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Downtown YMCA raises $77,665 to helps strengthen Community

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The Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA raised $77,665 through its annual Community Support Campaign to help ensure that no child, family or adult is ever turned away at the Y. Funds raised provide financial support to individuals and families in need, so that they can participate in Y programs and services, officials said.

“The Y counts on the generosity of donors and volunteers to make a meaningful impact on our community,” said Bruce Huck, campaign chair for the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA. “We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.”

A record-setting total of $963,512 was raised by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City Association, which includes locations in Bethany, Chickasha, Edmond, Guthrie, Midwest City and Oklahoma City. The funds directly support the Y’s cause of strengthening communities by nurturing the potential of every youth and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Nearly 450 Y volunteers solicited funds from more than 2,500 community members and 525 businesses across the metro area. The campaign saw a 5 percent increase in donations compared to last year. More than 9,000 children and families received financial assistance totaling more than $1.8 million in 2010.

“The financial needs of the communities we serve extend beyond our resources, which is why the Community Support Campaign is so important,” said Michele Taylor, executive director of the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA. “Funds from the campaign are what make it possible for the Y to offer financial support to everyone regardless of age, income or background ensuring our mission of providing access for all.”

To learn more about how to support the Y’s Community Support Campaign, please contact Steve Marrs, director of annual support at 405 297 7771 or visit www.ymcaokc.org for more information.

The Y:

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.Across the Oklahoma City Metro, 10 Ys engage 130,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

For more information, visit ymcaokc.org.

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