2018 Annual Report

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

A Letter From Our Leaders

Chris Lokey & Tony Shuman

From healthy living initiatives, to expanded youth development programs, to social responsibility engagement, the Y continues to serve our communities’ needs. As we reflect on 2018, here are a few highlights.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s is a new research-based indoor cycling program that was launched at two of our Y branches in 2018. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and to educate patients, caregivers and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Active bodies equal an active mind.

As a part of our social responsibility to the community, we increased our water safety and drowning prevention efforts by introducing a Dry Land Education program. We were able to serve over 7,400 youth in 2018 with key drowning prevention education. We also increased our Safety Around Water outreach participation by 25%, taking free water safety classes to local apartment pools.

We began construction on a brand new YMCA Camp Carter Welcome Center that will be completed in the summer of 2019. Field lighting was added to the YMCA Sports Complex expanding the usable time of the fields. Youth Sports is a key way for families to stay active and engaged together.

We also continued construction on our brand new William M. McDonald YMCA in the southeast Fort Worth community that opened in January of 2019. A community-accessible pool, large pre-school, dedicated youth space, wellness area, demonstration kitchen and full gymnasium with a walking track is included in this state-of-the-art facility. As a part of Purpose Built Communities in partnership with Renaissance Heights United, the William M. McDonald YMCA will create access to healthy living and family and youth programming such as, youth mentoring, after school enrichment, early education, youth sports, nutrition education and gardening and chronic disease prevention.

Lastly, with the changing landscape of wellness and shifting community needs, we made some difficult decisions to transition out of two of our branches – Southwest YMCA and Westside YMCA. To strengthen programs and services to families in the southwest part of Fort Worth, we will invest into the Ryan Family YMCA with funds from the sale of the Southwest facility, in conjunction with a generous grant from the Ryan Family Foundation. We also collaborated with the City of Fort Worth and LVTRise to transition our Westside facility to a Fort Worth Community Center in order to address changing community needs in the Las Vegas Trail area. The Y will continue to provide senior wellness programming and youth development programs, such as afterschool care and water safety education in west Fort Worth.

As we look toward the future, striving to serve more – we are:

  • Kicking off a strategic planning and visioning process in 2019 that will help us better understand key community needs and how the YMCA can work to address those needs over the next 10 years.
  • Working to continue enhancing and innovating programs and services with the goal of creating consistent and exceptional experiences for every individual we serve.
  • Supporting community wellness through new programs like Pedaling for Parkinson’s, and A Matter of Balance --supporting fall prevention for seniors. And by continuing programs like Diabetes Prevention, nutrition classes, community gardens, and more.
  • Focusing on water safety by partnering with Cook Children’s to provide swim lessons to Mitchell Boulevard Elementary School and Uplift Mighty Preparatory students as part of classroom curriculum.
  • Evaluating further partnership opportunities with like-minded organizations to better serve the growing and changing needs of our community.

We want to be part of the solution for our community needs. There is something at the Y for every member of the family.

In closing, many volunteers and donors have committed countless hours and financial resources to support the Y. We count you as part of our family and we couldn’t be where we are today without you. Thank you for your support and passion to build a stronger community for all.

Chris Lokey, Chairman of the Board

Tony Shuman, President/CEO

Our Impact

By the Numbers

Community Benefit


A leading nonprofit partner throughout the country, the Y has the proven track record to move communities forward, just as we do here in greater Fort Worth.

As a charity, we work every day to address community needs and ensure that all are welcome and that no one is turned away for an inability to pay.

The Y provided nearly $6.8 million in total community benefit in 2018 including:

  • $2.6 million in contributions raised to provide free programs and assistance to our community
  • 8,262 people received program or membership financial assistance
  • $1.8 million invested to subsidize community based youth programs

During 2018, 2,541 volunteers dedicated over 50,000 hours of time to serve our community through Y activities.

Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

Outdoor Education

Most students have better comprehension of academic concepts when they are able to touch, feel and do. They want to feel the leaves, do the experiments, touch the insects. Active, kinesthetic learning is not only more memorable but has also been proven to improve concentration and behavior.

Established over 35 years ago, the Outdoor Education program at YMCA Camp Carter is devoted to helping teachers educate students about the interdependence between people and the environment. Students have the opportunity to learn while exploring trails, hiking, canoeing, fishing and orienteering.

