September 2013 – November 2015

Sep 1 Sun
Operation Holiday Joy with Woman’s Day Magazine
Sep 1 – Dec 31 all-day
Operation Holiday Joy with Woman's Day Magazine

Pick up the November 2013 Woman’s Day issue to see how you can help!


Since 2004 the Armed Services YMCA has been blessed to partner with the readers of Woman’s Day Magazine to raise much needed funds to support military families during the Holidays.

The generosity and unwavering support shown from Woman’s Day readership has allowed the ASYMCA to purchase and distribute over 1600 pallets of toys (over 320,000 toys) as well as deliver over 25,000 baskets of food at Thanksgiving and Christmas to junior enlisted families in need.  In addition, to maximize the number of families served, the non-profit Armed Services YMCA donates all the staff time and overhead associated with running Operation Holiday Joy.

These young heroes and their families are voluntarily serving and sacrificing daily so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and way of life.   The generosity shown from Woman’s Day readership demonstrates an appreciation for the sacrifices required of these dedicated defenders of our country. We look forward to making military life easier in 2013. Stay tuned to see how you can help.

Total Amount Raised to Date by Woman’s Day Readers Since 2004:


Over 9,000 Individual Donors

Nov 1 Fri
November is Military Family Month
Nov 1 – Nov 30 all-day
November is Military Family Month

Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since.  In 2009, President Barack Obama in a proclamation called on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation during Military Family Month.  Each November, the Armed Services YMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment the families of military personnel. With hundreds of thousands of service members deployed overseas, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by military families has never been more important.

Each year during Military Family Month, The Armed Services YMCA also announces the guidelines and opens entries to the Annual Student Art & Essay Contest.  Stay tuned for Contest Rules, events, discounts and tips on how you can help recognize Military Families during Military Family Month.

May 22 Thu
Combat Fishing Tournament @ The Combat Fishing Tournament
May 22 – May 23 all-day

AK The Combat Fishing Tournament was established to give thanks to our brave young men and women of the United States Armed Services who served our nation with honor and courage in theaters of war by taking them deep sea fishing. In just a few short years the ASCFT has garnered huge success and notoriety and is now considered the largest military appreciation fishing tournament in the United States.

Registration for this event is currently closed.

Nov 4 Wed
The Armed Services YMCA’s Angels of the Battlefield Gala @ Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Armed Services YMCA's Angels of the Battlefield Gala @ Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The 9th Annual Angels of the Battlefield will honor medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen who administer life-saving medical treatment and trauma care on the battlefield. These Angels of the Battlefield are compassionate men and women who risk everything and are often the reason why so many of our nation’s heroes wounded in battle have made it home to their families and communities. Angels is the only event which recognizes the frontline actions of military medical personnel.

The ASYMCA works with the military Services to select a medic, corpsmen, and pararescuemen from each. The honorees receive awards on behalf of their fellow medical professionals for their dedication and commitment to the mission.

Historically, this unique event brings together approximately 300 leaders from entertainment, government, military and private sector to recognize the dedication and bravery of our medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen.

The ASYMCA is proud to have honored over 450 to date.

This year’s gala will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC from 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.

For more information, please contact Jenny Tran at (703)714-2377 or or Marcy Chang at 240-305-4086 or

For sponsorship information, please contact Jonsie Stone, or 703-455-3986 ext. 112.

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