The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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President's News

First Friday Report July 2017:

Dear YMCA Friends,

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening through your YMCA:

Youth Development Since 1949, YMCA Camp Grady Spruce has been impacting kids and families in life changing ways. Recently I read a letter from a former camper and counselor who shared a wonderful story. It reads, “I began attending Camp Grady Spruce in 1979. It was a life changing turn in the road for me that has impacted every single thing going forward.  I was a Frontier camper and then a Counselor in Training, a Junior Counselor and worked as a counselor the summer before I attended Hollins College in Virginia. I have been back to camp only a few times in recent years, but last year, I was a guest of the Executive Director and stayed in Larkin cabin across from Hell's Gate over Mother's Day weekend with my children and grandfather who was born in 1925.  He sat on her screened in porch with a fierce wind whipping through his hair and said the Great Depression prevented me from attending Camp Grady Spruce, but here I am after all. He passed away less than two weeks later.  It was literally the best weekend of his years after having cared for my grandmother with two decades of dementia. The anniversary of his death is this weekend, and I have a smile in my mind as I reflect upon my last visit to camp.” What a great testament to the impact of Camp. 

Healthy Living
 The Frisco Family YMCA expansion project will be completed and opens on July 10th. The new space includes an expanded weight room, an additional group exercise room and the opening of a functional fitness area called “The Garage”. The new area gives members the opportunity to pursue a more challenging workout either in a class setting or working with one of our experienced personal trainers. Click here to learn more about what is happening in Frisco.

Social Responsibility The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation supports the mission, programs and facilities of the Dallas Y. Operating as a separate entity with an independent Board of Directors, the Foundation provides over one million dollars annually to support the important work taking place through our branches and program sites. Foundation resources come from generous individuals and families that have designated a portion of their estates to the YMCA. The Y played an important role in their life for many years and the Foundation gives them the opportunity to continue that impact for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about the Foundation and how you could include the Y in your estate planning, contact Charlie Myer at 469 276 8456 or


Thank you for your continued support.

In spirit, mind, and body, 


Curt Hazelbaker
President and Chief Executive Officer











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