This program operates during the school year and is primarily focused on fourth, fifth and sixth grade students and aligns with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. Students learn responsibility and develop an appreciation of diversity in nature and within each other.

Last year, over 9,300 students participated in outdoor experiences – including every Fort Worth ISD 5th grader.

Youth & Government

Teens are our leaders of tomorrow. Learning their responsibilities as a citizen and the role policy plays in that is part of the transition to adulthood. In the Y’s Youth and Government program, teens from across the state meet in their local clubs to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and propose possible legislation to make state government more efficient.

Locally, 339 high school and junior high students learned critical thinking and communication skills as a foundation for being both knowledgeable and active in the future of our democracy.

The program culminates with the teens serving as delegates at a state conference and debating bills on the floor of the legislature. From this experience, young people learn about the democratic system and are trained in parliamentary procedure, legislative committee process, debate, press relations and lobbying techniques. Delegates learn by doing and have the opportunity to try their hand at leadership in an open and receptive learning environment.

Healthy Living

Improving the community’s health and well-being

Preventing Disease – Improving Health

Our shared intent is to improve the community’s health by leading the transformation of healthcare delivery from a system largely focused on treatment of illness to a collaborative community-based approach focused on well-being, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.

The Y has introduced several evidence-based health intervention programs such as:

  • Diabetes Prevention Program: Helping adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
  • LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: This 12-week, small group program assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body.
  • Pedaling for Parkinson’s: A research based indoor group cycling program focused on educating patients and caregivers about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

In 2018, 284 individual’s health was improved through our evidence-based health intervention programs.

Nutrition Programs

Food choices dramatically affect a person’s health. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Combined with physical activity, diet can help to obtain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer) and improve overall mental health.

The Y encourages healthy lifestyles by offering an experienced nutrition professional to provide one-on-one nutrition counseling, our new Nutrition On-The-Go program, support to community gardens, free cooking demonstrations, grocery store tours and more.

Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

The Y Feeds Kids

More than 300,000 of Tarrant County’s two million residents aren’t always sure where their next meal is coming from; 25% are children. Commonly referred to as "food insecurity", it can have negative effects on the health and development of young children, including developmental risks, behavior problems, low academic performance and more.

The Y fills the gaps in access to free and reduced meals during the summer and afterschool hours by providing healthy snacks and meals to kids who live with food insecurity. During the summer months, the Y typically serves an average of 21,500 meals and snacks. Since 2015, the YMCA has served over 628,000 meals and snacks year-round to combat food insecurity and support the healthy development of children in our community.

Drowning Prevention

Texas leads the nation in number of pool drownings and Tarrant County ranks among the top in the state for pediatric drowning. Pool drowning is 100% preventable and we must work together to eliminate these tragedies.

Safety Around Water was developed in the summer of 2015 as the Y’s response to an unprecedented number of drownings and has served over 1,375 people to date. In 2018, we also educated more than 7,000 through dry land education.

Sending a team of YMCA-trained lifeguards and swim instructors to apartment complexes to teach children and adults free water safety lessons eliminates the barriers of transportation and cost, while providing lifesaving skills to families that need it the most

Public Support & Revenue

Financial Overview

  • Membership%47
  • Program Fees%39
  • Contributions & United Way%10
  • Government & Other%4
PUBLIC SUPPORT & REVENUE 2018 (unaudited) 2017
Membership $10,840,459 $11,373,153
Program Fees 9,092,555 9,238,208
Contributions 2,482,119 2,354,866
United Way 142,577 116,093
Government & Other 932,810 917,944
TOTAL $24,005,011 $24,000,264

Operating Expenses

Financial Overview

  • Health & Wellness%53
  • After School & Day Camp%17
  • Youth Sports, Aquatics, Families & Teens%18
  • All Day Child Care%6
  • Resident Camping%6
Expenses 2018 (unaudited) 2017
Personnel Costs $15,792,497 $15,549,319
Supplies & Equipment 2,942,314 3,156,025
Maintenance & Utilities 2,855,728 2,916,236
Other Expenses 2,205,009 2,405,504
Transfer to(from) Reserves 209,463 (26,820)
TOTAL $24,005,011 $24,000,264


