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B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County Launches Annual Community Support Campaign

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B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County

With no money, no car, and a life-changing disease, Bruce, a B.R. Ryall YMCA member, refused to feel sorry for his circumstances and decided to ask the Y for help. "The Y was good enough to provide me with a membership scholarship. I use the Y every day during the week and look forward to working-out and socializing with many great friends. I am much happier, stronger and have never had more friends in my life, ever. Because of the Y, I am always going to be fantastic," said Bruce.

To ensure that the Y can continue to provide Northwestern DuPage County with life-enhancing services, the B.R. Ryall YMCA is launching its annual community support campaign on April 1, 2013. As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, financial gifts to the Y will help advance programming and services to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More importantly, gifts to the B.R. Ryall YMCA stay in the community and thus have a direct impact on our neighbors.

"Through our community support campaign, we want to educate people that we are more than a place to exercise or swim, but a charity that does vital work thanks to the financial support of the community. Financial contributions to the campaign allow us to extend a caring hand to individuals like Bruce," said Lynda Chott, Chief Executive Officer, B.R. Ryall YMCA.

Last year, financial support from individuals made it possible for children to have a safe place to learn and build confidence in our before- and after-school program; for families to reconnect and grow together; for seniors and individuals to socialize and connect with each other; for single-parents to have quality child care; and for children and teens to enjoy summer camp at the Y.

Funds raised will support a variety of YMCA programs and allow the Y to provide much needed financial assistance to children, families and individuals in the community.

To make a donation today to the community support campaign, please visit For more information about how you can support the Y's cause, please contact Robert Gonzalez, Sr. Director Resource Development and Community Outreach, 630.858.0100 x216 or email

About the Y

The Y is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The B.R Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County strengthens the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children -- regardless of age, income or background -- to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information visit