The Richardson YMCA is excited to announce the first Annual YMCA Mother/Son Social on Thursday, February 20th at Slate Event Venues in Richardson.  Come out from 5:30-8:30 PM for a night of fun to celebrate as we dance, eat and play the night away with the special little men in your life. The social will include a DJ, a buffet dinner, photobooth, balloon artist and other fun activities throughout the night. Tickets are $50 for a mother and son; additional child is $25. A professional photographer will be on site to take portraits for additional cost. Attire is casual dressy so dress however you like to impress the or superhero or sweetheart in your life.

Registration is open now for to all Mother’s with sons ages 4-12.  For more information or to register on-line go to or visit us at the Richardson YMCA located at 821 Custer Road.

Don’t miss this fun event as we create a night of memories and build strong relationships between mom and son!

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On October 17th Richardson High School kicks off the new season with a celebration. Join us from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm with Food Trucks and entertainment prior to the opening night of Henrik Ibsen and Arthur Miller’s ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. 

This evening’s celebration includes the unveiling of the rebrand of RHS Theatre, now The Theatre Collective at Richardson High School. At short ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm immediately followed by the opening night of ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.

Dr. Stockmann attempts to expose a water pollution scandal in his hometown, which is about to establish itself as a spa. When his brother, the mayor, conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story, Stockmann appeals to the public meeting—only to be shouted down and reviled as ‘an enemy of the people’. Ibsen’s explosive play reveals his distrust of politicians and the blindly held prejudices of the ‘solid majority’. ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE runs Thursday, October 17 to Monday, October 21st in the Blackbox at Richardson High School located at 1250 W. Beltline Road.  For more information on show times and tickets please visit

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Richardson High School Theatre is excited to present LEGALLY BLOND, THE MUSICAL.   Elle Woods appears to have it all, but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend, Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law.  Determined to get him back, Elle charms herself into the prestigious law school but struggles with peers, professors and her ex.  With the support of new friends, she finally realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world!

OMG- don't miss the fun!


Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm

Friday, February 1, 7:30pm 

Saturday, February 2, 7:30pm

Sunday, February 3, 2:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


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All performances are at the Richardson High School Auditorium located at 1250 Beltline Road, Richardson

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L to R: Scott Dunn, Mark Solomon, JD Odom, Marta Gómez Frey, Bob Dubey, Troy Ashby, Nick Echtenkamp

Since 1963, the Richardson Family YMCA has been listening and responding to our City’s most critical social needs, serving more than 13,000 children annually. Whether teaching lifesaving skills to children through swim lessons, developing leadership skills in teens, providing a safe place for children after school, or energizing healthier lifestyles for all, the Y has remained dedicated to empowering those in the community to be healthy, confident and connected.

The Richardson Y is proud to report that with the support of 405 donors, its 2018 Annual Campaign surpassed this year’s donation goal with contributions exceeding $107,000 to support the children and families in our community. Julius Odom, Owner of MIH Elite Consulting, led this year’s successful campaign as Chairman, with an additional 39 volunteers contributing their time and energy to driving the campaign’s success.

“The Y’s promise to the Richardson community is that no child, family or adult will ever be turned away. We recognize that for the community to succeed, everyone must be given an opportunity to not only participate but to grow and reach their full potential,” said Nick Echtenkamp, Executive Director of the Richardson Family YMCA.

At a Celebration Dinner at Ten50 BBQ in April, the YMCA leadership and volunteers recognized the outstanding work achieved during the campaign.  Joining in this celebration were City of Richardson City Council Members Mark Solomon, Scott Dunn, Marta Gomez Frey, and Bob Dubey.

Corporate donors generously giving at the Chairman’s Round Table level this year include:

$5,000 and up: Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Friends of Rob Foundation and N the Zone Photography                                                                                          

$2,000 to $5000: Rockwell Collins, and Trinity Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church

$1,000-2,000: Atmos Energy, Game On Uniforms, Pavillion Bank,  Bry-Jo Roofing & Remodeling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Efforts for the 2019 Annual Campaign are already in full swing with Troy Ashby, Recruiting Partner at Benchmark Search Group, assuming the role of Chairman. Adam Keller, Financial Advisor at Atlas Wealth Management, will take on Ashby’s prior role of Vice Chairman.

Information about the Richardson Y and how the Annual Campaign supports its ongoing programs can be found at

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Twenty Dallas-area high school seniors received a total of $43,000 in academic scholarships from the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation and its supporters at its 38th Annual College Scholarship Reception. These scholarships are renewable over four years for a total of $172,000.  Along with these scholars, the YMCA awarded an additional $119,000 to 71 continuing college students who re-qualified for prior scholarships based on academic achievement.

