In 1910, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd celebrated the first Father’s Day
as we know it in conjunction with the YMCA of Spokane. Tuesday evening, the
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas continued this tradition, and honored 23 area men
as YMCA Fathers of the Year. McKinney’s own City Councilman Ray Ricchi was
one of the fathers honored.
Ricchi, nominated in a letter by his oldest son Michael, along with daughter
Heather, and youngest son Kyle, accepted the honor at the event held at Malibu
SpeedZone. Nominees and their families enjoyed dinner together prior to the
award ceremony where each father was presented with an engraved glass
Michael Ricchi’s winning entry was selected based on the essay he wrote as
to why his father deserved to be recognized as a YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Father of the Year.
“My dad is always there for me through thick and thin…if I become anything like
my father, I would consider my life to be a success. He gives back, is loved, and
has made the world a better place,” said Michael Ricchi’s winning entry.
“There were so many inspirational essays, but Michael’s stood tall among
the applications as a wonderful reflection of his father, family, and his father’s
influence in their lives, “ said Venieca Kusek, Director of Special Events/Projects,
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.
“What an honor,“ said Councilman Ricchi, “ but I am most honored that my son
thinks so highly of me. That is what is most important to me.”