Press Release | July 13, 2009

Armed Services YMCA Receives 2009 Best of Alexandria Award

Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military personnel and their families, has been selected for the 2009 Best of Alexandria Award in the Social Service Center category, sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Association.

Each year, The Best of Alexandria Award Program honors outstanding organizations throughout the country that make a positive contribution to their local communities. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The Best of Alexandria Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity, and the winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally and through third parties.

“The ASYMCA is proud to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Frank Gallo, ASYMCA national executive director, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). “Since the Civil War, we have been committed to improving the quality of life of our troops and their families back home. We work hard everyday to make a positive impact by making the lives of military families easier and happier.”

ASYMCA provides critical programs such as childcare, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, computer training classes, health and wellness services, and holiday meals, among many others. In 2008 alone, nearly 11,000 individuals nationwide volunteered their time to ASYMCA, serving approximately 400,000 military family members.

“As a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to do our work, we pride ourselves in being fiscally responsible and utilizing each dollar to do the most good. We recognize that during these tough economic times, donations need to have a high impact. We value the trust given to us by our generous contributors and make sure that the money goes a long way in helping military families,” continued Gallo.

ASYMCA has received an A- rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for two consecutive years. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that ASYMCA excels, as compared to other charities in America, in allocating and growing finances in the most fiscally responsible way possible. Individuals who wish to make a donation to the ASYMCA may do so at