Centennial Celebration

Our Hollywood Wilshire YMCA just turned 100 years old – and to celebrate we held the “First Annual Run to the Hollywood Sign” event on June 1, 2014.  Over 450 people joined our historic celebration by walking or running select private trails that led to the Hollywood Sign, making this a very special event.  An added bonus is that participants raised $65,000 in support of Hollywood Wilshire YMCA’s programs for children, teens, families and seniors.  Check out the race results and fun photos from the day here.

The Hollywood Wilshire YMCA’s ground breaking ceremony took place in 1923 on the corner of Selma and Hudson Streets (now Schrader Blvd).  Among the distinguished attendees was General Secretary Harry F. Henderson who voiced the hope that the Y would become the rallying place for the boyhood of Hollywood, “in whose hands is the future of this community.”

Since then, the Y has become an integral part of the Hollywood area for men, women and children of all ages.  Offering numerous fitness programs and exercise equipment, the 84,000 square feet facility houses a boxing room, basketball court, indoor gym, 20-yard pool, sauna, steam room, four racquetball courts and much more.

Over the past 100 years, the Hollywood Wilshire Y has also continuously offered its “A Brighter Future Program” which provides homeless single women and mothers a safe place to stay while they receive tools needed to help them obtain and maintain permanent housing.  Such aide includes case management, a job-readiness and life skills workshop, and services to meet every participant’s physical and mental health needs.

To learn more about the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, please visit www.ymcala.org/hollywood