Funds raised allow families and individuals in need to access life-changing Y programs
From left to right) Tim Hardy, Executive Director; his wife, Pat Pinkerton; Matt Rowe, Campaign Chair; Jaylon Letendre, Board Chair; Vince Iuculano, Associate Executive Director; and his wife, Kelly Iuculano
The Santa Barbara Family YMCA launched its Annual Campaign on Saturday with a Kentucky Derby-themed soirée. Approximately 300 people attended to kick off the YMCA’s fundraising efforts with dinner, drinks and dancing.
The Santa Barbara Family YMCA has set a goal of $185,000 for this year’s annual campaign, chaired by Matt Rowe and co-chaired by Tom and Beth Schmid. This year marks the sixth annual campaign that Rowe has participated in, and the third of which he has been campaign chair.
“Already a lot of planning and organization has gone into turning our $185,000 goal into a reality,” Rowe said. “The money raised allows the Santa Barbara Family YMCA to make good on our promise to be an inclusive and responsible force for positive change in our community.”
Every dollar raised in the annual campaign is applied to placing kids and families in need into YMCA programs such as summer day camp, teen development, senior fitness, afterschool care, the LIVESTRONG cancer survivor program and memberships.
“Through the generosity of our donors, the Y provides everyone the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, to connect with others and contribute to a better community,” said Santa Barbara Family YMCA Executive Director Tim Hardy.
The event was made possible with the generosity of the following community sponsors: Santa Babara Brewing Company, Santa Barbara Winery, Sort This Out Cellars and Lazy Acres Market.
In 2014-2015, the YMCA provided more than $500,000 in financial assistance to families and individuals for membership or programs such as child care, camp, sports and after-school programs.
“Everything the YMCA does is in service of making us better. For some people, these services may not be attainable because of cost,” Hardy noted. “The YMCA makes sure that these services are available to everyone in our community, regardless of income.”
Donations to the YMCA can be made in-person or via mail at the Santa Barbara Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Way or by calling 805.687.7727. For more information on the annual campaign or to make an online donation, visit ciymca.org/santabarbara.About the
Channel Islands YMCA
Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA which operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the St. George Family Youth Center and My Home.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Santa Barbara Family YMCA, visit http://www.ciymca.org/csantabarbara or call (805) 687-7727.