$1 Million Gift Renames Childcare Center to Marion Mann Roberts
Early Childhood Learning Center
Marion Mann Roberts, a long time friend of the Y and generous donor for many
years to our annual Give a Kid the Y campaign, passed
away in 2003. The Y was fortunate to be named in her will as a recipient of a $1
In the Fall of 2007 a dedication ceremony was held and the center was renamed in
her memory to honor Marion's wish to provide scholarships for less fortunate
children.The interest from this gift will be used each year to fund
approximately 29 scholarships for childcare and camp – truly a meaningful legacy
for the Y and for those it will help.
Marion supported the Y’s mission throughout the years not only with her time and
spirit as a trustee, but also as a friend to all. She always made it a point to
ask about the children in the center and was delighted when she received
personal correspondence from the kids she helped. Sometimes she would come and
relax in the Y lobby and just happily observe the activities. She would get a
kick out of hearing the kids' conversations and watching them come and go.
An ardent horsewoman, Marion enjoyed introducing the Girl Scouts of Rockaway
Valley Troop No. 8 to the pleasures of horsemanship. She was equally at home
delivering lambs at her farm, or flying a small plane, as she was in visiting
the museums around the world.