The YMCA of the Capital Area held its 100 Year Celebration on March 10 at the Raising Cane’s River Center. The event spotlighted the Y’s achievements of the past 100 years with memorabilia displays dating back to 1916. Attendees enjoyed dinner, cocktails and entertainment from the Now Band and vocalist Judy Davis. Artist, Alex Harvie, painted the celebration live during the event. Sylvia Weatherspoon was the Master of Ceremonies, and attendees enjoyed hearing from guest speakers Clarke Mitchell and Anthony Richardson. Mitchell served as the CEO of the YMCA of the Capital Area from 1981-1997 and shared some of his fondest memories of that time during the ceremony. Richardson shared his memories as a young boy, including how he learned to swim at the Y and how much he enjoyed Y summer camps. Now an adult, he has gone on to serve as a summer camp counselor and a volunteer sports coach.
During the event, Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome, proclaimed March 10, 2017 as Capital Area YMCA Day. The YMCA would like to thank its sponsors; Cox, CB&I, Rickey Heroman’s Florist and Coca-Cola. The Y would also like to give a special thanks to in-kind sponsors; Bergeron’s City Market, Eye Wander Photo, Balhoff Printing, American Audio Visual and Mockler Beverage.
The YMCA of the Capital Area will continue to celebrate its centennial all year with a series of events showcasing the Y’s impact in our area. Displays of photographs and memorabilia that archive the history of the YMCA of the Capital Area will continue to rotate between branches so that everyone will have a chance to view them. The Y is also asking the community to bring in any Y memorabilia such as old t-shirts, fliers or photos for a free, limited edition Y100 t-shirt. Anyone who brings in an item will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free one-year membership to the Y! Stop by any of the nine Y locations to learn more about the YMCA of the Capital Area’s history in our community.