YMCA of San Joaquin County

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More than a century ago, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers.

Dodd, who was the daughter of single father and civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, held her father in great esteem. When Dodd heard a sermon about the newly recognized Mother’s Day, she wondered why there wasn’t a holiday for fathers, as well.

After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Washington, Dodd’s idea came to fruition when the first Father's Day celebration took place at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.


2024 Details

Brookside Country Club

August 21, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Keynote Speaker:

Dave Smart

Head Coach

University of the Pacific
Men's Basketball Program

Y Dads Matter 2023

Join us in celebrating fathers in the YMCA and recognizing 

fathers and adult male role models' impact on children’s lives!

Take it a step further and become a sponsor of this event!

Jessie Massey
For more information or special accommodations, please contact me.
Jessie MasseyMarketing & Communications Manager[email protected]

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YMCA of San Joaquin County

2105 W. March Lane, Suite 1
Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 472-9622
Fax: (209) 472-9525
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