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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 in June 2020 in celebrating Father's Day and recognizing the impact fathers and adult male role models make in children's lives, with our 5th Annual "Y Dads Matter" Father's Day Luncheon. More information to follow.

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Location: The Reserve at Spanos Park