CRESTVIEW — The Crestview YMCA now has $10,000 that can pay for facility improvements, following the weekend “Be a Cowboy/Cowgirl for a Day” fundraiser at Old Warrior Ranch.
Families enjoyed horseback riding, line dancing, fishing and swimming, among other activities. Children could play on an inflatable slide or in a bounce house, or they could practice lassoing or archery skills near the pond.
Emerald Coast YMCA President and CEO Rudy Wright said he enjoyed seeing the community's participation and appreciates YMCA member Tom Moody for opening the ranch to the community.
"This is what the core values of what the YMCA (are) all about," Wright said. "It's all about building strong communities."
Crestview YMCA sports director Vicki Workman, who instructed the line dancing, was pleased with the turnout.
"The YMCA means reaching out to the community and helping in any way they can ... whether through events like this or teaching healthy eating or lifestyle habits," she said.
Crestview resident Don Clabaugh — who brought his 5-year-old grandson Louis Vallejo to the event — said he is considering visiting the YMCA with his grandson soon.
"We're here to support the YMCA and give back to the community in any way we can," he said.
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