Walla Walla, WA – The Walla Walla YMCA was awarded a check for $8,143 this week from the Milton-Freewater Guns and Hoses organization lead by Mark Gomes and Elizabeth Lawrence.
The Guns and Hoses group consists of area firefighters, first responders and police who donate their time and efforts to organize several events in the community in order to raise funds to support the Milton-Freewater summer camp. “This is an incredible group of individuals who bring tremendous energy and effort to helping to fund the camp,” said Karen Hedine, YMCA CEO. “Without Guns and Hoses and the support of the Milton-Freewater community overall this program would not be the success that it is.”
The YMCA has been pleased to manage the Milton-Freewater summer camp, now in its seventh year. Additional community support for this year’s summer camp has been provided by Milton-Freewater’s School District, Rotary, and Area Foundation together individuals and organizations throughout the community. Due to the community’s continued support, the YMCA has been able to expand the camp from its original two-week period to this year’s eight-week long camp. Kim Copinghaver serves as the camp coordinator and leads a dedicated team of counselors who provide countless hours of fun for kids.
The funds raised by Guns and Hoses will be applied directly to support kids; these funds provide financial assistance so that every child who wants to can attend.
ABOUT THE WALLA WALLA YMCA
Founded in Walla in 1886, the Walla Walla YMCA has a proud tradition of serving individuals and families throughout the Walla Walla Valley. Its mission is to provide a community where all people, especially the young are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in sprit, mind and body.
ABOUT GUNS AND HOSES
Guns and Hoses has played an active role in Milton-Freewater for the past 5 years. With the involvement of area firefighters, first responders and police, the group conducts fund raising events throughout the spring. In 2014 the group held its first event – a football game between firefighters and police and then switched to baseball the following 3 years. For the last 2 years they have held the “Party in the Park,” which brings in local bands for a fun community event that highlights local businesses, vocal talents, and features a beer garden and dunk tank. Guns and Hoses collects funds from sponsors, a silent auction, raffle and vendors to be able fund Milton-Freewater community programs.
Karen Hedine, CEO
Walla Walla YMCA