YMCA hosts the 11th Annual Shamrock Shuffle

KEARNEY, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Kearney Family YMCA hosted its annual Shamrock Shuffle, with proceeds from the event going to Compass and CASA on Saturday morning.

The annual Shamrock Shuffle involved multiple races with proceeds from the event going to Compass and CASA. A full grant of $7,500 has been awarded to help each organization complete the task for their volunteers and people who serve the organization.

“Just because of all the work they do in the community to help children in need, and one of our committee members actually adopted a child they raised through Compass,” said Laura Aden of the Kearney Family YMCA. “So we came to life through that family’s experience and it was amazing.”

Aden said the funds also help with other services these organizations need. Additionally, the Shamrock Shuffle gets people active, involved, and brings the community together. Although sometimes mother nature can change things.

“Per CASA helps them train their volunteers who can be those judicial attorneys,” Aden said. “For Compass, for example, some of the funds will go to help their foster families have a night out the right way and take time out that day.”

“We’ve always had very good voter turnout in the past,” said Aden. “Everyone loves the Irish theme and always comes dressed up and ready to go. This year quite a few people didn’t show up even though they had registered, but that was to be expected. It’s 14 degrees right now, so it’s cold.

Aden said that cold temperatures definitely played a part when it came to the number of attendees this year.

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