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April 27, 2010

Support for fathers’ fundraising

On the roof of the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, memories come rushing back.

The four men and a woman forming the letters of the organization’s name in pantomime, a la a popular disco group of the late ’70s, are the offspring of five of the Y’s most ardent supporters. The offspring are part of an annual fundraising project, Roof Raisers, their fathers started four decades ago. It is the Y’s primary source of financial support.

Bob Ayers, 51, remembers being one of the first kids to swim in the Y’s pool. Paul Ecke III, 54, recalls an exciting Indian Guides program in which he was Little Buffalo and his father was Big Buffalo.

Ann Harloff, 61, sees herself feeling like an outsider during her first function as a member of the YMCA’s board of directors 20 years ago. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/apr/25/children-spell-support-for-fathers-fundraising/

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