The Family YMCA Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course, with check-in beginning at 8 a.m.
Teams can still register electronically. Teams may register online at http://www.tournevents.com/_tournament/?event=thefamilyymca, or at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, or onsite Friday at the Golf Course.
The Tournament is one way to help the YMCA help others. The Family YMCA helps many families in many ways. Below is a letter of thanks the YMCA received recently from a grateful mother and shared with the Los Alamos Daily Post.
“My family and I are very grateful for the financial assistance that we have received and continue to receive from the Los Alamos Family YMCA. Without this scholarship assistance, this last 18 months would have been much harder to bear for both me and my children.
“We experienced a horrible family trauma and tragedy which left us all emotionally, mentally and financially devastated. Because of acts of horrific domestic violence and abuse, we had to leave our home and all of our belongings behind and had to start over from scratch with basically nothing.
“The Los Alamos Family YMCA has been a life-saver and lifeline for every member of our family. Through the Y, I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and was able to make some connections and get help finding employment that has allowed me to return to the workforce after spending over 12 years as a stay-at-home parent. That employment is all I have to support my family.
“My children have been very damaged by what has occurred in our lives, and being able to attend the Y Summer Camp program, as well as other programs offered at the Y, have assisted in their ability to start the healing process and rebuild and reclaim our lives.
“I cannot stress enough how wonderful it has been to know and experience all that the Los Alamos Family YMCA has to offer. We enjoy being able to use the facility when we have time and would like to be able to attend more classes and use the facility as much as possible in the near future.
“The YMCA offered employment to my young adult daughter. This job has gone a long way in helping my daughter restore her self-esteem, self-confidence and feelings of accomplishment for a job well-done. This will help in her long term goals of going forward to finish her college education, find a career that she enjoys and have a successful life going forward as an independent adult.
“My children and I were also the recipients of the very generous “Adopt-a-Family” program and received gifts and gift cards from the Los Alamos Family YMCA last Christmas. I want to thank all of those people who were so kind to me and my children. Without these gifts we would not have had such a lovely Christmas.
“It is very challenging for me on my limited income and resources to be able provide gifts for my children, both my young sons and adult daughter and my son who lives in another state.
“I’d like to thank all of those and the Y for that generosity which touched my heart and made me believe once again, in the overall goodness in people. You can never know how much that helped to know that strangers were so kind and caring. I can never thank you enough.
“These experiences and opportunities have been invaluable to me and my family. I cannot express my ongoing gratitude and appreciation enough. We look forward to being members of the Los Alamos Family YMCA for a long time and hope to be able to have the opportunity to be able to give back in kind.”