September 18, 2008

Mt. Diablo Region YMCA Names Judith Parker As Vice President of Financial Development

PLEASANT HILL, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA announced today it has named Judith Parker as Vice President of Financial Development. Ms. Parker's addition comes as the YMCA nears completion of its capital campaign that will allow for the charity to add two new branch facilities in the Alamo and Oakley communities and remodel the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA in Pleasant Hill. Ms. Parker's long-standing relationships in the community, strong expertise in donor cultivation and planned giving, along with her proven ability to develop major gifting opportunities provides the YMCA with an important resource as it secures the final million dollars of a $9.1 million campaign. In her new role at the YMCA, Parker will support the successful completion of this capital campaign and build programs for planned giving and corporate grants.

"Judith is a welcome addition to the management team as we enter the home stretch of our capital campaign. Her proven track record of generating needed funding for charitable organizations is very important to ensure we can afford the substantial infrastructure expansion and the subsequent maintenance of these new facilities," said Michael F. Erwin, President and CEO of the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA. "We are now $1 million away from our goal to fund the infrastructure expansion, which we believe is critical to the burgeoning communities within Contra Costa County. Judith will play a key role in helping us reach our goal."

Parker has dedicated nearly a decade to managing fundraising campaigns and major donor programs that support impressive charitable organizations including the California Symphony and The Wellness Community. Since 2000, Parker has demonstrably increased charitable revenue comprising both corporate sponsorships as well as individual gifting. Prior to joining the YMCA, Parker held the position of Development Director of the California Symphony where she increased revenue by 18 percent over three years and expanded corporate sponsorship by 30 percent. Before joining the Symphony, Parker was Director of Development for The Wellness Community and Vice President of Development for the Center for Leadership Excellence. In each of these roles, she posted double-digit improvements in revenue and donor activity.

Infrastructure Expansion Supports Growing Contra Costa County Communities

The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA plans two new facilities in Alamo (on which they have already broken ground for the bridge required for the new facility) and in Oakley. Additionally the YMCA will remodel the Irvin Deutscher YMCA in Pleasant Hill with state-of-the-art equipment and a sports court. The new facilities will follow "green" guidelines and support growing needs of the Danville / San Ramon and Discovery Bay regions. Features of these new facilities include: a community center, a health and wellness center, a Cyber Cafe, meeting rooms, an indoor warm-water therapeutic pool, an outdoor lap pool, a family splash zone, aerobics/cardiovascular and strength-training facility, cutting-edge health and fitness center, aquatics center, multi-generational technology center and community gathering place, a demonstration/nutritional teaching kitchen, a special needs playground, and on-site child care.

The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA currently supports more than 40,000 members of the community and with these new facilities, this number will likely double over the next decade.

About the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA has served the greater Contra Costa County area for 50 years. With four branches (Concord/Clayton YMCA in Clayton, the Delta Family YMCA in Oakley, the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA in Pleasant Hill, and the San Ramon Valley YMCA in Alamo), 23 school-age child-care sites at local elementary schools, and four preschools, the organization is continuing to grow and expand its network to meet the ever-changing needs of the local community. The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA provides program services for more than 40,000 members of the community, from toddlers to seniors. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through programs that strengthen spirit, mind and body. Financial assistance is available to all individuals who demonstrate proven need. For more information, visit

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