YMCA Fundraiser Kicks Off

The YMCA of the Foothills announced the kick-off of its 2011 Annual Support Campaign, a fundraising effort to increase support for the Crescenta-Cañada and Verdugo Hills Family YMCAs as they work to improve and enhance the quality of life of those they serve. Gifts received are returned to the community in many forms: expanded connections for 12 to 17 year old youth, deepening social and spiritual growth opportunities, health and wellness outreach and by providing membership assistance.

President Tyler Wright and CEO and Volunteer Campaign Chairman Terry Walker joined campaign volunteers at the kick off reception on Tuesday Night at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. Jim Netto, the director of Health Lifestyles, shared an original song he composed about his journey through life and how his connection to the Y has changed his life.

“I have a personal challenge to always be there for the Y and those in need,” shared Netto as he prepared for the evening’s performance.

The annual community support campaign is leading the fundraising effort for the YMCA where 75% of the donations come directly from the community. Last year the campaign raised $379,000 which allowed more than 1,200 kids and families to participate in programs including Youth & Government, Model United Nations, summer camp, child care, and health and wellness programs. More than 1,700 people made charitable gifts to the YMCA campaign in 2010.

To find out more about the Annual Support Campaign, contact Kim Beattie, director of Development at kbeattie@ymcafoothills.org.