Winston Lake’s Got Talent

By Todd Luck

Winston Lake Friends Association recently held its second annual Senior Royale Revue talent show at the Enterprise Center to raise funds for the group, which supports the Winston Lake YMCA. Tickets sold out for the ’70s-themed event, which featured performances of songs like “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker and the All Stars, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” by the Temptations, and of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise.”

Winston Lake Friends President Mary Hargraves frequents the Winston Lake Y three times a week and describes those who go there as a close knit “family” who looks out for each other.

Winston Lake Friends started about a year and half ago to help bring members of that “family” together and help out the ones in need. This included creating an album with names and photos of members there, raising money for youth, providing Halloween candy, helping sick members and “adopting” people there who are in financial need by giving them personal items and coats.

“We just make them feel at home and part of the family,” Hargraves said.

The group helps with the Winston Lake Y’s annual fundraising drive that starts in December. It’s also looking to help people outside of the Y by sending money and supplies to hurricane-ravaged parts of Texas.

Hargraves said it’s important to preserve the long-running historically black Y branch. “It’s the history and it’s important for us to keep our history,” she said.

Friends of Winston Lake holds its meetings at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Winston Lake Y. New members are welcome to join the group. For more information, call 336-724-9205

Todd Luck is a reporter at The Chronicle. This story first appeared in the Chronicle and is reprinted by permission.


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