YMCA CEO Padgett gives the end-of-year report to City Council
Gaston County Family YMCA CEO Sharon Padgett speaks to the Cherryville City Council as she gives the Cherryville Family YMCA’s end-of-year report at last Monday night’s, Feb. 9, regular council session. (photo by MEP/The Eagle)
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
The Gaston County YMCA’s CEO, Sharon Padgett, spoke last Monday night, Feb. 9, to the Cherryville City Council, providing the Council members with highlights of the Y’s end-of-year report.
Padgett began with letting the councilmembers know the Cherryville Family YMCA, as did all of the county’s YMCA’s, had a tremendous year overall. She touted their new motto, “More Than Main Street” as a great catalyst for setting the “Y’s” sights higher than normal for 2019 and for 2020 as well.
Utilizing a Power Point presentation, coupled with a colorful handout, Padgett said, “Our Cherryville Family YMCA’s annual total revenue, which was $356,902, is at an all-time high, up from 2018’s $303,140.”
Padgett noted the Cherryville Y’s program revenues were at $108,454 for 2019, and membership revenues were at $184,700, for 2019.
In the way of increasing their numbers, Padgett also noted the Cherryville Family YMCA’s numbers for monthly members was at 1,113 for 2019, with visits per year achieving over 23,000 visits.
“Our afterschool monthly average was at 33 children per week,” she said.
Padgett also talked about one of the more popular programs at their Y’s afterschool programs – swimming and the child safety associated with it.
“Obviously, child safety, in and around a swimming pool is very important and we can’t stress it enough,” she said. “Kid safety is the heart and number one focus of all of our sports programs.”
Padgett said she and her staff in Cherryville and among the various county-wide YMCA’s just see things getting better and better.
She also spoke about the city employees getting reduced, or discounted, costs in becoming YMCA members, citing the many benefits, not the least of which is being healthier.
“To that end, we could probably do a health fair for them,” she said to the Council members.
Right before the meeting, Ms. Padgett also handed out a flier titled, “Mission in Motion”, which is about the Gaston County Family YMCA’s 2020 annual giving campaign.
Some of the topics of the Cherryville Family YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign of 2020 include their afterschool program, and what achieving their goal of $7,500 can do in the way of having an impact on the lives of 13 children a week, to their Senior Initiatives. Their 2020 goal is raising $5,000, which the flier noted would have an impact on the lives of 50 seniors.
The other programs for which they are trying to raise funds are their Summer Day Camp, Teen Leadership Initiatives, Youth Sports, and the new SAW, or Safety Around Water initiative.
For more information on these or the “Y’s” county-wide goals, please contact the Cherryville Family YMCA at (704) 445-9622, or go to https://www.gastonymca.org/locations/cherryville/.