Letter: Principles into practice
On Mother’s Day weekend, the Mathews Family YMCA hosted our annual Bluegrass and BBQ Bash and saw a record attendance with about 160 folks supporting a great cause while also having a great time. The food was plentiful and delicious. All the while, Last Minute Grass with Ralph Motley entertained us.
We were blessed by the generosity of so many, whom we thank. To our sponsors, and the many merchants, locally and across the state, who donated items for both our live and silent auctions, thank you. To Ann Foster at Kingston Plantation for providing an exquisite setting, thank you. To the YMCA Board, volunteers and staff for knocking on the doors of our merchants for auction items and sponsors, for setup and cleanup, for all the behind-the-scenes work, for promoting the Y so enthusiastically, thank you.
Most of all, to those who attended: you opened your hearts and your pocketbooks with contributions that will enable kids to attend swim lessons, soccer programs and youth camps, give teens an opportunity to be part of the solution through Teen Leaders, provide rehabilitative workouts for adults … and the list goes on and on … thank you.
All the proceeds from the BBQ Bash stay in Mathews supporting our Strong Communities program. It enables both young and old the opportunity to participate, even if they don’t have the financial means to do so. Through your support, the Y can continue to tackle national health issues across the spectrum from childhood obesity to child hunger, while also teaching the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to our younger generations.
There are so many worthwhile nonprofits in Mathews County. That you so generously include the Y in your charitable giving enables us to focus on our mission each and every day: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Mathews Family YMCA