Delta Family YMCA is the beneficiary of a $5,000 donation from Outback Steakhouse of Pittsburg, which celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Monday.
"I am so excited that Outback could partner up with us," said Liz Marsh of Delta Family YMCA. "Because of them we have thousands of dollars to give to our kids. We are so grateful for the community and all who came out to support us."
All of the proceeds will go to the Strong Kids Campaign, a scholarship fund for children and families unable to pay for the programs offered at the facility. Last year, Delta YMCA provided approximately $75,000 in scholarships to local residents, according to program director Aida Lucha.
A crowd of officials from Antioch and Pittsburg, Outback staff, donation recipients and guests cheered when restaurant proprietor Santiago Soto cut the red band with oversized scissors.
"I feel like I need to be a part of the community," said Soto. "It is amazing to have both Antioch and Pittsburg Chambers here. It really says we are established communities. We are very excited to be here and eager to meet the rest of the community."
While the restaurant was being built, Soto made plans to share his success with an organization in the East County. Delta YMCA was just one of many groups Soto carefully interviewed, but it was the one he connected with and personally admired.
"Santiago really wanted to do something that impacted the greater good," said Lucha. "This will impact the whole community. I'm really excited."
Delta YMCA will be gearing up for more fund-raisers to help build a permanent facility. At the moment, all programs operate inside portables on a small portion of approximately six acres of land.
"This capital campaign will enable the YMCA to provide all of those in need with life-enriching activities in a safe and supportive environment," stated Mount Diablo Region YMCA in a press release. "The expanded facility will become a positive alternative that local youth and families are seeking - an inviting place for youth to congregate with peers, have wholesome fun and continue to develop under the guidance of caring adults.
"The YMCA will have ample, appropriate space to address current program needs as well as projected future expansion, and give the financial strength to grow and meet all of the childcare, youth development, recreational, and wellness needs of all area residents. The Delta branch hopes to break ground next year."
For more information about the center, call 625-9333.