Annual Bike-A-Thon

Brief History of

Roof Raisers

Roof Raisers was founded in 1971 by Rollie Ayers, Paul Ecke, Jr., Ed Harloff, Don Hubbard, Sr., and Irv Roston to raise funds to complete our then-new YMCA. The five event founders masterminded this fundraising event to put a roof on the Multi-Purpose Room… and Roof Raisers was born.

Over the past 45 years, over $4,273,000 has been raised through this legendary event! Many new roofs have been built over the Y, including the pool enclosure and a spectacular 22,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Aquatic Center. Roof Raisers has also allowed the YMCA to build "indoor" soccer arenas, purchase vans to transport children to childcare at the YMCA, acquire program equipment for various YMCA programs and expand the Preschool. Roof Raisers helped fun the renovation and rebuilding of the Y's world-renowned Skate Park, improve and upgrade the Y's Aquatic Park near the Carlsbad Lagoon and expand and improve our Y Gymnastics Center.


Funds raised at Roof Raisers are used to improve the lives of thousands of North County families. Roof Raisers is an event benefiting the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA.

For more information about Roof Raisers, please contact
Emily Figueiredo, Director of Financial Development & Events, at 760.942.9622 ext 12507 or at [email protected].