The Edmond Sun

June 2, 2014

Wine tasting event raises awareness about Y’s international programs

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City will present its eighth annual international wine taste event, A Taste Of Culture, at Café do Brazil on Sunday. The event helps raise funds to support the Y’s international partnerships with YMCAs in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; the Czech Republic; Valparaiso, Chile; the Mexican Federation of Ys; and the Sioux Indians.

Guests will dine on various appetizers and desserts from local restaurants and sample a variety of wines from around the world.  A silent auction also will take place, with many items donated from local businesses. Among the auction items featured are autographed framed pictures of Kevin Durant, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Robert Griffin III, George Clooney, Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Aniston.

Ys in the U.S. help young people develop cultural competencies; diverse populations connect to the community, and individuals around the world gain access to life-changing resources and support. As an interconnected global network, the Y has the resources and solutions to build bridges and help make communities stronger, both at home and abroad.

“At the Y, one of our primary focus areas is social responsibility and as such, we want to provide support to our neighbors, both here and abroad,” said Kelly Kay, vice president and chief operating officer at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. “The Y serves more than 45 million youth and families worldwide, and we want to do our part to help build great futures.”

“ for all who come in contact with the Y.”

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City’s international partnerships began in 1994, with programs being established in Brazil and Mexico, later expanding to include programs in Chile and the Czech Republic.

Currently, there are five students from Brazil in Oklahoma City, learning about American culture and leadership at the Y as international camp counselors. The students arrived in Oklahoma on May 24 and will be in Oklahoma through the end of August. During their stay, they will spend time at Earlywine Park, North Side, Mitch Park and Chickasha YMCAs. On June 23, students will travel to YMCA Camp Classen in the Arbuckle’s to experience the Ys resident camp.