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YMCA Honors Philanthropist

Published 11.03.16 6:00 am
YMCA honored Elmer K. Whitaker at this year's National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

The YMCA of Central Kentucky celebrated this year’s National Philanthropy Day by honoring Whitaker Bank CEO Elmer K. Whitaker at a luncheon Tuesday, November 1 at the Griffin Gate Marriot Resort & Spa Ballroom. Whitaker was honored at the luncheon in recognition of his generous dedication of time and resources to the YMCA of Central Kentucky.

Whitaker serves on the YMCA’s board of directors and helped found the Whitaker Bank Scholarship Fund at the YMCA, which was established to grant financial assistance for individuals and families who want and need Y programs, but cannot afford them. It is the intent of the YMCA that no family or individual is denied membership or participation due to lack of financial resources.

Most recently, Whitaker, in conjunction with the Whitaker Foundation and Whitaker Bank, made a generous gift to the Y to name the newly opened Hamburg facility as the Whitaker Family YMCA at Hamburg Place. The Whitaker Family, Whitaker Bank and the YMCA of Central Kentucky’s partnership continues to grow due to sharing of common values and goals for our community.

Earlier in 2015, Whitaker Bank financed a portion of the Y’s planned $36.7 million in capital improvements. The capital projects include the new Whitaker Family YMCA, an expansion at the North Lexington Family YMCA, redevelopment of the High Street YMCA in downtown Lexington and renovations at the C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today with the Hamburg facility if it wasn’t for Mr. Whitaker,” said YMCA of Central Kentucky President and CEO David Martorano. “This is a way for us to celebrate and show our gratitude to Mr. Whitaker and the Whitaker family for their dedication to the Y’s mission.”

National Philanthropy Day is a celebration held every fall by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a way for organizations like the Y to honor companies and individuals who have been philanthropic to organizations and their causes.

“National Philanthropy Day is a way for us to further our relationships with our generous donors like Mr. Whitaker and show our appreciation for all that they do to help strengthen the foundation of our community and build a better us,” Martorano said.

For more information on how you can support the Y, contact Vice President of Philanthropy Bobbi Silver at bsilver@ymcacky.org or call 859-367-7333.

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