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FOOTHILLS AREA YMCA 125th Anniversary

May 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On May 14th, 2019 the FOOTHILLS AREA YMCA invites you to celebrate our 125th Anniversary with an event held at Holtzendorff Hall on Clemson University’s Campus. The event will be from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM and will commemorate the history of the FOOTHILLS AREA YMCA and the future going forward with the construction of the new facility. Join us for drinks, hors d’ oeuvres, and a historic celebration to remember!

In 1916, when Holtzendorff Hall was completed, it became home to the YMCA. The building is named after Preston B. Holtzendorff, Jr. (known as “Mr. Holtzy”) who served as assistant secretary and general secretary of the “Y”. The construction of the building was funded by John D. Rockefeller and other generous community members. Holtzendorff Hall was designed by Rudolph E. Lee, an 1896 graduate and Dean of Agriculture at Clemson University. The new YMCA building was equipped with a literary society room, auditorium, moving picture booth, bathrooms, swimming pool, bowling alley, fountain and store, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, publication rooms, cabinet room, and other interesting features. Today the building contains a classroom and offices and is primarily used by the College of Engineering and Science.

In the 1970s the YMCA moved many of its programs to the Y Barn that was located at Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center, also known as Y Beach. Y Beach held events such as dances, camps, barbeques, and other community events. The barn is no longer on campus but will remain in the memories of those who worked and played there for a lifetime.

Moving forward with the future of the FOOTHILLS AREA YMCA, we are excited about the construction of the brand new 33,000 square foot facility. The Cottingham Campus was a vision that arose in the ’80s and is now a reality thanks to a passionate team and strong partners who worked effortlessly to fulfill this dream. When the project opens at the beginning of 2020, the community will benefit from an expansion of fitness and sports programs offered for youth, seniors, and families, childcare services, swim lessons, water fitness, and swim teams. This project will open 50 employment opportunities for full time and part time positions at the new facility.

If you plan to join us for the celebration of this milestone for the FOOTHILLS AREA YMCA, please RSVP to Melissa Dempsey at [email protected]. For more information, visit foothillsymca.net/125_years.



May 14, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Holtzendorff Hall
198 Old Greenville Hwy.
Clemson, SC 29631
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