YMCA of Greater Toledo Honored with $250,000 Gift from the Paul and Virginia Whitman

TOLEDO, Ohio – June 17, 2019 – The YMCA of Greater Toledo has been awarded a $250,000 gift from the Paul and Virginia Whitman Estate for the YMCA Christian Emphasis Endowment. Paul and Virginia Whitman were also founding supporters of the Francis Family YMCA, which opened in 2005.

This endowment supports “Christian emphasis programming of the YMCA of Greater Toledo, restricted to supporting personnel costs of staff engaged in Christian ministry work at the YMCA.”

“Our parents gave, gave, gave,” said Jon Whitman, son of the Whitmans, “When they heard the Y was going to build a facility in Temperance, they wanted to get involved and have some impact. Establishing a ministry in this building was how our family partnered with the Y to make that dream a reality.”

Mary Ann Stark, daughter of the Whitmans, added, “We worked together to build a YMCA with a chapel inside the building for bible studies, prayer, and so on. We’re so proud of our parents for continuing to support Christian Mission work at the YMCA through this gift.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Whitman family for their longstanding support of the Y,” said Brad Toft, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toledo. “Such support enables the Y to pursue its mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

Added Jon, “Our family hopes this gift will help the Y and its community and inspire others to give.”

In 2005, the YMCA of Greater Toledo became one of the first YMCA associations to add the role of Christian mission director to its staff, which has since become much more common among Ys across the country.

About the YMCA of Greater Toledo

The YMCA of Greater Toledo serves people of all ages and all walks of life. With more than 40 sites used by more than 100,000 individuals – we are committed to helping kids succeed in school, improving people’s health and well-being, and bringing people together. The YMCA has served the Greater Toledo community for more than 150 years. Learn more at www.ymcatoledo.org; learn about the national organization at www.ymca.net.

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