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OKC area YMCA begins campaign with photos' unveiling

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City will debut a photography project Jan. 17 as the organization's annual fundraising campaign begins. The photographs tell the story of how the Y affects people's lives, the nonprofit's development director said.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: January 7, 2011

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City will kick off its annual campaign this month with the unveiling of three new portraits shot by an internationally acclaimed photographer.

The portraits illustrate how the Y is about more than aerobics classes or lap time in the pool, Development Director Damon King said.

The photos are of three Y members who have benefited from the nonprofit organization in many ways, King said.

One is of a family whose father was deployed to Iraq. Another is of a girl with disabilities who blossomed in Y summer camps. The third is of a woman who overcame a debilitating car crash by reaching out.

The photos are taken by Yousef Khanfar, a photographer whose art has been displayed around the world.

He lives in Edmond.

The photos will be unveiled at a private reception Tuesday. The art will be permanently hung in eight YMCA locations: Bethany, Chickasha, Earlywine Park, Edmond, Edward L. Gaylord Downtown, Guthrie, Midwest City and North Side.

The photo unveiling kicks off the annual Community Support Campaign, which ends March 11. Y officials hope to raise $962,000, King said.

“People join the Y for many different reasons,” he said. “They and their stories are a testament to how they are changed. The Y is just fortunate to be a part of that.”

About the artist
Yousef Khanfar's photography has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Khanfar's work has appeared in magazines such as International Photo Art, Persimmon Hill, Photo Life and Outdoor Photographer. Khanfar was born and raised in Kuwait, where he developed a love of photography during a time of political turmoil. He has lived in the United States for 40 years. He is on the board of directors of the International Photography Hall of Fame, where his work is included in the permanent collection.


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