Funds for the scholarships are made possible through, the Carl B. and Florence E. King and the F.W. and Bessie A. Dye Foundations. These funds were given to the Dallas Y’s Foundation to provide post secondary scholarships for local youth subject to certain items and conditions. YMCA Scholarships along with the King and Dye Scholarships are distributed to students who demonstrate the desire to attend and complete college.  Scholarships are awarded based on motivation, achievement, and financial need. Also considered are high school grades, college entrance exam scores, and community involvement.   

 "Since 1981, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas has awarded nearly $4 million for educational scholarships to young adults from the Dallas and North Texas area and we are proud to again continue this tradition for the 38th consecutive year," said Curt Hazelbaker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “Students receiving scholarships must provide enrollment information, grades, and community service hours to renew the scholarship. These students deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, we believe with the Y’s support we can help ensure a brighter future for our youth.”

 Students awarded scholarships are as follows: 

  • Shaina Adelman, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
  • Kailee Callaghan, Highland Park High School
  • Ellie Chen, Liberty High School
  • Alexandra Coulson, Lake Highlands High School
  • Grace Doyle, The Greenhill School
  • Taylor Enslin, Sache High School
  • Anamarie Garcia, Seton Home Study Front Royal
  • Kaitlyn Garza, Rockwall High School
  • Cambria Henderson, Coppell High School
  • Jonathan Huynh, Rockwall High School
  • Bailee Jennings, Waxahachie High School 
  • Jackson Klein, Flower Mound High School
  • Sharrika Levingston, Waxahachie High School
  • Sharif Long, Duncanville High School
  • Cecille Lopez, Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Ruht Lovos, Jack E. Singley Academy
  • Daniela Martinez, TAG Law Magnet School
  • Mackenzie Meadows, Alcuin School
  • Precious Nguyen, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy
  • Lydia Reiff-Martin, Richardson High School


About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation

The first gift to the Endowment Fund was made by E.R. Brown, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors from 1919-1934.  The will of Mr. Brown established a Trust to pay the YMCA and his church $1,000 annually for maintenance, upkeep and operation.  In the intervening years, many gifts have been received from those with similar interests for the perpetuity of the mission and growth of the YMCA’s service to youth and families of the greater Dallas area.

In 1995 the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation was chartered as a Texas non-profit corporation to manage the investments and distribution of the endowment of the YMCA Foundation.  As of March 2018, the market value of the Endowment Fund assets is $25 million.

 A majority of the scholarships awarded to the students are from the F.W. & Bessie A. Dye Foundation Scholarship fund and the remaining scholarships are funded through community gifts and donated gifts to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation.

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in 21 North Texas communities, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.





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RHS Theatre presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY,  an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you..

 Performances:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday, February  1st 7:30pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Friday,  February 2nd 7:30  pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Saturday, February 3rd 7:30 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, February 4th at 2:00 pm

Tickets:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Reserved seating:  Adults $12, Seniors  $10, Students $10  Children $5

General Seating near stage:  Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $8

General Admission $5 for all

All performances are at the Richardson High School Auditorium located at 1250 Beltline Road, Richardson 75080.

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The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is pleased to announce Texas Bar Association has made a $10,000 grant to support the Dallas YMCA Youth & Government Program.  Youth & Govenments is a statewide, youth-led civic engagement program for high school and middle school students. The program focuses on the mechanics of the state legislative and judicial processes of government, along with print and broadcast media. The mission of the Youth and Government program within the YMCA is to help youth become responsible citizens and future leaders of our nation by creating an environment in which students can increase their political awareness and understanding, while learning the meaning of social action through mock experience in government.

Beginning in 1946, this program has used a variety of activities to build, encourage, and strengthen those life assets and character traits that will help youth become involved responsible adults who are decent and respected citizens. The core purpose of this highly regarded program is exemplified in the motto "Democracy must be learned by each generation in order for it to survive."

This past November, over 1,000 students from 69 schools and programs competed in at the YMCA District Conference in Duncanville, TX. The 2018 State Conference will be held in Austin, Texas. Funding from the Texas Bar Foundation will provide scholarship support to youth in the Greater Dallas area who could not otherwise afford state conference registration. 

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded approximately $18 million in grants to law-related programs.  Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

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Destination ImagiNation’s 2017-18 season has officially begun! Children are invited to start a team in Destination ImagiNation today and become a part of the world’s premier creativity, teamwork and problem-solving program. To date, Destination ImagiNation has engaged more than 3 million participants worldwide. From engineering to service learning to improvisation, this season’s new and unique Challenges are sure to stretch your imagination even further and take you on a journey of a lifetime—all while helping you learn and improve on your interpersonal and management skills, celebrate your creativity, persevere from imagination to innovation and, of course, have fun!

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is an innovative organization that teaches creativity, teamwork and problem-solving. In DI, student teams participate in Challenges, exercises that socially and intellectually activate students by prompting them to use creativity and teamwork to solve problems. DI Team Challenges fall into seven categories: technical and mechanical; science and theater arts; theater and fine arts; improvisation and theater arts; structural and architectural design; Rising Stars! for early learners; and projectOUTREACH, DI’s community service challenge.

On Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. the Dal-Rich Region, which serves RISD schools, will host a DI interest session. This meeting is an introduction to the DI program. The meeting will be held at the Richardson Professional Development Center (701 W. Belt Line Road. Richardson, TX 75080).

For more information regarding team registration deadlines, tournament dates and how to start a team, email or For more information on Destination ImagiNation® check out .


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and youth-serving organizations across the country will work this month to raise understanding about child sexual abuse, a topic that cries for more attention. The  YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas will sponsor Five Days of Action for Child Abuse Prevention from Mon., April 24 through Fri., April 28. This week the Y will share information and resources with the public about how to recognize, prevent, and report child sexual abuse. Community members are invited to participate in Five Days of Action events.

Statistics reveal that approximately one in ten children in the United States will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. Sadly, in more than ninety percent of reported cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts. Abuse happens to children of all ages, genders, races, faiths, and socioeconomic classes. Studies show that children who experience adverse childhood experiences like sexual abuse are more likely to adopt risky behaviors, develop serious health issues, underperform academically, and even die early.

While we are placing a special emphasis on this topic during the month of April, the protection of youth from abuse is our Y's top priority every single day of the year. That’s because keeping kids safe from abuse is essential to their healthy development. Studies show that children who experience adverse childhood experiences like sexual abuse are more likely to adopt risky behaviors like smoking and drug use, develop chronic health conditions such as depression and heart disease, underperform academically and die early.

Please stop by one of our facilities during the Five Days of Action from April 24-28, or visit our website at, for resources, training and opportunities to get involved.

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L to R Curt Hazelbaker, Marshall Sutton and Gordie Echtenkamp

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas honored 27 area volunteers at its 132nd Annual Meeting held April 13th at the Fairmont Hotel.  Volunteers were lauded for their continued dedication and generosity to the North Texas community.  YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas President Emeritus Gordon Echtenkamp and Curt Hazelbaker, CEO and President were the evening’s speakers.

 Two individuals received the organization’s prestigious Distinguished YMCA Leadership Award for consistent and extraordinary leadership in community service.

 The Theodore P. Beasley YMCA Distinguished Leadership Award was given to Bruce Leib for his dedication and services to the Dallas community. Folz has served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas YMCA for past 16 years and previously served 11 years on the Town North Y’s Board of Management.  Leib’s dedicated and distinguished leadership embodies the spirit of the Theodore P. Beasley Award. The Theodore P. Beasley Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service and leadership to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

 The Charles P. Storey Strong Communities Award was given to Marshall Sutton for his dedicated service to the Grand Prairie YMCA. Sutton’s volunteer service more than 40 years.  He has served as a board member, Annual Campaign chair, Major Gifts Chair and Leadership Development Chair for the Grand Prairie YMCA Board of Management.  Marshall’s ability to connect the YMCA and the Grand Prairie community over the last 40 years exemplifies the mission, purpose, and ideals of the YMCA. The Strong Communities Award is given to a YMCA volunteer who has been instrumental in creation and perpetuation of a local YMCA.

Twenty-one volunteers were recognized as the Volunteer of the Year in their community.  Honorees included: Camp Grady Spruce - Bill Hines, Collin County Adventure Camp – Jason Massingill, Coppell YMCA- Don Scott, Cross Timbers YMCA- Ash Carter, Frisco YMCA, Kelley Goebel, Grand Prairie YMCA – Richard Hart, Irving YMCA- Rick Nolly, JER Chilton YMCA – Bill Michalenko, Lake Highland YMCA – John Smiley, Lakewest YMCA – Marvin Jones, McKinney YMCA – Leah Doughit, Moody YMCA – Chris Crocker, Moorland YMCA- Jeanette Guiden, Oak Cliff YMCA- Keith and Kevin Harris, Park South YMCA – Terry Kittleson, Plano YMCA – David Dillard, Richardson YMCA – Jose Estrada, T. Boone Pickens YMCA – Neil Anderson, Town North YMCA- Brooke Villalba

Four teens were honored with the YMCA Youth Character Award who embody the YMCA core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring.  Honored were Athena Brusse, a freshman at Ursuline Academy, Christian Gialdor, a senior at Rockwall Heath High School, G’Colby Spivey, an 8th grader at Bishop Dunne and Nandita Vegesna, a junior at Imagine International Academy of North Texas.

 Sponsors for the evening were:

 $2,500 Silver Sponsor:  The Beck Group, Oncor Delivery and PricewaterhouseCooper

 $1,500 Red Sponsors: Ames Printing, Bank of America, Children’s Health, Ben E. Keith, Haynes and Boone LLP, McQueary Henry Bowles Troy LLP, and Texas Bank Financial