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YMCA Member since 1990
A Toledo native, Cheryl Tyler-Folsom has been a true friend of the Y; she is an active volunteer, Trustee, and was recently named Trustee for Life. In 1990, she joined the Wayman Palmer board and was instrumental in the Capital Campaign to expand the branch. Cheryl recognizes the importance of the Y in the Toledo community, and the unique opportunity to positively influence the kids who go through the child care program.
One of Cheryl’s favorite events is the Wayman Palmer Christmas program. She notes how much of an impact the Vena Trust shopping spree and meeting with Santa has on the children of the community every Christmas.
“These kids, a majority of them didn’t ask for toys for themselves; they’d ask for presents for their mothers or siblings.” She said. “Some children would simply ask for their father to come home from jail.” Without the generous support of our donors, events like these just simply wouldn’t be possible.
“We need people to be aware that money does run out.” She said. “The Wayman Palmer need is great, and we need to continue to grow the program.” Cheryl keeps active at the Y throughout the year as a volunteer and serves on the marketing and the global centers of excellence committees, further evidence of her commitment to the Y and our mission. She also enjoys working out at the Wayman Palmer or Summit facilities in her spare time.
“I really enjoy being involved at Wayman Palmer Y,” she said. “I like to keep up with what’s going on in my community.”
YMCA Member since 2005
THE AMBURGEY FAMILY
Justin and Rebecca Amburgey along with their three small children, Cullen, Knox and Thatcher are members of the Sylvania YMCA/JCC. With the introduction of the Y For All income based plan, Justin said, “The new model allows my entire family to take part in the Y at an affordable price.”
Justin and Rebecca take several fitness classes, enjoying all the benefits of their membership. “Having the fitness classes at no additional cost allows my wife and I to participate three or four times a week,” said Justin.
Since joining the Y, the Amburgey family dedicates every Friday to family night. They join other Y families for swim, fun and community.
Y For All is making a positive impact in the lives of the Amburgeys, allowing for a place to grow, connect with others and be a part of something special.
YMCA Member since 2008
“The Y is a place where you can achieve your goals and dreams, make amazing friends, and feel good about yourself,” said Julia Lee, sophomore at Perrysburg High School and longtime Y member.
Julia started swimming at the Y with her family when she was a year old. At 7, she officially began swim lessons, learning to dive and perfecting her technique throughout the Minnow, Pike, and Eel programs and beyond.
“Swimming at the Y prepared me mentally and physically to compete on my high school swim team,” she said. At the Y, she learned how to respect her coaches, be a part of a team, and through hard work and determination, she was able to make the varsity swim team at Perrysburg High School as a freshman.
Growing up in the Y’s aquatics program has a lasting impact on Julia. “I learned to push myself; I am my own competition.
So maybe you get 12th place, but you dropped 14 seconds, that is still a great achievement!” Julia credits the Y’s aquatics program with not only teaching her the skills necessary to excel in the pool, but also helping her become a better person.
“I learned to believe in myself. It’s not always about what place you get, but what you achieve that day.”
YMCA Member since 1981
“The YMCA Storer Camps gave me the opportunity to have a life that was more authentic to who I was. Camp was a place where I was free to be me.”
Every year at YMCA Storer Camps, campers gain self-esteem and confidence by challenging themselves with a wide variety of enriching activities and experiences including sailing, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, team sports, and more.
Ann Friedholm grew up with YMCA Storer Camps, first attending camp in 1981 and returning year after year. Ann looks back on her experience with more than just fondness—to her, YMCA Storer Camps was where she grew into the person she was meant to be.
“The impact of summer camp is two-fold. There’s the emotional experience; Storer is a safe place where kids can be who they truly are without the daily pressures of who people want them to be.” She continued, “And there is the environmental, physical aspect of camp; the memories that weren’t a part of regular life that showed me what I could accomplish.” At Storer, Ann learned to sail, canoe, and kayak.
Naturally, Ann wants the same enriching experience for her own children. It wasn’t a hard sell for her kids to attend camp; all it took was a one-time visit to YMCA Storer Camps for a summer preview day.
In addition to sending her children to summer camp, Ann takes advantage of the opportunities offered at the Y throughout the year.
“Youth development is the key—and safety. I drop my kids off for lessons or classes. The Y is a place that I trust to help develop my children and teach them important skills for life.”
YMCA Member since 2015
Kristine Dick says YMCA Summer Child Care provided her son Logan an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive by attending his first Y day camp.
“It’s difficult to find a place that has the resources to serve children with disabilities and autism,” said Kristine, “but after speaking with the Executive Director at the Wolf Creek YMCA, I discovered the Y is inclusive and knew this could be a place where Logan might thrive.”
Logan first attended YMCA Summer Child Care in 2015. Kristine explained how the first morning of the program was a blessing.
“As I got out of the car, Logan was uncomfortable with the new routine and didn’t want to follow me. As I stood waiting for him, a camp counselor asked if he could help. He immediately developed a rapport with my son and made Logan feel comfortable and accepted. The next thing I knew, Logan grabbed his backpack from the car and was waving goodbye to me.”
Kristine was thrilled that Logan was able to participate in all of the day camp activities such as swimming, fishing, basketball, board games and art projects.
“Safety is a big concern for me, but I wasn’t worried about leaving him at the Y. Because he was able to attend Summer Child Care, my son had a fun summer.”