The Annual Campaign

Charitable donations to the Annual Campaign stay in the community. Every dollar raised goes directly to local youth, adults, seniors, and families who rely on the crucial programs and services offered by the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

How your gift transforms 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
  • $83 a week assures parents that their kids will be safely looked after

The Y’s 2016 fundraising goal is $706,000 to support our 21 charitable programs.

2016 Annual Campaign Cabinet

Each year, more than 75 volunteers spearhead the Annual Campaign. We rely on their dedication and commitment for our success, and value their contribution to our mission.


2016 Annual Campaign Chair:
Rebekah Lowe, Chief Executive, Fizzywork Executive Coaching

Buncombe County Chair:
Robby Russell, Senior Vice President-Commercial Banking, PNC Bank

Henderson County Chair:
Elizabeth Moss, Director of Community Affairs and Outreach, Pardee Hospital

McDowell County Chair:
Frank Dean

Major Gifts Chair:
Charlie D. Owen III, President, Fletcher Warehousing Company

We welcome and appreciate donations of any amount. Donors at the levels listed below receive additional recognition through membership in one of the following giving groups:
The George Williams Society: $10,000+
Blue Ridge Circle: $5,000 to $9,999
Red Triangle: $2,500 to $4,999
Chairman’s Roundtable $1,000 to $2,499
These donors enjoy the following benefits:
  • Membership in the 1889 Society, which recognizes donors at the $1,000+ level
  • Invitation to the 1889 Society Annual Reception
  • Recognition in the Annual Report

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

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