Downtown YMCA Receives Surprise Gift for Earthquake Relief

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from YMCA of Greater Seattle

    SEATTLE, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m., the
 management team of Equilon, Equiva and Puget Sound Refinery will tour the
 Downtown Seattle YMCA and present a check for $30,000 to assist with
 earthquake relief.  The news of this gift was a welcome surprise to the Board
 and staff of the Downtown YMCA as the cost of earthquake repairs continues to
 mount.
     Fortunately, prior to the earthquake, the Downtown YMCA had just completed
 a full renovation and seismic upgrade to the 1930 building located at
 909 Fourth Avenue.  The building, however, did suffer damage to two chimneys
 and some non-structural cracks in several areas of the facility.  In an effort
 to support the Seattle community following the earthquake, the companies of
 Equilon, Equiva and Puget Sound Refinery decided to make a donation to help
 the Downtown Seattle YMCA manage unanticipated costs related to repairs.
     "We became aware of needs of the YMCA through State Representative
 Edward Murray," says Corporate Affairs Manager, Cameron Smyth.  "We have
 numerous facilities in the Seattle area and are well aware of the damage the
 YMCA suffered as a result of the February 28th earthquake.  The YMCA plays a
 vital role in the lives of young people and it is imperative they do not miss
 a beat in serving the community.  We at Equilon, Equiva and Puget Sound
 Refinery realize that being a part of a community requires giving back, and we
 cannot think of a more worthy organization than the YMCA."
     Larry Hall, Executive Director of the Downtown YMCA, shared, "During the
 repairs, the Downtown YMCA has striven to continue with business as usual.
 With an alternative school which students attend daily, twenty homeless teens
 living in studio apartments on the third floor and hundreds of adults and
 families receiving support services throughout the building, the YMCA has been
 able to keep these important programs going without interruption.  We owe a
 great deal of thanks to our volunteers and generous supporters who have made
 this possible."
     Equilon and Equiva Services are a part of an alliance formed between Shell
 and Texaco in 1998.  Puget Sound Refinery, a 145,000 barrels a day refinery
 located in Anacortes, is also a part of the Alliance.
     The Downtown Seattle YMCA is located at 909 Fourth Avenue.  For
 information, contact Julie Sistrunk at 206-382-5061
 
 

SOURCE YMCA of Greater Seattle
    SEATTLE, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m., the
 management team of Equilon, Equiva and Puget Sound Refinery will tour the
 Downtown Seattle YMCA and present a check for $30,000 to assist with
 earthquake relief.  The news of this gift was a welcome surprise to the Board
 and staff of the Downtown YMCA as the cost of earthquake repairs continues to
 mount.
     Fortunately, prior to the earthquake, the Downtown YMCA had just completed
 a full renovation and seismic upgrade to the 1930 building located at
 909 Fourth Avenue.  The building, however, did suffer damage to two chimneys
 and some non-structural cracks in several areas of the facility.  In an effort
 to support the Seattle community following the earthquake, the companies of
 Equilon, Equiva and Puget Sound Refinery decided to make a donation to help
 the Downtown Seattle YMCA manage unanticipated costs related to repairs.
     "We became aware of needs of the YMCA through State Representative
 Edward Murray," says Corporate Affairs Manager, Cameron Smyth.  "We have
 numerous facilities in the Seattle area and are well aware of the damage the
 YMCA suffered as a result of the February 28th earthquake.  The YMCA plays a
 vital role in the lives of young people and it is imperative they do not miss
 a beat in serving the community.  We at Equilon, Equiva and Puget Sound
 Refinery realize that being a part of a community requires giving back, and we
 cannot think of a more worthy organization than the YMCA."
     Larry Hall, Executive Director of the Downtown YMCA, shared, "During the
 repairs, the Downtown YMCA has striven to continue with business as usual.
 With an alternative school which students attend daily, twenty homeless teens
 living in studio apartments on the third floor and hundreds of adults and
 families receiving support services throughout the building, the YMCA has been
 able to keep these important programs going without interruption.  We owe a
 great deal of thanks to our volunteers and generous supporters who have made
 this possible."
     Equilon and Equiva Services are a part of an alliance formed between Shell
 and Texaco in 1998.  Puget Sound Refinery, a 145,000 barrels a day refinery
 located in Anacortes, is also a part of the Alliance.
     The Downtown Seattle YMCA is located at 909 Fourth Avenue.  For
 information, contact Julie Sistrunk at 206-382-5061
 
 SOURCE  YMCA of Greater Seattle