SOURCE: Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

September 24, 2009 10:00 ET

Mt. Diablo Region YMCA to Kick Off Annual Campaign With Gala Event

Strong Kids Annual Campaign Proceeds Fund Scholarships and Critical Services for Contra Costa County Residents

PLEASANT HILL, CA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA today announced the launch of its 2010 Strong Kids Campaign fundraising initiative, which will begin with its annual Boosters Charity Gala. The Strong Kids Campaign is a scholarship fund that allows children and families to benefit from family strengthening YMCA programs such as child care, day camp, membership and programs for at-risk youth. Proceeds from the Strong Kids Campaign will help ensure that no child or family is turned away from YMCA programs because of the inability to pay.

"We are proud to be able to meet the growing needs of our community by providing financial assistance for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs but may not otherwise be able to afford them," said Mike Erwin, CEO, Mt. Diablo Region YMCA. "Our goal is to raise $235,000 to provide scholarships for children and families from all income levels in Contra Costa County to participate in YMCA programs."

At the heart of community life in Contra Costa County, the mission-driven YMCA is "a place to belong" and to live the four core values that guide and unite our members: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The YMCA provides a special opportunity for kids and adults to join life-changing and life-saving programs such as day camp, child care, youth sports, water safety courses, before and afterschool care, and summer camp.

"Children and families in our community need and deserve the family-oriented programs and services the YMCA can provide," said Eric Eisenburg, Board Member. "Few things are more important than a healthy lifestyle, strong community, positive role models and quality time spent together as a family. This is a critical campaign for the future of our community, and I am honored to be involved."

The YMCA offers kids and families the chance to make positive choices: quality child care opportunities mean parents can work to improve their quality of life; youth sports programs give kids the chance to belong to a team devoted to making a positive difference; and healthy lifestyle programs give everyone in the family the chance to lead healthier, more productive lives.

GET INVOLVED

Each year, the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA provides over a quarter of a million dollars in financial assistance to thousands of local youth and families in need. The ability of the YMCA to provide this assistance depends upon the generosity of the local community. Every donation helps your neighbors in Contra Costa County.

A $50 donation will:

--  Teach a child how to swim
--  Help a senior citizen recover and rehabilitate from trauma for nearly
    three months
    

A $100 Donation will:

--  Help a disadvantaged child receive quality childcare for nearly a week
--  Allow a disadvantaged child to participate in a YMCA camp for nearly a
    week
    

For additional information or details on how to donate to the Strong Kids Campaign please call 925.609.9622.

The campaign is anchored by the YMCA Charity Gala, in which businesses and community members provide items of value for auction. Individuals wishing to provide items may contact: 925.609.9622 to learn about donation and sponsorship opportunities.

29th Annual YMCA BOOSTERS CHARITY GALA EVENT DETAILS

WHO:    This event is open to the public. Please register to
        attend online at: http://www.mdrymca.org.
        $150 per person or $275 per couple

WHAT:   The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA 2009 Boosters Charity Gala to
        raise support for its Strong Kids Campaign. Appetizers
        and dinner will be served.  Community-donated products
        and services will be available for bidding in a silent
        and live auction.

WHERE:  Blackhawk Museum
        3750 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
        Danville, California
        Please call 925.609.9622 for directions

WHEN:   Friday, October 16, 2009
        6:30 - 10:30 pm

About the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA has served the greater Contra Costa County area for more than 50 years. With four branches, 22 school-age child-care sites at local elementary schools and two preschools, the organization is continuing to grow and expand its network to meet the ever-changing needs of the local community. The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA provides program services for all age groups, from toddlers to seniors, to more than 40,000 households annually. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through programs that strengthen spirit, mind and body. Financial assistance is available to all individuals who demonstrate proven need. For more information, visit http://www.mdrymca.org.

Contact Information

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