The Annual Campaign

“Throughout Western North Carolina countless people know the Y.                                    But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the region’s health and well-being, and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.”

-Paul Vest,
President and CEO, YMCA of Western North Carolina

What is the Annual Campaign

Charitable gifts are invested in people in our community. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to children, teens, and families who need the Y right here in Western North Carolina. How does your gift transform lives?

• $15 will teach a child basic swimming skills and the importance of water safety
• $43 a month provides a supportive community environment for cancer survivors
• $80 a week assures parents that their kids will be safely looked after.

Learn more today about how your gifts impact our cause-driven work in the community.

This year, the Y hopes to raise $756,000. 

But where do my membership dues go?

Membership dues cover the cost of running the Y and providing the best experience for you and your family.


Your Charitable Contributions to the Annual Campaign

2015 Annual Campaign Cabinet

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Each year, 75+ people band together across Western North Carolina for the Annual Campaign, to raise funds for individuals and families in need to participate in Y programs.


2015 Annual Campaign Chair: James M. Kirby II, President and CEO, Pardee Hospital
Buncombe County Chair: Ray Bailey, President (retired), A-B Tech
Henderson County Chair: Greg Burnette, Area Executive, First Citizens Bank
McDowell County Chair: Frank Dean, LTC (retired), US Army
Major Gifts Chair: Charlie D. Owen III, President, Fletcher Warehousing Company
Member Engagement Chair: Rebekah Lowe, CEO, FizzyWork Executive Coaching

To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Melissa Pennscott, Marketing and Communications Director, at [email protected].


Strong Commitment from Western North Carolina

We count on the generosity of our members and partners who give to our Annual Campaign and to welcome all who need a healthy, connected and secure place to go. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity, the YMCA has provided millions of dollars in assistance over the years. We can only do that with your help. Please make your tax deductible gift today!


Mission Statement: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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