Northshore YMCA sets funding campaign goals

General chairman Walt Yeager (left) hopes he and his committee can hit a home run for the 1996 Northshore YMCA funding campaign. Others (L-R) are Bob Russell, business chair; Judy Burdell, community chair; and Pete Morris, YMCA director.

YMCA Business and corporate leaders will gather Nov. 8 for breakfast to launch the Northshore YMCA's 1996 funding campaign, "Partners with Youth."
    Incorporating the favorite expression of Seattle Mariners radio commentator Dave Niehaus, the Northshore campaign slogan is "My, Oh, My! Support the Y!"
    "We hope our Round Table group can bat .300 in fundraising," explained Round Table campaign chair Bob Russell, a Woodinville businessman. "We'd like to load the bases and finish up with a home run."
    The Monte Villa Farmhouse in Bothell is the setting for the Nov. 8 event, where Russell will describe for business leaders how the Northshore Y benefits youth and families.
    A similar gathering to kick off the community phase of the 1996 campaign is scheduled Jan. 31 at the Northshore Senior Center.
    "The community leaders we've recruited are outstanding players, and we hope they can score a winning campaign for the Y," said Judy Burdell, who is leading the community campaign.
    Keynote speaker for the Jan. 31 dinner event is Dr. Karen Forys, Superintendent of Northshore Schools.
    "Our 1996 campaign goal is $95,000," said general chairman Walt Yeager. "The goal is divided between the Round Table group ($40,800) and the community campaign ($54,700)."
    Proceeds from the fundraising will help provide financial assistance for youth and families who cannot afford the full cost of YMCA camps, child care and family programs.
    Some of the funds will help expand the growing YMCA youth and family programs, according to Northshore Y director Peter Morris.
    The Northshore facility, located in the North Creek Valley, serves more than 15,000 residents in such activities as health and fitness, child care, teen development, swim lessons, sports, and youth camps.