Most West Tuscaloosa residents have created fond memories at the Barnes YMCA, and those who aren't from West Tuscaloosa still recognize the center's significance to the area. That's why efforts are being made to keep the YMCA running adequately.

A fundraiser banquet has been planned for Sunday, Sept. 11, in the James "Coach" Cunningham Gymnasium at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA. According to an email from the Barnes YMCA, the event (which begins at 6 p.m.) will have a primary goal of providing scholarships for nearly 600 youth who participate in the children's programs. Tuscaloosa City Council District 7 representative Sonya McKinstry will be the speaker.

Attire for the banquet is business dress, and tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Barnes YMCA (2939 18th St; Tuscaloosa, AL 35401). More information is available by calling (205) 759-4284.