Father’s Day: A Century of Celebrating Dedication and Love 

Last updated: June 11, 2024, at 8:14 a.m. PT

Originally published: June 11, 2024, at 8:14 a.m. PT

Father's Day 2024


By Loria Yeadon, President and CEO 

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and dad figures in our Y family. Thank you for all you do to keep our families and our community healthy and strong.  

Did you know that Father’s Day started at the Y? More than 110 years ago, a young woman raised by her single father wanted to celebrate fatherhood. The first Father’s Day celebration was held at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. In honor of this heritage, we are highlighting voices among our YMCA staff who want to celebrate fatherhood.  

Support to Learn and Grow 

“My own father raised my sister and I on his own, and I have him to thank for being who I am. He taught us how to solve conflicts, make amends, understand our emotions, and how to not take life too seriously. He gave us constant opportunities to learn and grow through nature, family, and even in hardship. He wasn't perfect, but I wouldn't change a thing. Now being an adult, I get to support him where he struggles - it is so empowering to be able to give back what I've learned to the person who set me up for success in life!” 

Jodi, BH Master's Level Intern, YMCA Social Impact Center 

Showing Genuine Appreciation 

“Father's Day for my blended family means a time that my kids’ father is truly seen for all the background and side work that he does all year round and doesn't always get a ‘thank you’ or ‘we appreciate you.’ Most commonly, mothers receive all the great gifts on Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day is a second thought. We have made it a point in our family to uplift the fathers we know and not just buy last-minute gifts or senseless things they don’t and won’t use but to really give something that they can take for a lifetime truly seeing them for all they have to endure.” 

Amanda, Association Support Center Lead Navigator, YMCA of Greater Seattle 

Remembering through Song 

This Father's Day, I am sharing something deeply personal with all of you - a song and music video that reminds me of my dad and my wish to be able to dance with him one more time. As you watch this video, I hope you will reflect on your fond memories with your dad and seize the opportunity on this special day to create new ones with the important fathers and father figures in your lives. 

Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father


Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross >

From our Y family to yours, we wish you all the love and joy your hearts can hold on this Father’s Day.  

In community & gratitude,  

Loria Yeadon  
President & CEO  
YMCA of Greater Seattle 


Category: Community Holidays