Financial Overview

Assets 2018 (unaudited) 2017
Cash & Investments $3,093,158 $2,411,017
Accounts Receivable 1,269,499 1,139,892
Capital Restricted Cash & A/R 10,436,533 10,574,495
Property & Equipment 14,301,161 15,127,136
Total Assets $29,100,351 $29,252,540
Liabilities & Fund Balance 2018 (unaudited) 2017
Short Term Liabilities $1,865,711 $4,008,857
Long Term Liabilities 2,190,283 -
Total Liabilities 4,055,994 4,008,857
Total Fund Balance 25,044,357 25,243,683
Total Liabilities & Fund Balance $29,100,351 $29,252,540


of the Year

These individuals have been recognized by volunteers and staff for their outstanding commitment to the Y during 2018. Whether as a branch board member, a volunteer fundraiser for annual campaign or a youth sports coach, each has given tremendous time and passion to supporting the Y. Their efforts have moved the mission of the Y forward and encouraged youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Chi Rho Honoree

James King

James King has dedicated his life to serving youth, both professionally and as a volunteer. During college, James realized his passion and love for teaching and the resulting career is all driven by the desire to give youth a solid chance in life.

During his 35-year career, James has served as a teacher at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, assistant principal at J.W. Bishop Elementary and principal at E. Ray Elementary in Everman. Currently, James is Director of Truancy and Safety Compliance for Everman ISD.

While principal at E. Ray Elementary, James connected with the Ryan Family YMCA. Whether through afterschool programs, youth sports, summer camp, swimming or more, James appreciated and valued the impact the Y was making with families in his school. As a parent, he embraced the Y for his own family, but as a principal, responsible for the well-being of many youth, he "saw first-hand how the Y reached out to all people, regardless of race, creed, or financial need."

James joined the Board of Managers of the Ryan Family YMCA in 2004. During his 15-year commitment to the Y, James has been a leader in the annual campaign, raising much needed philanthropic support for low-income families. Additionally, he has served three, 2-year terms as Chair of the Board of Managers, leading through the merger of the Ryan Family and E.R. Van Zandt Southwest YMCA boards. His calming and steady nature, as well as his influence and leadership, have had a tremendous impact on numerous volunteers and Board members.

James lives the mission of the Y through volunteering at the branch as well as his service with other organizations. He is a current member and past president of the Everman Lions Club, is the Homeless Liaison for the ISD through Texas Homeless Education Office, serves on the ISD School Health Advisory Council, administrator for the Everman Food Pantry Express: Tarrant Area Food Bank for the district, and Region 11 past president of the Texas Elementary Principals Association.

James is a steadfast figure at the Ryan Family Y and his impact will be felt for years to come. Through these experiences and more, he exemplifies the dedication and commitment of a Chi Rho Award recipient. The YMCA is proud to recognize James and thanks him, and his family, for past and future support.

