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Armed Services YMCA El Paso celebrates 100th anniversary with charity golf tournament

EL PASO, Texas -- For 100 years, the Armed Services YMCA El Paso has provided help to military families for their health and well-being. It's the oldest continuously serving military service organization in the country. And the ASYMCA El Paso is holding a charity golf tournament next month.

ASYMCA El Paso has over 32 programs in 4 facilities focused on the areas of family enrichment, youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. They support Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range, and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

The organization offers military members child care and education at their Child Development Center, a no-cost thrift store and food pantry at the Junior Enlisted Family Center, reduced room rates for military members at the Lodge, and a host of programs for children and parents such as Operation Little Learners and Operation Hero. ASYMCA El Paso also supports military families through the holidays with Operation Holiday Joy, which provides food for struggling military families for Thanksgiving and shoes and toys for the children of military families for Christmas. They also bring military families together over the holidays through Operation Ride Home.

A majority of the organization's funding comes through foundations and corporate donations, along with individual donations and fundraising events, like next month's 5th annual charity golf tournament. They also secure funding through government grants through the Child Development Center and fund the Lodge program through the revenue it generates from rent.

The 5th Annual Golf Tournament is Saturday, May 15 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Underwood Golf Course at Fort Bliss. You can register your team for the 4-person scramble or make a donation by going to http://www.asymca.org/elp or call 915-263-7164, extension 102.

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Mark Ross

Mark Ross is an anchor/producer for ABC-7.

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