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Theresa Drew, responds to the surprise gift to the YMCA of $18 million from MacKenzie Scott

May 2021

Theresa Drew, as board chair of YMCA of Greater Charlotte, responded to the surprise gift of $18 million from MacKenzie Scott, the philanthropist ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. With the gift, the Y will be able to move forward with the Y's health equity initiatives to address issues surrounding access in underserved communities. Plans include increasing access to healthy food and nutrition education, empowering families and individuals to eat healthy, increasing access to care and mental health services, and expanding chronic disease prevention services.  "I'm encouraged by Ms. Scott's call for continued support for the organizations she's chosen. We have a tremendous amount of important work ahead, and we cannot do it alone," Theresa said in the Y's announcement. Click here to read more.