Campaign Chair Truitt Matthews kicked off the Lake Highlands Family YMCA capital campaign last week by encouraging fundraising volunteers to fan out into the community and remind neighbors of the life-changing impact of Y programs. He touted summer camps, Adventure Guides, sports programs, Youth & Government and Livestrong, the Y’s support program for cancer survivors.
“It’s important to help our youth get off to a good start,” agreed Steve Hedrick, chairman of the LH YMCA board and local small business owner. “I remember participating in Y programs as a child. We went on campouts and played in the baseball league – I learned what I was good at and what I wasn’t good at at the Y.” Joked Hedrick, “I wasn’t good at baseball.”
Dallas City Councilman Adam McGough, on hand to chair the campaign kickoff, had special praise for the Safety Around Water program, which provides swim lessons in apartment complexes where large numbers of children have year-round access to pools with limited lifeguard supervision.
“We have no idea how many lives are being saved in apartment communities by the Y,” McGough said. “What you’re doing out there matters. There are kids out there who just want to have a better life, and we need to help them get there.”
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