Letter to the Editor: Local Businesses Show Generosity

By Diana Martinez
Senior Program Director
The Family YMCA

Local businesses field requests all year for support of worthy causes. My experience is that our local businesses are often more generous than the corporate giants.

I hope our community remembers this and buys gifts and certificates locally not just at Christmas, but all year. The Y’s latest event was a half marathon and 5K race and many businesses came though yet again, but so many more give in other events to other charities.

Thank you to our business community. And special thanks to this event’s sponsors: Alpine Laser Dental, McDonalds, Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Los Alamos MainStreet.

Thanks also to our businesses who donated prizes: Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, Buffalo Thunder Resort, CB FOX, Chili Works, China Moon, Connie’s Over Your Head, DeColores Restaurant, Dixie Girl, El Parasol, Ojo Caliente, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Pet Pangaea, Hill Diner and Trader Joe’s.

Thank you to our volunteers: Orval and Norma Hart, Renee Sandoval, Roger Waterman, Teresa Hampel and Boy Scout Troop 71, Nichola Draganie, Kai Pocatera, Linda Daly, Janine Morales, Mark and Isaac Martinez, Dave Clark, Michelangelo Lobato, Chris Ortega, Janet Harris, Ev Griggs, Tracy McFarland, Brandy Land, Catherine Martinez, Trevor Hyde, Katie and Keith Rosenbaum, Martha Katko, Gina Gonzales, Melanie Chapman and Jocelyn and Jake Chapman.

We also thank the men and women of the Los Alamos Police Department for assisting with traffic control.

The race drew 61 people who all finished safely, and we raised $3,420 for youth programs. Y programs serve more than 3,000 youth and teens in Los Alamos and Española. We run two teen centers, after school and camp programs, and offer an additional 44 skill-building programs when kids are out of school.

But in support of our mission, we continue to strive to serve more. We’ve created a Wednesday-only after school program that studies sustainable living. We partner to support environmental clubs in the schools and community gardening. Youth gain skills in our martial arts, dance classes and sports programs.

Additionally, “Strong Kids” annual campaign funds also support scholarships for youth, subsidize youth programs such as the Y Earth Service Corps – a summer service-learning program, and assists us in developing more youth programs.

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