Lauren's Ladder announces $10,000 grant to J. Smith Young YMCA
Feb. 13, 2016 -- The J. Smith Young YMCA has received a $10,000 grant from local not-for-profit Lauren’s Ladder. The announcement was made Saturday at the second annual Lauren’s Ladder Gala. The funds will be used to expand after school and summer youth development programs offered by the YMCA.
“This donation recognizes and honors the important role the YMCA plays in this community,” said Geelea Seaford, president of Lauren’s Ladder, the organization established to remember the life of Lauren Cecil. Cecil died tragically in an accident at Brookside Pool in 2013. “Lauren’s Ladder is grateful to its supporters who allow us to spread Lauren’s love and light to children throughout Davidson County.”
Gene Klump, CEO of the YMCA, said, “The J. Smith Young YMCA is honored and grateful to be a recipient of this wonderful expression of love. This is one of the largest single contributions made to our organization for youth development.”
The grant will touch hundreds of local children in need of character building, enhanced self-esteem and social interaction skills. It will also be used to provide opportunities for underprivileged children in the YMCA summer camp to experience field trips to local cities and sites they may not be able to experience otherwise. Additionally, the YMCA Tween Fit Program for girls and Stride Running Program for boys, will be able to expand to additional schools in the area. These two programs have been highly successful and now will be expanded to serve many more deserving children.
More than 400 people attended Saturday’s annual Lauren’s Ladder Gala held at RCR Racing in Welcome. Since its founding, Lauren’s Ladder has donated more than $25,000 to local organizations and youth programs. In 2015, Lauren’s Ladder supported children’s programs at Stoner-Thomas School.