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June 12, 2010

Making a difference and saving lives...

So, it's late and I am walking through the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA before leaving on June 2 and hear what sounds like a kitten in hallway wall. After a little operation on the wall - LOOK WHAT WE FOUND!

Tasha Williamson commented, "Making a difference and saving lives is what ya'll do. Awesome job again. What did you name the freed rascal?"

Well, guess what? I just learned that our Office Manager Desiree LaPointe rescued another kitten from the weight room ceiling last night and this was after receiving a message at 7:45 am that another kitten had just been heard inside the fitness center wall.

Yes we do make a difference and save lives!


This past week we completed distributing 20,000 $2 voucher tickets to the San Diego County Fair in nine hours. A wait-list is being formed at TAKE FIVE Tickets for Kids in case we receive more this week. Last night, 300 members and program participants of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA watched the red-hot San Diego Padres win another come-from-behind game at Petco Park.

On Thursday, June 17 we will host 250 School Safety Patrol students from Southeastern San Diego for a special year-end celebration. All of the budget cuts eliminated the traditional resident camp treat for these young leaders. San Diego Police Department Captain Tony McElroy called to see if we could help recognize the youth volunteers from his Southeastern Area Command. The decision was easy for these kids that make a difference and save lives every day. Donations and volunteers are needed and welcome. For more details contact Anna Arancibia at [email protected] or call 619-264-0144x110.

The next day on Friday, June 18 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, Ford Driving Skills for Life will bring it's Teen Driver Safety Program to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. This comes not long after the story about another San Diego County teen killed in a car crash. The tragedy adds to the toll of teenagers dying on San Diego County roads. At least seven in North County have been killed since September in accidents involving teen drivers. Speed, alcohol, inattention and inexperience have all been to blame. Ford will showcase the innovations it is rapidly bringing to market, such as the world’s first rear inflatable seat belt and MyKey™ which allows parents to set speed and radio volume limits to their teen drivers’ vehicle. In addition to Ford’s safety technologies displays, they will set up the Ford Driving Skills For Life Booth – Ford’s Teen Driver Safety Program, as well as invite members of the Safety Council to set up booths. Sandy Bauler would also bring out her racecar and sign autograph cards that include safe driving information on them. Parents, teens, and adults working with teens are encouraged to attend. With high school graduations going on countywide later that day, the timing could not be better.

P.S. There's more. Our Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is once again proud to host the Amateur Athletic Union Area 18 National Qualifier Track & Field Championship on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 (Father's Day). This event will advance the top four finishers in each event to the AAU Junior Olympic Games being held in August in Hampton, Virginia.

Volunteer, Donate, Make a Difference, Save a Life!

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