YMCA gives thanks

By: 
BETTE SHARPE, Glendale Daily Planet

Photo courtesy Councilmember Ray Malnar
Ruben Gonzales, Glendale Councilmember Ray Malnar, Glendale/Peoria YMCA Operations Director Shelly Smith and in the front row Ami Ochs are shown during the July 19 Glendale/Peoria YMCA Special Awards and Appreciation Luncheon. Gonzales, Malnar and others received recognition from the “Y” for their support.

Glendale/Peoria YMCA held its special recognition and awards luncheon July 20 to show its acknowledgement and appreciation for financial, time and service donations. Some of the funds raised help to fund swim lessons.
YMCA offers many programs for the entire family. Councilmember Ray Malnar is the City Council representative from the Sahuaro District. His district does not have a city-owned swimming pool or recreation center, but the YMCA does. The “Y” offers swimming, child care, fitness classes, sports, after-school programs and programs for adults and seniors.
Malnar said, “I am a strong supporter of the YMCA for many reasons. It provides kids, teens, adults and seniors with a wide variety of fun, healthy and affordable activities year-round. I am especially grateful for the swimming lessons the ‘Y’ provides to youths who cannot otherwise afford them. These programs are critical to ensure Glendale kids will be safe around water.
“I am also very grateful for the many citizens who regularly volunteer or make financial donations to the YMCA.”
“The Sahuaro District, which I represent on the council, does not have a pool or recreation center. The Glendale/Peoria YMCA fills this much needed resource for residents of the district. Thanks to Shelly Smith and the board of the YMCA for all they do for the city and the neighborhoods that I represent.”

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