Fourteen years ago when Kara Dugan and her husband Mark Detgen joined the Madison Area YMCA, Kara said it was for one reason: “To get buff for our wedding.”
Shortly after, they started their family and “didn’t see the inside of that gym for a long time,” said Kara—but they did take advantage of other Y programs for their two young sons such as the sports offerings and hip hop classes in The School of Performing Arts at the Family Center and child care, preschool and summer day camp at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center.
Brandon, now 13, and Colin, 11, are still involved with the Y—the Madison Junior School rising 8th grader and 6th grader continue to attend the Y’s summer camp program. Kara said, “When I asked the boys why they liked the Y, Brandon said, ‘The counselors. They really care.’ Colin said, ‘Everything.’”
As a guest speaker during the dinner reception at the Y’s recent annual charity golf outing, which raises money to help send kids to camp whose families can’t afford it, Kara said, “When I grew up, my mom was home during the summer—so camp meant ‘Go play outside and come home when the street lights come on.’
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