This year the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA Drive for Fitness started a little late, but that did not hamper its great success, as the event raised $10,000.
Nearly 200 tickets were grabbed up by YMCA supporters who took a chance to help themselves to a possible two-year lease on a Ford Focus, donated by Elkins Fordland, or $5,000 in cash.
Elkins residents Tim and Melodee Price said they support the Y and thoroughly enjoyed their evening at the event Saturday.
"There was quite a crowd at the Elks Club for this year's Drive for Fitness," Melodee Price said. "We had an especially great time because we won $1,000."
The Prices said they support the Elkins YMCA because of what it has to offer to the local community.
"I feel the Y has always provided needed services for our area," Melodee Price said. "It is a safe, healthy place for the younger kids to learn new skills and acquire friendships."
Price said the YMCA has had an impact on her throughout her entire life.
"I have fond memories of our YMCA," Melodee Price said. "When I was a youngster, my parents took me to the YMCA to learn to swim. I had classes with John Pennington, and it was lots of fun. When I was a teenager, I took water safety instruction classes from John, and trained to be a lifeguard. I worked at the YMCA after that, so I have a long history with them."
Price said she believes in the YMCA and the need for it in the Randolph County community.
"I will be sure to return for the Drive for Fitness next year, and encourage others to support our YMCA," Melody Price said. "I hope this event continues because it is a great fundraiser. It is so much fun - it was very exciting, and it benefits the YMCA."
The Drive for Fitness was created in 2006 to raise needed funds for general operating expenses, classes and basketball programs. Elkins/Randolph County YMCA Executive Director Sid Gillespie said the Y is offering more than 25 classes this fall as well as basketball leagues for all ages.
This year's Drive for Fitness featured music by D.J. Rob Henline, appetizers, a buffet dinner, a 50/50 drawing, and, of course, the grand prize. The elimination drawing came to a close when only five names remained in the running - Joyce Allen, Travis Daniels, Melodee Price, Chuck Preusch and Dr. Hal Zorger. After consulting briefly, the group decided to split the $5,000 grand prize rather than continue on with the elimination.
Joyce Allen said she could not attend the event; however, she was pleased to hear her ticket was selected as a winner.
"Sid Gillispie had called and asked if I would want to buy three tickets to support the Drive for Fitness," Allen said. "I came in and told him I would buy six tickets because it is an even number. I found out Monday that I was one of the winners of $1,000. I donated that money back to the YMCA to help out, so I ended up giving $1,600 in support to a good cause."
Chuck and Lisa Preusch also won $1,000, holding one of the last five tickets.
"We always try to support the YMCA," Lisa Preusch said. "It is a great place for kids and adults. They offer great programs for exercise and a healthy lifestyle. They need our assistance, and we try to support our community. We are thrilled to be winners."
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