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Christ Church donation helps YMCA approach goal

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Above, Father Paul Andersen (right) of Christ Church shares a story before making the $1,000 check presentation to, from left, YMCA director Buzz Lambert, YMCA fundraising chair Shelley Hodges, and YMCA management board chair Mary Lib Hoinkes. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
With a recent $1,000 contribution from Christ Episcopal Church, the Middlesex Family YMCA has almost reached its very ambitious goal of $72,750 for the Strong Communities Campaign for 2009, said Shelley Hodges, YMCA board vice chairman and fund-raising chairman.

Hodges said additional contributions are indeed welcome, and points out that anyone (or couple) contributing $250 or more in the next week or so will be honored at the 2009 “barn bash” celebrating the Guardian Angels of the Middlesex YMCA. This year the dinner and dance will be held October 23 at North End Plantation in Deltaville, the home of Jerry and Marie Suyes, beginning at 6 p.m.

Anyone who has not already contributed to the Guardian Program is invited to do so by either stopping by the YMCA in Hartfield, or sending a check to the Middlesex Family YMCA, 11487 General Puller Highway, Hartfield, VA 23071.

The barn bash, which will feature Ruark oysters and Dan Gill barbecued chicken, as well as contributions from many local restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries, and danceable music provided by DJ Wayne Jessie, promises to be a truly festive event.

It is the Guardian Program that enables the YMCA to provide scholarships for membership or specific program activities to ensure that no one is ever unable to participate in YMCA programs due to lack of funds.

This year to date, the YMCA has provided over 1,651 such scholarships totaling more than $50,000, “truly ensuring that no member of the Middlesex County family is ever left behind by the YMCA,” said Hodges.

posted 09.30.2009

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