Shelly Dixon and her late husband Jim Dixon were selected as honorary community chairs for the Lompoc Family YMCA’s 2018 Annual Campaign.
Through the annual campaign, which kicked off on Feb. 15, the Lompoc YMCA aims to raise $95,000 that will go toward scholarships to allow youth, families and seniors in need access to the Lompoc YMCA’s programs. The honorary chair position is meant to represent “the essence of the Y and the commitment to the service of our community,” according to a Channel Islands YMCA spokesperson.
Shelly Dixon accepted the honor for both her and her husband, who died last year from esophageal cancer.
“I am overwhelmed and so grateful for the opportunity to keep Jim’s memory alive in the perfect way,” Shelly said.
Jim Dixon supported the Channel Islands YMCA Association ever since he initially became involved with the Lompoc board in 1999. He focused on facilities, grounds and board development. In 2008, he served on the Channel Islands YMCA Association board of directors.
In 2011, Sal Cisneros, CEO of the Channel Islands Association, asked Jim to serve as the project manager for the initial phase of the Lompoc Family YMCA’s capital renovation. The renovation became a $350,000 project that expanded the cardio room, created a spin room and added new office space to the Lompoc facility.
“Jim loved the Y,” said Stephanie Saucedo, interim branch manager for the Lompoc Family YMCA. “He believed in the mission and worked to support that mission for many years. He was a man who was committed to ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’”
Shelly Dixon has been a supporter of Y Camp.
One year, she took a week off from work to be a volunteer camp counselor. She rode the bus with more than 80 campers to Y Camp in King’s Canyon, where she was in charge of a cabin that included 10 girl campers.
“We laughed, we cried, we played, we sang, we talked,” Shelly said of her experience at the camp, “and I was so touched by these girls. And I hope I helped make a difference, so they left knowing how special they were.”
Every dollar raised during the capital campaign stays in Lompoc, according to YMCA officials. Among the programs that can be accessed by the scholarship recipients are wellness and healthy living offerings, summer day camp, after-school enrichment, senior fitness and the LIVESTRONG cancer survivor program, among others.
Over the last eight years, the Lompoc Family YMCA has granted more than $750,000 in scholarships for the Lompoc community, the organization reported.
“The Y mission has always been in the hearts of the Dixons, and their family,” Saucedo said. “The Dixons love that the Y and programs such as summer camp and after-school care benefit the children, youth and community of Lompoc.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the annual campaign, including in memory of Jim Dixon, is encouraged by the YMCA to visit www.ciymca.org/lompoc/give and choose the Lompoc Family YMCA branch.
For more information about the annual campaign, contact Stephanie Saucedo at 736-3483 or at email@example.com.