Katy, TX (February 4, 2016) The Katy Family YMCA kicked off its Annual Campaign on January 28 to help raise funds that will provide scholarships to local youth, teen, families, and seniors. Last year this effort raised $457,000 to benefit over 5,000 people in our community. Each of the 36 YMCAs across the greater Houston area work together to meet the $7.6 million goal.
The kick-off event, which was held at Noah’s Event Venue, also served as a Turkey Dash sponsor appreciation reception. The 13th annual Thanksgiving Day race held last November raised almost $208,000 which goes toward the Katy Y’s 2016 Annual Campaign goal. Networking, dinner, and a program illustrating the Y’s impact on the Katy community were highlights of the evening. Speakers included Sidney Evans, Senior Advisor – Business Affairs, from the Turkey Dash’s Presenting Sponsor, Reliant, an NRG company. Other featured speakers were Katy Y Board Chairman Steve Pierson, Board Annual Campaign Chair David Ruzicka, Capital Campaign Chair Dr. Leonard Merrell as well as two scholarship recipients who voiced their appreciation to donors.
YMCA of Greater Houston association volunteers united more than 10,000 individual, corporate, and foundation donors as a part of last year’s campaign. They raised more than $7.2 million to support efforts at YMCAs throughout the Houston area.
Dollars raised will serve thousands of people in programs like child care, swim lessons, day camp, active older adults, sports and more. The donations provide Houston-area families opportunities to spend quality time together and equip children with skills for the future. One hundred percent of the money raised throughout the campaign stays within the local community.
“With the generosity of those in the community, we can continue to serve our neighbors by providing educational and healthy experiences for all, regardless of a person’s ability to pay,” said Brian Haines, YMCA of Greater Houston Vice-President of Operations.
To pledge a gift, volunteer, or to find out more about the YMCA Annual Campaign, contact Connie Stirgus at 281-392-5055 or visit ymcahouston.org/donate.