Tuesday, June 7, 2011


GREENVILLE, OH (June 6, 2011) – In honor of Father’s Day, the Y has several activities and promotions going on. First, there is a “Father’s Day Night Out” on Friday, June 17 from 6:00-9:30 pm. Take the night off and let the Y watch the kids for a few hours. Kids will enjoy a card-making activity, games and swimming. Cost is $10/child and $5/each additional child in the family. Also, join the Y on Friday, June 17th or Saturday, June 18th and we will waive the Joiner’s Fee. In addition, Dad will get a coupon for one free Original Strength class. Lastly, give Dad the gift of wellness and relaxation with a massage. For a limited time only you can purchase a 60-minute massage for only $35! Gift certificates are available!

Did you know that Father’s Day began at a YMCA in Spokane, Washington, with a young woman named Sonora Louise Smart? She was the daughter of a Civil War veteran, raising his children alone after the death of their mother. On Mother’s Day in 1909, Sonora heard a sermon honoring mothers and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. During a meeting at the Spokane, Washington YMCA, she shared her concern with ministers. The nation’s first Father’s Day celebration took place at the Spokane Y on June19, 1910, in William Smart’s birth month.

Sonora Smart had suggested that fathers be honored through religious services, special meals, small gifts and the wearing of red roses. In 1972, President Nixon signed Father’s Day into law. Today, the day dedicated to Dads has become increasingly an opportunity to lavish gifts and loving gestures on one’s father.

“Now more than ever, fathers need to play an important role in the lives of their children,” said Christy Baker, Development Director at the YMCA of Darke County. “We see them daily, acting as coaches, teachers, role models and confidants, and our Y is totally committed in supporting and reassuring them. This Father’s Day, let’s celebrate fathers and let the fathers in your life know how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. When we support parents, we build a stronger community.”

The YMCA of Darke County is a non-profit membership association of over 5,800 members with facilities in Greenville and Versailles. The mission of the YMCA of Darke County is to develop the whole person – spirit, mind and body – through character development programs that reinforce Christian principles and that build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

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