The Mercer County CYO has launched an ambitious capital campaign to fund a 4600 square-foot addition to the main building of the organization’s Yardville childcare site and camp in Hamilton Township. The structure is to be named the “Monsignor Toomey Annex” in honor of the late Monsignor Leonard R. Toomey, founder and first director of the Catholic Youth Organization in Mercer County.
The proposed annex will include a large open area with a divider to separate the space into two smaller rooms; retractable bleachers, portable basketball hoops, a storage area and bathrooms. The space will be suitable for physical education classes, indoor play, performances, graduation ceremonies, staff development workshops and parent meetings.
The building, built in 1958 and used as the main indoor structure for the CYO Yardville site’s summer day camp, was expanded and renovated in 2002 and again in Sept. 2004, when classrooms were constructed to transform CYO Yardville into a year-round licensed childcare center with a pre-school and school age aftercare programs. The CYO Yardville site currently serves more than 850 children ages three to 15.
Thomas G. Mladenetz, CYO executive director, stated the organization is undergoing permit review and eagerly anticipates breaking ground next spring. “We should be operational by summer camp season and do the major construction next fall,” he predicted, and estimated the capital campaign stands at 35 percent of its goal of $950,000 for the annex.
The Mercer County CYO was founded in 1952 under the auspices of the Diocese of Trenton. The late Msgr. Leonard R. Toomey spearheaded a corps of thousands of volunteers in renovating the current site of the CYO, once the RKO Broad Movie Theater on South Broad Street in Trenton. He urged the diocese to purchase the site of the 23-acre Springdale Park in the Yardville section of Hamilton Township, the present-day site of the camp and day care center. One of Msgr. Toomey’s last public appearances before his death was at the CYO Yardville Day Camp’s 50th anniversary celebration.
The Catholic Youth Organization is an IRS approved 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit entity. For further information or to make a contribution to the Monsignor Toomey Annex capital campaign, contact Thomas Mladenetz at [email protected] or 609-585-4280 x 107. Donations can be made at the CYO website via either downloaded form or electronically.[[In-content Ad]]