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Strong Kids Campaign exceeds goal

Friday, March 5, 2010

The YMCA of Clay County annual Strong Kids Campaign raised $42,000 in charitable contributions for the organization this year.

The money will be used to support program and membership scholarships.

The goal was to raise $38,000. More than 40 volunteers worked together to solicit funds from community members and businesses.

Proceeds from the Strong Kids Campaign support the YMCA of Clay County scholarship fund, which assists those who cannot afford to pay the full fee for memberships or programs. The scholarship fund offers access to programs such as childcare, day camp and youth sports to low-income children and families at reduced rates.

"These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs but cannot afford them," YMCA Chief Executive Director Chad Zaucha said. "At the Y, kids not only learn how to dribble a ball, but they also learn about caring, honesty, respect and responsibility -- core values that can guide them throughout their lives. The Strong Kids campaign connects kids in need to programs that help them grow in confidence and self-esteem.

"The success of the campaign can be attributed to the commitment of our volunteers, staff and the community to the YMCA," Zaucha continued. "The overwhelming generosity of the community allows us to continue bringing our positive programs to those who need it most. With everyone's help, we are now able to give kids and families greater access to the wonderful opportunities offered at the Y."

"At the heart of community life in Clay County, our mission-driven YMCA is 'a place to belong' and to live the values that guide and unite our members: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility," Strong Kids Campaign Chair David Wright said. "The Strong Kids campaign is an investment in the future where, through the generosity of the community, kids can go to camp, families can enjoy the supportive environment of the Y and teens can learn valuable life skills."

The YMCA of Clay County currently serves 3,900 members and an additional 1,200 program participants. In 2009, the YMCA of Clay County provided more than $54,000 in financial assistance to the community.

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