Real Estate: Sally’s Y Breaks Ground

On Saturday April 24th, the first shovels hit the ground for the long-awaited ground breaking ceremony. David & Jo Clark’s dreams finally became reality. After years of planning and numerous donations, the Denver community is step closer to the Y and the facility is anticipated to open the doors January 2011.

Sally’s Y is named after Sally McKenzie Clark, who died in a tragic car accident along with her cousin, Anna Grace Jordan, on April 4th 2004. Sally and Grace were only 19 when a drunk driver took their precious lives. David and Jo Clark , Sally’s parents, thought the YMCA would be a perfect fit to keep the youthful spirit of Sally alive. Sally had the same values as the YMCA,  faith & family. This theme will be seen throughout Sally’s Y along with the color yellow & sunflowers. Sally’s favorite flower was the sunflower and it symbolic to  happiness, strength, loyalty &  faith, just like Sally. Guests were given a packet of sunflowers and children were given plastic hard hats & small shovels as souvenirs of this historic day for the Denver community.

 The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the future site of the “Grace Chapel”, named after Sally’s cousin, Anna Grace Jordan. The ceremony included games, inflatables, musical entertainment & refreshments for the family.  A fun family event that will be remembered by all that attended for years to come.

Additional events took place on Sunday April 25th, Sally’s Y hosted the third annual Ride for Sally’s Y offering bike riders a chance to participate in a 25K, 50K or 100k. New this year, is the Girls on the Run 5K trail run. GOTR program is a non-profit organization that encourages preteen girls to develop self -respect and healthy lifestyles through their love of running. Both are great ways to show your support for Sally’s Y and promote a healthy life at the same time! Proceeds from this event go to Sally’s Y.

Charlotte Area YMCA’s

Aquatics Center    325 Rawlinson Rd    Rock Hill, SC 29732    803-817-7665      Ballantyne Village YMCA 14825 John J. Delaney Dr     Suite 190     Charlotte, NC  28277     704-716-4650     Charlotte Avenue Branch YMCA    402 Charlotte Avenue    Rock Hill, SC 29732    803-329-9622    Childress Klein YMCA    200 One Wachovia Center   301 S. College Street   Charlotte, NC  28208    704-716-6400     Clover Branch YMCA    107 S. Main Street    Clover, SC 29710    803-222-9622    Dowd YMCA    400 E. Morehead Street    Charlotte, NC  28202    704-716-6100     Fort Mill Branch YMCA    857 Promenade Walk    Fort Mill, SC 29708    803-548-8020    Gateway Village YMCA    900 W. Trade Street    Charlotte, NC  28202    704-716-4700     Gold Hill Branch YMCA    1785 Gold Hill Road    Fort Mill, SC 29708    803-548-9622     Harris Express YMCA    4625 Piedmont Row Drive    Suite 155    Charlotte, NC 28210    704-716-6980    Harris YMCA    5900 Quail Hollow Road    Charlotte, NC 28210    704-716-6800  Johnston YMCA    3025 N. Davidson Street    Charlotte, NC  28205    704-716-6300     Lake Norman YMCA    21300 Davidson Street    Cornelius, NC 28031    704-716-4400  Lincoln County YMCA    1402 E. Gaston Street    Lincolnton, NC 28092    704-748-9311    Lowe’s YMCA    170 Joe Knox Avenue     Mooresville, NC 28117     704-716-4000    McCrorey YMCA    3801 Beatties Ford Rd    Charlotte, NC 28216    704-716-6500    Morrison Family YMCA at Ballantyne    9405 Bryant Farms Rd    Charlotte, NC 28277    704-716-4650 Sally’s YMCA  1601 Forney Creek Pkwy       Denver, NC 28037    Phone Number TBA    Simmons YMCA    6824 Democracy Drive    Charlotte, NC 28229    704-716-6600    Siskey  Family YMCA    3127 Weddington Road    Matthews, NC 28105    704-716-4200 Stowe YMCA  2135-A Ayrsley Town Blvd    Charlotte, NC 28273    704-716-4900 Stratford Richardson YMCA    1946 West Boulevard    Charlotte, NC 28208    704-716-4800    University City YMCA    8100 Old Mallard Creek Rd    Charlotte, NC 28262    704-716-6700    Weddington YMCA    13635 Providence Road    Weddington, NC 28105    704-716-4225    YMCA Wellness Center    1735 Heckle Boulevard    Rock Hill, SC 29732    803-366-9622  York Branch YMCA    103 E. Madison Street    York, SC 29745    803-684-2247    For more information about local YMCAs, go to…    www.ymcacharlotte.org    or www.upymca.org