YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Presents 2021 Bill Botts Award to Suzana Delgado-Gray of the Grand Prairie Family YMCA
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas presented its 2021 Bill Botts Award to Suzana Delgado-Gray, district executive at the Grand Prairie Family YMCA for excellence in fundraising. The annual award is one of the Y's most prestigious and is named after the late Bill Botts, a former executive who dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the national organization.
“I want to thank the YMCA for this prestigious honor,” said Delgado-Gray. “Throughout my career with the YMCA, my focus has been on sharing the mission of the Y and continuing to grow opportunities and expand relationships to advance the Y’s cause-driven mission. I’m excited to continue that work in the Grand Prairie community and in the greater North Texas area.”
Delgado-Gray was instrumental in expanding the Y's footprint through community engagement across seven counties and providing consistent support for families and youth. In her role as District Executive for the Grand Prairie Family YMCA, she has implemented new fundraising strategies that have grown community giving in the number of donors, doubling Chairman Round Table Level gifts from the previous year, and maintaining a 92% collection rate, resulting in increased donor participation and average donor gift.
“The YMCA is a charitable organization and each year we raise money to serve families in need in the various communities we serve across North Texas.” Explains Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “Suzana has truly made a difference and she is passionate about serving the Grand Prairie community. Last year alone the Annual Campaign made it possible for 60,413 kids to gain confidence through team sports at the Y; 316,343 members to be part of a healthy, connected, and secure environment; and for anyone to use YMCA wellness resources regardless of their ability to pay. Suzana, and everyone supporting the annual campaign, makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.”
The Y provides financial assistance to individuals and families for membership and programs, provides scholarships to high school and college students, helps families with community health initiatives and more. In 2021, the Y raised $4.2 Million dollars that helps adults, families, youth and seniors across North Texas.
Delgado-Gray leads program initiatives that transcend collaborations locally and nationally. Her efforts have been recognized in the past, with the Grand Prairie YMCA receiving the Business of the Year and Chairman's Award for 2020, presented by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.
Suzana Delgado-Gray, District Executive, Grand Prairie Family YMCA
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Founded in 1885, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves thousands of men, women and children each year, regardless of age, income or background. Anchored in communities across North Texas, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y ensures all people have equitable access to the essentials needed to become thriving members of the community. Daily, the Y bridges and fills individual and community needs as a catalyst for impactful change. The YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, with three areas of impact: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.ymcadallas.org.