Help the South County YMCA open its doors to neighbors in need so that children, adults, and families can participate in Y programs.

“You can do it, Tara!” I can still hear my dad cheering me on during a YMCA high ropes challenge course as I stood on the top of a twenty foot high, slightly wavering, telephone pole. My voice was shaking as I counted to three and leapt from the pole to a trapeze hovering in the air eight feet away. I still remember how proud my dad was as I was lowered to the ground and he rushed to give me a huge squeeze and a big “I KNEW you could do it!”

This memory is one of several I have of my dad from the Y-Indian Princesses program, a program designed to foster companionship and understanding between father and daughter. The memories continued through the years as my dad rooted for me on the pool deck during YMCA swim meets. Later, he supported me in my first job as a YMCA swim instructor by stepping down from his position on the Y board of directors.

I know I am one of the millions who have been lucky enough to have been personally touched by the Y. It is the only organization that is truly for our community, helping children and families participate in life-changing programs and services. Though my dad has passed, I am fortunate to have the memories to look back on. I thank the Y for helping to make so many of those memories.

Therefore, I am proud to be a part of this special event to help raise money for a cause that touches so many lives. In helping the YMCA, we can strengthen community ties, reinforce family bonds, and help create lifelong memories to cherish.

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