Every Thanksgiving for the past 34 years, thousands of runners have gathered in Bethesda to run the Turkey Chase in support of the YMCA's Youth and Family Services, YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club Foundation. And, each year the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the BCC Rotary Foundation, through the Turkey Chase, make it possible through financial assistance and local grants for thousands of children financial assistance and local grants for thousands of children and families in community, who live at or below the Federal Poverty Level, to attend Y programs and receive services from local non-profits that keep them safe, engaged and valued. We are asking participants to celebrate this year with an additional gift of $35 for 35 years.
Our mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, and physical development of families and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all. We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That's why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.