THE 39TH ANNUAL MORITZ FORT WORTH YMCA TURKEY TROT IS GOING VIRTUAL
DALLAS and FORT WORTH, TX (October 12, 2020) – Due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth announced today both the 2020 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot and Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot will be virtual events only, for the health and safety of participants across North Texas. Families and individuals will be able to participate in this Thanksgiving Day tradition from their neighborhood or wherever they may be across the country on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Those who pre-registered for the in-person Turkey Trot races in Dallas or Fort Worth will be automatically transferred to a virtual registration. Participants will still receive an official 2020 Turkey Trot long-sleeved t-shirt at select YMCA branches or Luke’s Locker locations in Dallas and Fort Worth respectively in November or have it mailed directly to their home. Learn more at www.thetrot.org and www.fwtrot.org.
Founded in 1967, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day events normally held in downtown Dallas.
“The health and wellness of all our participants is at the core of the YMCA’s mission and the safety of those who participate in the Turkey Trot is our top priority. That’s why after ongoing discussions with local health authorities, we came to the conclusion that the safest way to conduct the Turkey Trot this year would be for people to participate at home, rather than gathering together in Downtown Dallas, even with the added safety measures we planned for the event,” said Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “We hope the families that participate every year decide to run or walk the race together at home to keep the tradition going. We look forward to being together in-person at next year’s race.”
Since 1981, new generations of families have turned out to experience the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot.
“As the health and safety of our members, participants, staff and community is of utmost importance, and to support the guidelines set forth by our public health leaders, our 39th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot will be a virtual race in 2020. We encourage you to continue the tradition in Fort Worth by participating with us virtually and support the YMCA,” said Tony Shuman, President/CEO YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
Proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will benefit the organization’s COVID-19 relief support for children and families and the preschool program at Park South Family YMCA. Proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot go to essential community programs and scholarships for families in need. Your participation in The Trot, and donations to the YMCA, help ensure we will always be ready to meet the needs of North Texas communities.
To sign up for the Fort Worth YMCA Virtual Turkey Trot, registration is $35 through November 25th. The first 1,000 registrations will receive a commemorative face covering. Virtual registration for dogs is $10. Register or learn more at www.fwtrot.org.
LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AT A TIME WHEN COMPASSION IS MOST NECESSARY DURING A PANDEMIC
DALLAS (Aug 26, 2020) – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 marks Women’s Equality Day, which is the date that commemorates women gaining the right to vote in America (1920). For the first time in its history, there are two female Board Chairs leading both the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth at the same time. Jill Magnuson serves as Board Chair/Chief Volunteer Officer in Dallas and Julie Wilson serves as Board Chair/Chief Volunteer Officer in Fort Worth.
Jill Magnuson was asked what Women’s Equality Day means to her, “This 100th Anniversary is not just reflecting on that historic moment, but about dedicating myself to the work I do through the YMCA to be about equality for all. It is a moment that we must look forward to be engaged in change, while honoring our past.”
Both Jill and Julie are only the second women Board Chairs to serve in their respective organizations. Gray Mayes was the first woman Board Chair for the Dallas Y and Cindy Milrany served as the first woman Board Chair for the Fort Worth Y.
“The Y is continually evolving to help families meet new challenges in a new way of life.” says Julie Wilson. “Arguably, women are generally the primary caregivers in most families. I love that the leader of the Dallas Y, Jill Magnuson, is so collaborative. We can not only talk together as Board Chairs, but as women, as working women, as mothers, and in my case as a grandmother, and help other women face today’s realities and challenges.”
Jill Magnuson serves as Director of External Affairs of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a world-renowned museum in the Dallas Arts District and Julie Wilson is President and CEO of The Reasons Group, a consultancy in Fort Worth specializing in marketing strategies and conflict management.
Jill Magnuson reflects that she is honored to serve and be surrounded by extraordinary volunteers on the Board. When asked about the timing, “I don’t know if it was fate or not, but I will say that I think it was meant to be.” Speaking on the challenging times of a global pandemic and continuing health crisis in North Texas, “I think our female leadership roles comes at a time where compassion is most necessary.”
Both YMCAs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and both volunteer boards, executive leadership and staff are rallying to continue to serve the growing needs of the community in new ways. All YMCA branches in North Texas were closed for several months during the beginning of the pandemic. During that time, staff, volunteers, donors and partners helped serve the community through food distribution, blood drives, grab-n-go meals, household essentials and childcare.
“Obviously, we had to close our facilities for a short period of time. We had to pivot how we keep up with our mission, keep serving the community while we couldn’t have people come into the Y,” Julie explains. “We’ve got members, staff, the board, volunteers, donors and the community at large, and they all need to know that the Y is still in business delivering on its mission in helping support our community.”
Please visit www.ymcadfw.org to learn more about these two dynamic leaders and how both the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth support the community.
YMCA FORT WORTH CEO TONY SHUMAN RETIRING AT THE END OF 2020
Fort Worth, Texas – Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 — After 41 years of service with the YMCA, and 18 years of local leadership, Tony Shuman, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, is retiring at the end of 2020.
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Tony’s leadership in the Greater Fort Worth area for nearly 20 years,” Julie H. Wilson, board chair, commented. “We can point with pride to the many achievements our area Y’s have accomplished during his tenure.”
Some of the Y’s top initiatives and achievements under Shuman’s leadership include the following:
- Raised over $20 million in capital support to fund the new William M. McDonald YMCA, to renovate the historic Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown branch and make improvements at YMCA Camp Carter.
- Increased the number of Y members from 25,000 to over 50,000.
- Doubled the total number of people served to over 160,000 in 2019.
- Grew the association’s annual budget from $14 million to over $25 million.
- Introduced chronic disease prevention programs such as YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Enhance Fitness Arthritis Management, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention, Exert Brain Health, and Y Weight Loss.
- Introduced new programs to address critical community issues such as Y Feeds Kids and Safety Around Water.
- Launched the Open Doors program to make YMCA memberships and programs available to more people (2018).
- Added five new YMCA locations and made major improvements and renovations to five other locations in the association, including YMCA Camp Carter.
- Supported the strategy that led to tripling the value of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Endowment Fund.
Facility developments by the Y include:
- Northpark YMCA in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2008)
- Hood County YMCA in collaboration with Hood County Commissioners and Hospital District (2006)
- Joshua Community YMCA in collaboration with the City of Joshua (2013)
- YMCA Sports Complex in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2013)
- William M. McDonald YMCA in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2018)
- Westside YMCA, in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth, transformed into the LVT Rise Community Center (2019)
Shuman began his 41-year YMCA career at the San Diego YMCA as a camp counselor and program director. From there, he moved back to his hometown in Orange County, CA, to run his first branch as an Executive Director for four years. Moving to Dallas in 1993, Tony spent 10 years as a Vice President of Operations with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas before moving to Fort Worth as our chief executive in July of 2002.
Since May 22nd, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth began a phased reopening after closures due to COVID-19.
Tony has been actively engaged in our local communities, serving in various roles including Renaissance Heights United board and Tarrant County Response Team, Downtown Fort Worth Inc. board, and Chair of the Council of United Way Executives. He has a close relationship with fellow North Texas Y CEOs, Curt Hazelbaker of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Eric Tucker, Arlington Mansfield Area YMCA, where the Y’s have collaborated to serve communities even better.
Tony’s leadership at the state and national level will be sorely missed. He chaired the Texas YMCA State Alliance Board and the YMCA Employee Benefits Management Committee; and is currently on the board of the YMCA Employees Assistance Fund.
The YMCA’s volunteers, staff, donors, Fort Worth and Tarrant County community will miss Shuman’s leadership. The Y’s Board of Directors has begun the process of identifying a successor that is innovative and mission-driven, undertaking a nationwide search with an emphasis on reaching a diverse candidate pool.