YMCA of WNC launches Healthier Communities Campaign

From the press release:

Western North Carolina, February 21, 2012 – The YMCA of Western North Carolina announced the launch of Healthier Communities Campaign to help individuals and families in need participate in YMCA programs. Funds raised 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.

Financial assistance is critical to the Y’s goal that everyone has an opportunity to receive the support, guidance and resources to learn, grow and thrive.

“At the YMCA of Western North Carolina, we count on the generosity of our donors and volunteers to make a meaningful impact on our community,” said Paul Vest, CEO, YMCA of Western North Carolina. “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.”

Gifts to the YMCA make a direct impact to the community. Last year, financial support made it possible for: 352 kids to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school; 850 children to learn healthy eating habits, improve their cardio, strength, and flexibility through Youth Fit For Life; and 4,077 children, families, and friends to reconnect and grow together through Y programming.

Please join us for our upcoming Healthier Communities Campaign kick-off events:

Asheville Y, February 24, 5:30-8pm – Youth Basketball with the UNCA Team and Family Night

February 25, All day – Community Open House, serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and sharing the Y story

Corpening Y, February 24, 5:30-8pm – Family 250, a family-to-family challenge with prizes

Reuter Y, February 24, 5-8pm – Community Family Night, with games, activities and a special check presentation at 6pm by Diamond Brand.

February 25, 9-11am – Reuter’s Art Studio Open, with free art projects for kids

Woodfin Y, February 27, All day – Community Day, with games, activities and sharing the Y story

“We cannot do this alone,” Vest said. “Whether as a donor or volunteer, we encourage everyone to join our campaign to help our kids realize who they are and what they can achieve, and help our neighbors to do more for themselves and their families.”

Joining the Y’s commitment in creating a healthier western North Carolina for all are the Healthier Communities Campaign partners. Partners are companies and individuals who have contributed $5,000 or more to the Campaign. The 2011 partners are: Platinum Partners, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Volvo Construction Equipment; Gold Partners, 105.9 The Mountain, Clear Channel Radio, Diamond Brand, The Glass Foundation, ken and Nancy Glass, Rick and Denise Guthy, Hinson Family Charitable Trust, United Healthcare; Silver Partners, Anonymous, Asheville Tourist Baseball, Rick and Elaine Bagley, Bojangles, CarePartners Health Services, Carolina Spine and Neurosurgery Center, Lessons in Leadership, Keith and Barbra Love, The Joe Mongovis Scholarship Fund, Progress Energy, Pat and Angie Vest, Paul and Vicki Vest, Wells Fargo, and Western Carolina Medical Society.

To learn more about the event or how to support the Y’s Healthier Communities Campaign, please contact Dana Davis, Financial Development Director at 828-210-9656 orddavis@ymcawnc.org, or visit ymcawnc.org for more information.


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