Chi Rho Award Recipients

Helping the Y Build a Better Us

  • Art Anderson (2018)
  • Ernest Anderson (1981)*
  • Ray Atherton (1976)*
  • Byron Baird (2004)
  • Bill Baker (1970)
  • Mary Bell (2009)
  • Bill Benge (1986)
  • J. Ralph Bickley (1970)*
  • Milton Biles (1969)*
  • Bob Bolen (1994)*
  • Steve Boma (2016)
  • J. C. Brown (1974)*
  • W. I. Browning (1967)*
  • Amon G. Carter, Jr. (1967)*
  • John Cook (1982)
  • R. Earl Cox, III (1974)
  • Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Cozby (1990)*
  • Judson A. Cramer (1996)*
  • Bill Cranz (1997)*
  • Bob Crow (1994)*
  • Gary W. Cumbie (1995)
  • Rev. C.C. Cyphers (1968)*
  • Katrine Deakins (1976)*
  • Art Dickerson (1977)*
  • C. Douglas Dickerson, Jr. (1998)*
  • Raymond Dickerson (1987)
  • Vernon Evans (1987)
  • Reagan Ferguson (2006)
  • G.W. "Bill" Fisher (1968)*
  • Heard L. Floore (1974)*
  • Tony Ford (2004)
  • James Garvey (1972)*
  • Mario Garza (2014)
  • Bob & Pat Gersten (2017)
  • R.E. Gilley (1973)*
  • Kay Granger (Honorary 2007)
  • Bill Grant (1975)*
  • Loren Hanson (1983)*
  • Lee Roy Hahnfeld (1977)
  • Bob Hammond (1980)*
  • Dr. Jack F. Hardwick (1967)*
  • Allan Howeth (1976)
  • John Hughes (1983)*
  • Walter Humphrey (1969)*
  • Marion T. "Jap" Jones (1991)*
  • John T. Kaempf (1973)*
  • Jimmy Killingsworth (2011)
  • Australia King (1994)*
  • James King (2019)
  • Robert M. Lansford (1985)
  • Jack Larson (2010)
  • Janan Leaman (2008)
  • H. G. Leffler (1990)*
  • Joe Lenamon (1983)
  • Arvil Lewis (1992)
  • Chris Lokey (2008)
  • Felix Lozano (2006)
  • W. G. Marquardt (1978)*
  • Scott McDonald (1973)*
  • Howard McMahan (1971)*
  • Bill & Pati Meadows (2001)
  • Henry Meadows (1972)*
  • Paul Midkiff (1993)
  • Cindy Milrany (2013)
  • Stuart Murff (2005)
  • Charles W. Needham (1980)*
  • Joyce Norris (2002)
  • J. Clark Nowlin (1984)*
  • Harold Odom, Sr. (1970)*
  • Joe K. Pace (1995)*
  • Brud Pickett (1981)*
  • G. J. Post, Jr. (1974)
  • Dr. Dan Powell (2003)
  • Jim Pridemore (1991)*
  • Buddy Puente (2012)
  • Jack Rattikin, Jr. (1980)
  • Oscar Reeder (1982)
  • Fred Sanders (1989)*
  • Y. C. Shamblee (1977)*
  • Whit Smith (2003)
  • Bishop Kenneth Spears (2009)
  • Steve Tatum (1990)
  • Sallie Nowlin Tarride (2002)
  • Gary Teague (1988)*
  • Gary Terry (2000)
  • F. Dick Thompson, Jr. (1982)
  • Homer Tomlinson, Jr. (1972)*
  • J. R. Thomas (1968)*
  • John F. Tinsley (1985)*
  • Mary Lou Tulloh (1983)*
  • E. R. Van Zandt (1985)*
  • A. B. Waldron (1986)*
  • Homer Walton (1982)*
  • Jim West (1979)*
  • Ophelia White (1981)*
  • Augustus Whitted, Jr. (1988)
  • Henry Widdecke, Jr. (1971)*
  • Paul Williams (2000)
  • S. R. Williams (1999)*
  • Loftin Witcher (1999)
  • Anthony Wommack (1986)*
  • Mary Wysong (1998)*

Corporate Recipients

  • Pier 1 Imports (2003)
  • Star-Telegram (2004)
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank (2005)
  • Wells Fargo (2006)


Association Board of Directors

Our Leadership


Chair, Board of Directors
Vice Chair


Lillie Biggins, Steve Boma, Sherry Breed, Brian Brisco, Tom Brockenbush, Ellen Buck, David Campbell, Danny Cox, Lindsay Daum, Robert Drummond, Vernon Evans, Alan Fonner, Mario Garza, Ryan Haggerty, Tim Hardman, Becky Haskin, Brandon Hassell, Michael Hoffer, Gary Hudson, Dewey Isom, Joseph LaMarca, Jr., YaLonda Lockett, Dr. Jackie Meeks, R.J. Pack, Rachel Phillips, Buddy Puente, Lisa Rettew, Justin Rutledge, Eric Schrader, Terry Schultz, Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer, Elliott Stephenson, Gary Tonniges, Jr., Capt. J.T. Townsend, Dr. Darron Turner, Scott Turner, David Wilcox, Mike Wilson

Committee Chairs

Audit Committee
Finance Committee
Board Development Committee
Human Resources Committee
Marketing Committee
Property Committee
Financial Development Committee

Branch Leadership

Our Chairs

Airport Area YMCA


Benbrook Community Center & Westside YMCAs


YMCA Camp Carter


Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA


Eastside YMCA


Hood County YMCA


Joshua Community YMCA


William M. McDonald YMCA


Northpark YMCA


Northwest YMCA


Ryan Family YMCA