Al Shuford III Trust provides YMCA with $1.1 Million Donation


Conover, N.C. – The YMCA of Catawba Valley announced this week that a gift of $1.1 million has been received from the Al Shuford III Trust. This gift was established by his father Adrian L Shuford Jr in memory of his children, to serve the YMCA and the surrounding community.

This meaningful gift was prayerfully considered by all of our volunteers, YMCA staff members and key individuals who we seek guidance from. “We are extremely grateful for this generous gift from the Shuford estate,” said Darrell Johnson, YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer. “Many of us have made meaningful decisions about how we ensure our values. I hope we all follow this example because the YMCA remains a pillar for continued support to our Annual, Capital and Legacy Initiatives. It is my hope that our community members want to join our efforts and learn how they can make a contribution, no matter how large or small. YMCA’s are renovated, supported and entrusted by the community for the community. Our Y is no different.”

The YMCA Board of Directors has approved a recommendation to create a named endowment fund in honor of Al Shuford III and will designate a portion of funds to the current capital campaign. We hope the larger community can step up to match the commitment shown by the Shuford family.

Please reach out to Gerry Knox, the Fund Development Director of the YMCA if you are interested in contributing to support to our Annual, Capital and Endowment Initiatives. Gerry can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling 828-324-9622.


The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y engages over 21,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

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