As the year comes to a close, our Texas Ys will continue to focus on ways to strengthen our communities. As always, we appreciate the continued dedication to these priorities from volunteers and advocates like you. Your support is vital to our Y mission of fostering youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
During the fall and winter seasons, YMCAs put our cause-driven giving in overdrive. There were many events centered around providing food for the less fortunate, blanket drives to provide warmth, and charitable 5k races where the proceeds went back within the community. Giving back directly impacts our neighborhoods and we will continue to engage in collaborative events to strengthen community. We're proud to say that each year these particular events have grown with more and more participants.
The El Paso Turkey Trot hosted more than 1,500 run participants and over 70 volunteers to make it a success. While the Metropolitan Dallas Y had more than 23,000 runners and 1,000 volunteers. Over at our Palestine YMCA, they hosted a "Freeze Your Buns" holiday charitable race with the Grinch and residents from Whooville.
Other great events were happening around Texas as well. The Austin Metro Y was awarded a grant for hands on conservation and environmental education for youth. This season, we also welcomed new YMCA CEO leaders, Eric Tucker to the Arlington-Mansfield YMCA and Stephen Ives to the Greater Houston YMCA. Welcome to our Texas YMCA team!
Tony Shuman, Chair
Texas State Alliance of YMCAs