Country-themed fundraiser raises $10,000 for YMCA (PHOTOS)


Rebecca Cartwright, left, stands beside her 4-year-old daughter Carina Cartwright, riding horseback, on Sunday at Old Warrior Ranch.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 02:53 PM.

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.

VIEW a photo gallery of families enjoying Be a Cowboy/Cowgirl for a Day>>

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."

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