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Grand Prairie—The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas presented its 2021 Bill Botts Award to Suzana Delgado-Gray, district executive at the Grand Prairie Family YMCA for excellence in fundraising. The annual award is one of the Y’s most prestigious and is named after the late Bill Botts, a former executive who dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the national organization. 

“I want to thank the YMCA for this prestigious honor,” Delgado-Gray said. “Throughout my career with the YMCA, my focus has been on sharing the mission of the Y and continuing to grow opportunities and expand relationships to advance the Y’s cause driven mission. I’m excited to continue that work in the Grand Prairie community and in the greater North Texas area.”

Delgado-Gray was instrumental in expanding the Y’s footprint through community engagement across seven counties and providing consistent support for families and youth. In her role as District Executive for the Grand Prairie Family YMCA, she has implemented new fundraising strategies that have grown community giving in the number of donors, doubling Chairman Round Table Level gifts from the previous year, and maintaining a 92 percent collection rate, resulting in increased donor participation and average donor gift. 

“The YMCA is a charitable organization and each year we raise money to serve families in need in the various communities we serve across North Texas.” Curt Hazelbaker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, said. “Suzana has truly made a difference and she is passionate about serving the Grand Prairie community. Last year alone the Annual Campaign made it possible for 60,413 kids to gain confidence through team sports at the Y; 316,343 members to be part of a healthy, connected, and secure environment; and for anyone to use YMCA wellness resources regardless of their ability to pay. Suzana, and everyone supporting the annual campaign, makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

The Y provides financial assistance to individuals and families for membership and programs, provides scholarships to high school and college students, helps families with community health initiatives and more. In 2021, the Y raised $4.2 Million dollars that helps adults, families, youth and seniors across North Texas.

Delgado-Gray leads program initiatives that transcend collaborations locally and nationally. Her efforts have been recognized in the past, with the Grand Prairie YMCA receiving the Business of the Year and Chairman’s Award for 2020, presented by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

SOURCE YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas