Tuesday, March 26, 2013

YMCA of Rome and Floyd County Launches Annual Community Support Campaign

Funds will help make Rome & Floyd County] a stronger community for residents

Media release: After an accident that limited his mobility, Tony gained 230 pounds and on
his 50th birthday weighed 408 pounds. Knowing that for his own health and to set a better
example for his teenage daughter, he began to walk and lose weight. On the advice of a
friend, Tony came to the Y and applied for financial assistance for a membership.

Tony and his daughter now come to the Y together several times a week. Tony continues to lose
weight and he’s found a great way to spend time with his daughter. Tony says, “The
caring of the Y and all the folks here have made a HUGE difference in our lives. I am

To ensure that the Y can continue to provide Rome and Floyd County residents
with life-enhancing services, the YMCA of Rome and Floyd County is launching its annual
community support campaign.

As a leading nonprofit in our community for 125 years, financial gifts to the Y will help
advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and
social responsibility. More importantly, gifts to the Y stay in the community, having a direct
impact on residents right here in Floyd County. A gift to the Y will help other families like
Tony and his daughter lead a healthier life this year.

“Through our community support campaign, we want to educate people that we are more
than a place to go to exercise or swim, but an organization that does vital work thanks to
the support of the community,” said Clem Trammell, co-chair of this year’s Community
Support Campaign. “The Y contributes to improving the quality of life in our
neighborhoods through a variety of ways that benefit all of us who live and work in our

Last year, financial support made it possible for 350 kids to have a safe place to play and
build confidence during summer day camp; for over 500 families to reconnect and grow
together; and 52 children to learn lifesaving skills through swim lessons.

This year, the YMCA of Rome and Floyd County hopes to raise $160,000. The Y’s promise
to Rome and Floyd county is to never turn anyone away because they cannot pay for
membership or program fees. Funds raised will support scholarships and financial
assistance to families, children and individuals in our community.

Ryan Earnest, campaign co-chair announced this morning that $60,443 has been pledged toward the goal. He said, “We are grateful to our Board, our staff and our donors for a great start to our campaign.
We will be asking individuals and businesses in community to give to the Community
Support Campaign in the coming weeks to help us reach our goal. Each and every gift,
large or small, makes an impact on the life of someone in Rome and Floyd County.”

To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Cheryl Bishop
Director of Development at 706/232-2468 or visit www.ymcarome.org for more

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