YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Denise Day, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (center), stands with Maryanne Parsons (left) and Leo Parsons (right), president and COO of Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) during the Y’s first annual campaign kickoff event. Leo Parsons will be heading this year’s campaign.


WEST CHESTER, February 18, 2016 — The YMCA of Greater Brandywine held its 2016 annual campaign kick-off at CTDI on Feb. 11. Leo Parsons, Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) president and COO, will spearhead this year’s campaign, with the goal to raise $1.3 million.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Leo Parsons, president and COO of Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) and Bob Shope, board chair of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, sign a banner commemorating the Y’s pledge to raise $1.3 million dollars for its 2016 annual campaign.

Local community business leaders as well as campaign volunteers representing the branches came together to pledge their support to the campaign, which makes vital, life-changing programs available to families and children in Chester County who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.

“Tonight is a great night. We are really excited and proud of all we are going to do for the community. There are a lot of Y stories. When you hear these stories, you’ll be inspired,” said Bob Shope, board chair for the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

That’s why we’re here, to make sure there are more great Y stories and to insure that all kids and families have the chance to be healthy and strong, have a place to be active and encouraged on their journey without the roadblock of cost.”

Despite Chester County being the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, many families and children are in significant need. Funds raised provide programs and services that without the Y’s support would not be available.

Kids learn vital water safety lessons to help prevent them from drowning in the Safety Around Water program, which last year reached thousands of children in Chester County. The 1 out of 10 kids home alone in the summer get the opportunity to discover the fun of summer camp where they make friends, learn new skills and experience character building lessons every day. In 2015, close to 5,000 kids, who otherwise would be home alone, had fun in summer camp.

Leo Parsons, campaign chair, talked about the reason ‘why’ he finds it so important to support the work of the Y in the community,

YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Bob Shope, board chair of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, and Leo Parsons, president and COO of Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI), address the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s staff, donors and board members, who will be volunteering with the Y’s annual campaign.

“For me, it’s the kids. Every child in the county needs access to learn to swim or go to camp or be with other families and kids in a safe environment. I didn’t realize until my wife, Maryanne, started taking our own kids to the Y all of the services it provides and the impact it can have on a family. All of this made me think even more, that this is where I really want to be involved and have an impact” said Parsons.

To give or learn more about the annual campaign, visit www.ymcagbw.org/donate/giving.