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YMCA to celebrate fundraising results

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Harrison Family YMCA will be closing out is 2018 annual fundraising campaign with an Evening of Connectivity Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rocky Mount Mills.

The event, which will be held in the Beer Garden near the tall water silo at the mills, will feature appetizers and a chance to fellowship with other people in the community. While the event is free of charge and open to the public, anyone wishing to purchase drinks can do so at any of the breweries or restaurants at the Rocky Mount Mills including Goat Island Bottle Shop, HopFly Brewing, BDD Brewing, Koi Pond, TBC West: Tacos & Taproom, Tap@1918 and the Tipsy Tomato.

Alyssa Matthews, marketing and  development director for the YMCA, said the event will celebrate the staff, volunteers, members and community supporters who help make the work of the YMCA successful.

“On Thursday, we will announce the total amount raised during the campaign and be there to congratulate our staff and volunteers for their hard work, passion and dedication to the YMCA’s cause of strengthening community,” she said. “The Volunteer Spirit Awards will be presented to honor Y volunteers who have inspired us by giving of themselves to benefit the Y and its members and participants. Volunteers range from basketball coaches to swim meet timers to Togetherhood projects volunteers and more.”

Matthews said the money donated during the annual campaign makes it possible for children, families and adults to have access to Y programs that improve their lives.

“Of the funds raised, 100 percent are used to provide financial assistance in the form of full and partial scholarships based on individual need, as well as outreach programs, which are then made available to participants at little or no charge,” she said. “We are an organization that is open to all and we want all to become a part of us.”

The money is also used to promote the health and sense of connection for area residents, Matthews said.

“For many families, ‘healthy living’ seems unattainable due to finances. For dozens of seniors, ‘community’ may be an unfulfilled desire. For hundreds of youth, a safe space to play isn’t available for them. These are the ‘pieces’ that are vital to a healthy, confident, connected community. At the Y, we believe all people deserve a chance to reach their full potential, regardless of financial means — but we can’t do it on our own. We are all a piece to the puzzle,” she said in a press release about the event.

Anyone wishing to attend the event should respond online at harrisofamilyY.org or contact Matthews at 252-972-9622, ext. 232.

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