Donations strengthen Atmore YMCA

Published 3:58 pm Thursday, November 10, 2011

Atmore Area YMCA board president Allen Walston receives a check for a donation from Webb Nall and members of the Class of 1959.|Photo by Chandler Myers

As the first phase of renovations have been completed at the Atmore Area YMCA, donations continue to roll in helping the Y continue to build on the improvements for the facility.

Two donations this week have helped with maintenance as well as funding to help give the YMCA a chance to create a nicer environment.

Thursday afternoon, the Escambia County High School Class of 1959, which is the last class to graduate from the original high school where the Y operates presently gave a donation of more than $3,000.

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Seven members of the class were on hand to present a check to Atmore Area YMCA board president Allen Walston and board member Sharon Smith.

The money will go towards helping the YMCA gym get a new coat of paint, Walston said.

“We want to thank you for the donation that you have presented to us,” he said. “We know that you wanted the money to go towards renovating the gym, and we received quotes to paint the gym today. This money along with the matching funds from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will give us the money necessary to complete that project.”

Wednesday afternoon, the Y received a non-monetary donation with LaShonda Marshall’s Expose´ team giving flooring mats for maintenance use.

The flooring will be used over time when different mats need to be replaced, Atmore Area YMCA manager Ross Terry said.

“The flooring goes a long way towards helping us save money in the future,” he said. “We recently purchased new flooring for the aerobics room and we are about to purchse new flooring for the weight room and fitness center. This flooring will help when other pieces of the floor need to be replaced.”

The Atmore Area YMCA continues to look for all types of donations and encourage the community to become involved.

For more information contact the YCMA at 368-9622.