“The Greater Marco Family YMCA is proud to join our Marco Island famillies in honoring fathers,” said Cindy Love, CEO. “Dads, and Moms, play a paramount role in children’s lives, and the Y is committed to helping foster those relationships.”
Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Louis Smart Dodd, the daughter of a single father who served in the Civil War. On Mother’s Day in 1909 Smart Dodd heard a sermon honoring mothers and wondered why there was no similar tribute for fathers. With the support of ministers in Spokane, Smart Dodd launched the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. President Nixon signed Father’s Day into law in 1972.
Today, the Y remains committed to strengthening families. The Greater Marco Family YMCA offers programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their dads – and moms.
For more information about the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s family programming, visit our campus located at 101 Sand Hill Street , Marco Island and visit our website at www.marcoislandymca.org
The nation’s 2,687 YMCAs serve 21 million people each year, including more than 9 million children under the age of 18. YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on their collective strength as one of America’s largest not-for-profit community service organizations. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America’s communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all.