Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA Supporter Receives 2017 Communitas Award

Harry Crosby honored for his support and dedication to the community

Arlington, TX, Feb 3, 2017 – North Texas business man and Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA supporter Harry Crosby received the 2017 Communitas Award for his commitment to the association and the community. The annual award, sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in community service and social responsibility.

Mr. Crosby received the award on February 2 during a special visit of the Y’s After School Program at Bebensee Elementary School in Arlington. He was presented with the award by Roberto Aguirre, President and CEO of the Arlington-Mansfield YMCA.  Mr. Crosby was nominated by YMCA Board Member Ed Dalheim.

Mr. Crosby, owner of Flooring Services in The Colony, Texas, was chosen in part for his generous contribution to the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA.

“This is a great way for Mr. Crosby to be honored through his support of our Y and to this community,” said Mr. Aguirre. “We were blessed to win Mr. Crosby’s heart, thanks to the involvement of Charlie Patterson and [YMCA] Board Chair Glynda Patterson. Mr. Crosby loves this community; he is committed to making lives better for many underserved families and their children, whether by promoting healthy living, changing the lives of our youth or making a broader impact in our neighborhoods.”

Mr. Crosby’s recent gift of over $17,000 to the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA will definitely boost the organization in its endeavor to impact thousands of lives throughout the community. In 2016, support from the community empowered the Y to serve 126,000 free meals to children who otherwise would have gone to bed hungry.  More than 3,870 children, families and individuals in need received $502,028 in financial support to participate in critical programs to ensure their development and healthy living.  Mr. Crosby’s generosity will also enable children to take part in YMCA sports and to be cared for in the Y’s after school program. In 2016, both programs served 9,293 and 1,488 participants, respectively.

His gift will also impact over 1,000 children this summer in day camp programs.  Day camp — a staple of the Y — has transformed the lives of many children.

An inspiring example of this is the story of Dalton, an 8-year-old boy who was on the autism spectrum and had difficulty playing with other children. Dalton’s experience at the Y’s summer day camp changed his life as he learned to break out of his shell and make many new friends by the end of camp. As Dalton’s mom would say, “We are grateful for the support from the Y. Otherwise I don’t know what we would have done.” Dalton is now 10 years old and has been with the Y for two years; although he was turned away from other programs, he always feels welcomed at the Arlington-Mansfield Area Y.

Thanks to Mr. Crosby’s gift, the YMCA’s reach will also extend to hundreds of adults through the Diabetes Prevention, the LIVESTRONG Cancer Survivor Support and Senior Fitness programs. Almost every day, testimonials can be heard from participants on how these programs have helped them achieve their goals and to cope with their personal challenges. Because of his sincere commitment to our local YMCA and his deep love for the community, Mr. Crosby is deserving of the Communitas Award.

For more information, contact Eddie Miranda, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 817-299-9629 (ext. 1300) or eddiem@amaymca.org.

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