Great Communities. Great Philanthropy.

Not everyone knows it, but the Y never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay. In fact, one-third of our members receive some sort of financial assistance for membership, after school care, youth sports, swim lessons and more.

The majority of these dollars are generated through our Annual Support Campaign, which reflects the tradition of “servant-style leadership” that the Y has been teaching for nearly 130 years.

 Last year alone, more than 8,300 donors and 2,400 volunteers gave back through the campaign, which raised more than $3 million and improved the lives of 31,500 deserving kids, families and seniors.

Campaign dollars also helped subsidize the operation our 11 Outreach Ys, thus ensuring Y quality programs and services are available to strenthen entire communities.

With the 2013-14 Support Campaign gearing up, we’re grateful to Charlie Egerton, founding shareholder of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capuano & Bozarth P.A., who has stepped forward to lead it.

Egerton has been involved with the YMCA of Central Florida for more than 30 years. A Y member since 1981, he previously served as Board Chair and Scholarship Chair of the Downtown YMCA and also helped lead the Crosby Y's Scholarship Campaign.

“No other organization impacts entire families in this community like the YMCA does,” said Egerton. “I am proud to be in the position to raise scholarships for area families who need the Y for early childhood development care, afterschool educational and health support, and for prevention-based wellness programs for people of all ages, incomes and abilities.”