Fran­chot honors YMCA, Rob­bins Foun­da­tion

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­

— Comptroller Peter Fran­chot vis­ited the Dorchester County Fam­ily YMCA on Mon­day, March 19, for a tour of the fa­cil­ity and rec­og­nized the Pauline F. and David W. Rob­bins Foun­da­tion for sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

Fran­chot pre­sented a procla­ma­tion to the YMCA’s lead­er­ship in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of more than 30 years of ser­vice to the Dorchester County com­mu­nity, not­ing the wide va­ri­ety of pro­grams of­fered, its pro­mo­tion of youth de­vel­op­ment, healthy liv­ing and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“We know what we’ve done, and we know what we can do,” said Board Chair­man Lee Grier. “We’re work­ing on

a vi­sion to con­tinue that as best we can. Our part­ner­ship now with the Ch­e­sa­peake YMCA has been great. We have a promis­ing fu­ture, and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

In Septem­ber 2017, Dorchester Fam­ily YMCA of­fi­cially merged with YMCA of the Ch­e­sa­peake. There are now 10 YMCA branches across the East­ern Shore un­der YMCA of the Ch­e­sa­peake, and it is the largest hu­man ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion on the East­ern Shore serv­ing over 35,000 mem­bers.

“We’re de­lighted that you care so much about this or­ga­ni­za­tion which, in my judg­ment, has the ca­pac­ity to do more good on the East­ern Shore than re­ally any­one,” said Chief Vol­un­teer Of­fi­cer Dick Bo­droff.

Leonard and Jan­ice Foxwell, trustees of the Pauline F. and David W. Rob­bins Foun­da­tion, also were in at­ten­dance.

The foun­da­tion is a gen­er­ous sup­porter of the Dorchester Y, par­tic­u­larly the Aquat­ics De­part­ment. Mr. Foxwell was the brother of the late Pauline “Polly” Rob­bins.

“Ev­ery­one knows how im­por­tant the Y is to a com­mu­nity, but it has to be sol­vent,” said Fran­chot. “I want to par­tic­u­larly thank Leonard Foxwell and Mrs. (Jan­ice) Foxwell for the fam­ily foun­da­tion, which has proven to be so sup­port­ive of this Y.”

Most no­tably, the foun­da­tion has promised a sig­na­ture gift of $1.2 mil­lion, which will be given in in­cre­ments through 2023.

In May, the name of the or­ga­ni­za­tion will be changed to the Rob­bins Fam­ily YMCA, in honor of the foun­da­tion and its con­tin­ued sup­port.

“The Rob­bins Foun­da­tion made a huge im­pact in not only sup­port­ing this Y, but also keep­ing the pool open, mak­ing sure that fa­cil­ity would be avail­able for kids, fam­i­lies, and adults,” said YMCA of the Ch­e­sa­peake CEO Rob­bie Gill. “Mov­ing for­ward into the

fu­ture with­out that gift, it would have been re­ally hard for the (Dorchester) Y to con­tinue to main­tain that fa­cil­ity. That gift was truly a trans­for­ma­tional gift, and when we looked at work­ing to­gether, part­ner­ing in the fu­ture, and how this Y can make the big­gest pos­si­ble im­pact in the com­mu­nity, be­ing con­nected and part­ner­ing with the foun­da­tion was a huge win for the YMCA.”

The Pauline F. and David W. Rob­bins Foun­da­tion fo­cuses on sup­port­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in Dorchester County. Mr. Foxwell said that the money was made here, in­vested here, and it will stay here to ben­e­fit the peo­ple of Dorchester County.

Other or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­ported by the foun­da­tion in­clude the Na­tional Out­door Show, the Robin Hood Shop, the Richard­son Mar­itime Mu­seum, the Chop­tank River Light­house, the Dorchester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, and many oth­ers.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, cen­ter, tours the Pauline F. and David W. Rob­bins Aquat­ics Cen­ter at the Dorchester Fam­ily YMCA Mon­day, March 19.

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