Anyone who has seen my sculpted body (well, sculpted like a manatee) probably thinks I employ a personal trainer or spend hours upon hours at the local gym each week.
Truth is, I'm a proud member of the YMCA, and have been for many years. (I know … I should use my membership more often.)
In Central Kentucky, the YMCA and horse industry have been closely associated with one another for years. If it were not for people like Keeneland's retired chairman James E. Bassett III, who led very successful fund-raising efforts, two wonderful YMCA facilities on Lexington's north and south sides might not exist today.
Another stalwart of the YMCA of Central Kentucky was the late William T. Young, and it is gratifying to see his family continuing his legacy of support for this and many other worthy organizations in the community.
Young, of course, bred Storm Cat, a son of Storm Bird out of the Secretariat mare Terlingua. Storm Cat came within a nose of winning the 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But it was in the breeding shed at Young's Overbrook Farm, where Storm Cat made his mark as an enormous and lasting influence at stud.
Now 30 years old and enjoying his days as a pensioner, Storm Cat is still making an impact – and not just in Thoroughbred bloodlines. The grand old man of Overbrook is the centerpiece of this year's online fundraiser at the High Street YMCA in downtown Lexington. The money Storm Cat is certain to help raise will make a lasting influence on the lives of the young men and women the YMCA supports through its policy that “no one is ever turned away at the Y!”
If you've ever wanted to visit Overbrook and personally meet Storm Cat, please bid now. If you want a framed Storm Cat print by Richard Stone Reeves that is also signed by William T. Young, please bid now. If you want a Storm Cat halter, please bid now.
There are many other fantastic items provided by individuals and businesses in the horse industry, including four tickets to the Preakness, a behind the scenes tour and box for six at Keeneland; special tours of Three Chimneys, Claiborne Farm, and Adena Springs, along with halters worn by WinStar Farm's Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and 2012 3-year-old star Bodemeister; Gainesway Farm's leading sire Tapit; Lane's End stallions A.P. Indy, The Factor, and Smart Strike; and Ashford Stud's Giant's Causeway and Uncle Mo.
Thanks to all of these businesses for their commitment and contributions to the quality of life of Central Kentucky.
The online auction closes Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. EST.
For those in Lexington, there is also a silent auction in the lobby of the High Street YMCA (239 High Street) running through Monday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. EST.
The auction is part of the YMCA of Central Kentucky's annual campaign to raise the funds necessary to allow the Y to offer financial assistance, ensuring that no one is turned away from Y memberships, programs or services due to inability to pay. In 2012, the Y awarded over $1.3 million in financial assistance while serving over 65,000 Central Kentuckians via membership and programs designed to strengthen the foundations of the community.
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