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MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle
John Hilker tosses a medicine ball against a rebounding machine Thursday night during a special tour for donors and volunteers to the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA. His wife Lisa playfully encourages him. The new $8.3 million Y facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that will benefit children and adults alike.
YMCA dream comes to fruition

Dreams do come true.

A group of Citrus County residents had this dream in the late 1980s. Many, who had grown up under the influence of a YMCA, wanted one in their community.

They started a fundraising drive, but it didn’t stick. Blame it on the economy, or the fact that Citrus at that time just didn’t have enough families to get behind such an endeavor.

Their dream slept, but it endured.

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