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Denver is getting a YMCA ~ Sally's Y

Denver is in the process of getting a YMCA! It is something that I have heard since they finished the Lincolnton YMCA several years ago; even with the rapid growth in the Denver area there wasn't an urgency until David and Jo Clark got involved.

On April 4, 2004, their only daughter Sally McKenzie Clark and her cousin Anna Grace Jordan were tragically killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. Both girls were only 19 at the time, with a lifetime of plans and dreams ahead of them.  

After Sally's death, her family and friends decided to create a lasting memorial in her honor. They wanted to not only remember her life, but they also wanted to celebrate what she loved. With Sally's love of God and passion for sports and the outdoors Sally's parents came up with the idea to build a YMCA in her name. Included will be a Chapel in Anna Grace Jordan's name. Jo Clark and other members of Grace's family have contributed the money for the memorial.



With this David and Jo Clark have donated about 50 acres off of Optimist Club Road at the new four-lane Highway 16; said to be worth around $1,000,000 for the proposed site. Along with this they are donating their share of the wrongful-death lawsuit settlement estimated at $283,000. YMCA supporters have already raised close to $6 million of the $7 million they need to raise before construction on the building can begin.

The next scheduled fundraiser for Sally's Y. Will be a dinner theater; the event is the play "Chicago" which will be presented by Grant Ewing and the Verdict Ridge Backyard Players.


The Dates: September 19 - 20, 2008

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Verdict Ridge, Denver, NC

Event Cost: TBD

Contact Info: (704) 489-6881 




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Teresa Harris is a Lake Norman Residential Real Estate Broker who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Lake Norman and surrounding counties. Please visit for your relocation and/or your local needs.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsTeresa Harris • July 08 2008 09:21PM


I read the title on this and got sooooooo confused!  Never knew there was another Denver :)

Posted by Mary Warren about 11 years ago

Yes, we are the Denver of the East. In fact I need to post a picture of our Denver of the East signs that is a the being and end of our town. Speaking of that we do have Dallas too a few miles down the way... Trust me you and a lot others get confused!

Thanks for the response Mary.

Take care! 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago

Hi Teresa from the Denver and Dallas of the East !! I live up the road in not so famous Hickory NC.. What a wonderful memorial for these 2 girls that were killed. It's a blessing to see the family try to turn around the tragedy to something good for others.. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging about 11 years ago

My Wife Melissa and I live on the Denver side of Huntersville.  It really touches my heart to hear about how Sally's Y is coming to be.  I know this is going to bless so many.  I plan to go to the Y and see what I can do to help.



Posted by Michael A. Teeter over 10 years ago