2019 Year in Review


Dear Friends, 

2019 was another outstanding year, meeting the needs of the communities we are so fortunate to serve. For more than 134 years, the Dallas YMCA has been adapting to the changing needs of our members, and 2019 was no different. Our highlights this year reflect some of the ways the Y provided support and resources to the children and families in our community to become more healthy, confident and connected.

As we begin 2020, the YMCA looks to grow and serve thousands of new families and new communities by expanding our presence throughout the North Texas region. Following a year-long study, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors and our leadership approved a multi-year strategic growth strategy to renovate existing YMCA locations and partner with new communities to significantly expand the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas' footpring with new or expanded programs or facilities. 

While our programs and facilities are based on the unique needs and interests of the communities we serve, every Y has one thing in common: our people, our volunteers, members, donors and staff all working together to strengthen community. Thank you for your continues support and participation; we are excited for what's to come. If you would like to support the Y with a year-end gift visit ymcadallas.org/donate.


Curt Hazelbaker
President & Chief Executive Officer

A smiling woman holding a purple button that says "YMCA Day of Giving"

The Dallas YMCA teamed up with the Fort Worth and Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCAs to host YMCA Day of Giving. The joint effort resulted in $294,576 raised from over 1,800 donations! 

Creighton Webb, Mayor Eric Johnson, and YMCA Ceo Curt Hazelbaker smiling
Key Leaders Luncheon

Top business and Community leaders joined us for lunch and conversation with newly elected Dallas Mayor, Eric Johnson.

A couple smiling at the camera standing in front of a giant inflatable turkey
52nd Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

The Dallas YMCA's 52nd annual Turkey Trot was a success! Thousands flocked to City Hall Plaza on Thanksgiving morning for another great year of fitness, family, and fun. 

Semones Family YMCA Reveal

The Town North YMCA was renamed in honor of Jack Semones, a longtime supporter of the Dallas Y and the trailblazer who started the Town North location. We are honored to solidify Jack's legacy with the newly-named Semones Family YMCA.

Summer of Safety

We celebrated another safe summer with our Safety Around Water program! Using apartment community pools, our staff teach kids life-saving water safety skills at no cost. Over 7,000 children were served this summer!

Students Shine at Summer Learning Academy

For the second summer in a row, Summer Learning Academy has provided an inclusive and hands-on learning environment to students in the Dallas area. Throughout the summer, the program helped 100 students continue learning outside of the school year, and nearly 80% of students increased or maintained their scores in math and reading. 

John Taylor sitting and smiling at the camera
Volunteer Highlight: John Taylor

At this year's Annual Meeting, John Taylor was presented with the Charles P. Storey Strong Communities Award. John has been coming to the Y since he was 5 years old. Now 94, he continues to show his dedication and commitment to the YMCA. 

A group of people smiling for a selfie
Diversity and Inclusion at the Y

The Dallas Y made great strides toward diversity and inclusion in 2019. Click to learn more about how we're doing this by educating and supporting our staff to create a truly inclusive environment for all. 

Kamp K'aana campers smiling for a photo in front of Possum Kingdom lake

This summer, 16 campers were inspired to live healthier lifestyles at Kamp K'aana! Campers lost an average of 8 pounds during the 2-weeks, and built relationships that will last a lifetime. 

Again this year, the YMCA earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  

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