merges with the YMCA of Centre County.
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