The annual “Strong Y” celebration of the Seymour YMCA has been postponed.

Originally set for March 21, then postponed to April 4, event organizers said Monday that the Strong Y fundraiser now has been postponed indefinitely amidst the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re probably looking at a date this fall,” explained Terry Penner, one of the event’s organizers since its inception 12 years ago.

Penner said she has been in contact with Chad Watson, CEO of the Ozarks Family YMCA, which includes branches in Cabool, Mountain Grove, Seymour and Willow Springs, as well as Guy Gerard, branch director of the Seymour YMCA.

“Under the current circumstances, there’s no way we can hold (the event) on April 4,” Penner said. “Looking ahead, the realistic outlook is for us to hold the Strong Y auction and dinner in the fall.”

Seymour’s YMCA relies financially on the Strong Y for annual funding for at-risk, underprivileged youths who are given scholarships for memberships.

Without the Strong Y assistance, a heavier financial burden is placed on the YMCA to ensure that no child in the community is denied a membership because of an inability to pay for it, which has been the case since the YMCA came to Seymour two decades ago.

Once a new date officially is set for the Strong Y auction and dinner, YMCA officials immediately will announce it to the public and to those who have purchased tickets.

“We will hold (the Strong Y event),” Penner concluded. “It’s just a matter of when we’ll be able to hold a safe event for the community.”

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