Thursday evening the Waxahachie YMCA hosted the second rally of a two-phase community program that raises funds to provide financial assistance to people in the community who want to participate in services offered by the Y.

Many from the community came out to the YMCA’s Partners rally event including the YMCA cheer team, YMCA high steppers, business owners, youth pastors, and various members from the Y.

The speaker for the night was Waxahachie ISD football Coach David Ream.  “It was a very moving speech that Coach gave,” said Tammy Black, YMCA sports director. “He’s awesome. Having him come and speak was an honor.”

Currently the YMCA has raised $58,500 to go toward this program, and it hopes to reach their goal of $85,000 for the year.

One of the guest speakers, Gwen Leavelle, had the opportunity to speak and thank the YMCA for their giving. Through it, the single mother of three boys was able to enroll them in the flag football and basketball sports programs that were offered.

“I would like to thank Pastor Craig Lloyd, Tommy Vencill, Coach David Ream, Gwen Leavelle and Sasha Whitehead for coming out and showing their support,” said Blake.

Ever since 1986, the Waxahachie YMCA has strived to make a difference in the community by hosting and being involved in many different programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters, after-school care and scholarship donations.

“With this assistance program, we are truly able to help our whole community,” said YMCA staff member Nicole Beck. “It helps ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to be a part of our YMCA family.”

The YMCA continues to live by its mission: To put Christian values into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.