Armed Services YMCA Receives $100,000 Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation for Operation Hero Program

Press Release | Dec. 2, 2010

Washington, D.C. – The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) was honored today for their role in supporting American service members and their families, receiving a grant of $100,000 from Newman’s Own Foundation for the organization’s Operation Hero program.

One of ASYMCA’s keystone programs, Operation Hero aids children of military families from six to 12 years of age who are experiencing temporary difficulty in school, both socially and academically. Often these difficulties are caused by frequent moves and family disruption due to deployments. Operation Hero facilitates a positive environment, encourages responsible behavior, and gets children back on track in school, both academically and socially.

“This generous grant will allow us to continue and expand the services we offer through our Operation Hero program,” said ASYMCA National Executive Director Frank Gallo, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). “Newman’s Own Foundation’s commitment to our military families will serve as an incredible asset in the 150th anniversary year of the ASYMCA, and we’re delighted to have the support of a truly remarkable organization.”

Newman’s Own Foundation recently crossed the milestone of giving more than $300 million to charitable organizations around the world.  One of the ways that the Foundation is celebrating this milestone is by creating a special funding initiative to support organizations that help our nation’s armed service members and their families, including the Armed Services YMCA and Operation Hero.

“While the Foundation is committed to supporting many organizations, during this period in our nation’s history, we feel it is especially important to support those organizations like the ASYMCA that serve military personnel and their families, in a way which hopefully will draw the attention of others to step forward and express their gratitude to all who have and do serve,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation.

The ASYMCA was recognized by Newman’s Own Foundation at its “Tribute to Those Who Serve” event last night at the Library of Congress. In attendance to recognize the service and sacrifice that our troops and their families make for our country were Rep. John Larson (D-CT) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) – two of the evening’s Honorary Co-Chairs – as well as Special Guest Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen.  For more information about Operation Hero or other ASYMCA programs that support military families, visit

ABOUT ASYMCA: Celebrating 150 Years of Service to America’s Military

The YMCA’s dedication to America’s armed forces began in 1861 when a handful of members voluntarily provided relief services to Civil War soldiers. Today, the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) enriches the quality of life for our service members at more than 150 program centers around the world by providing educational, recreational, social and religious support services to junior enlisted military personnel and their families.


The ASYMCA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, recently earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fourth consecutive year and is a top-rated charity according to the American Institute of Philanthropy. An affiliate of the YMCA of the USA, ASYMCA is headquartered in Alexandria, Va. For more information, visit


Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation donates all net royalties and profits it receives from the sale of Newman’s Own products to charity. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation together have given over $300 million to thousands of charities around the world.  To learn more, visit