The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 17, 2014

Family values

Thanks to donors, members, volunteers, staff for YMCA contributions

ENID, Okla. — The goal was set high for the Denny Price Family YMCA’s annual Back A Youth Campaign, but the final result surpassed those great expectations.

The YMCA’s campaign kicked off in January with a luncheon for some of the nearly 100 volunteers looking to raise $140,000 this year.

This year’s campaign, which was led by YMCA board First Vice President Cathy Stocker and Second Vice President Peter Dillingham, eventually raised $151,320 and added 118 new members to the Y.

 “Their support gives us the resources to make sure everyone in our community has access and opportunities to reach their full potential in a safe, welcoming environment,” Executive Director Ken Rapp said. “We could not do this alone.”

Now the YMCA will be able to offer financial assistance to help kids have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school, allow families to reconnect and grow together and give people access to education and training to reach their full potential. That benefits the entire Enid community.

This year’s annual campaign had 90 volunteers seeking donations and new memberships throughout the community.

During a Western-themed dinner at Simpson’s Old Time Museum, the results were announced to some of the volunteers and division leaders who worked on the campaign.

AdvancePierre Foods received special recognition as the business that donated the most to the campaign with a gift of $10,000.

“What you all have done is so wonderful,” said campaign co-chairwoman Stoker. “On behalf of the YMCA, thank you for what you’ve done.”

Thanks to the donors, members, volunteers, staff and the community for your generous contributions. Your dedicated work is making Enid a better place for everyone.

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