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Celebrating Fathers - a Tradition Started at the YMCA

More than a century ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. Dodd, the daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran, was inspired by a Mother's Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Washington, her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

The YMCA of San Joaquin County offers a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers. Join us on Tuesday, June 11, in celebrating Father's Day and recognizing the impact fathers and adult male role models make in children's lives, with our 4thd Annual "Y Dads Matter" Father's Day Luncheon. Space is limited, so please RSVP by May 31, 2019.

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Location: The Reserve at Spanos Park
Doors Open: 11:30am | Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

For more information contact Rebecca Fisher-Glissman at (209)472-9622 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it