Dorothy A. “Dottie” Shuford Trust provides YMCA with $1.3 Million Donation


Conover, N.C. – The YMCA of Catawba Valley announced this week that a gift of $1.3 million has been received from the Dorothy A. “Dottie” Shuford Trust. 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, which comes at a pivotal time in our history,” said Darrell Johnson, YMCA Chief Volunteer Office. “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 supported, renovated and entrusted by the community for their community. Our Y is no different.”

The YMCA Board of Directors has approved a recommendation to create a named endowment fund in honor of Dottie Shuford and will designate a portion of funds to the current capital campaign to benefit the Adrian L Shuford, Jr. YMCA. We hope the larger community can step up to match the commitment shown by the Shuford family. Dottie Shuford was the daughter of the late Adrian Lafayette Shuford Jr. and Dorothy Ciley Shuford. Adrian L. Shuford Jr spearheaded the founding of what is today the YMCA of Catawba Valley. Adrian gave the property that is the site of the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. YMCA Conover branch, established the endowment fund and was the first president of the YMCA. Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. was quoted on May 15, 1968, ”We are never limited from anything we really want…I want to see an active YMCA here in my lifetime. We need to leave a heritage to the young…”

In January, the YMCA announced plans to modernize and expand the YMCA of Catawba Valley’s building portfolio. This expansion will not only allow the YMCA to serve more individuals, but also innovate and collaborate with more community agencies by creating a modern program space at both locations that will be a focal point for the community as a whole. In order to continue our impactful work for generations to come, it is important to create buildings that are open and engaging with health, wellness and community venues that the community is expecting. The renovated YMCA will address facility needs and will position us to respond to future community challenges and opportunities. In order to make the changes necessary to the YMCA, we are seeking to

fulfill our $8.6 million dollar need through securing philanthropic support, endowment gifts, debt financing, partnership collaborations, asset reallocation and public grants. This gift helps lift the total raised to $4,057,047.

For more information, visit or call Dianna Cloninger 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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