Record donations at YMCA ‘Open Doors’ for memberships

The YMCA of Greenville is celebrating a record donation which allows them to open their doors to anyone, even if they can’t afford the membership fee.

Tuesday, the Y celebrated it’s annual fundraising efforts during a luncheon.  This year they raised $1,116,975 to support the Open Doors campaign.

ymca luncheon

Scot Baddley, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greenville, told 7 News it’s about supporting the health of Greenville County.

“One of the biggest challenges we have I think in our community, sometimes it just comes down to economics,” said Baddley.  “We allocate a certain amount of financial support to that family based on their demonstrated need and we get them into the Y. And once we do, our goal is to make them healthier, to help them build friendships, to build self esteem and confidence, particularly in our young people.”

Dr. Pamela Peak was the guest speaker during Tuesday’s luncheon.  She’s an expert in health and nutrition.  Peak said access to programs is key to improving wellness in the community.

“One of the biggest challenges we’ve always had is making wellness accessible to everyone. To be as inclusive as possible, to be able to educate people,” said Peak.  “One of the things I love about the Y is that they have a wonderful program where they are able to offer scholarships. To be able to help people of all income brackets, whether they have no income at all, very little money, or may they can pay maybe half the fee. That’s ok.”

If you’d like to find out more information about scholarships for the YMCA, click here.

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