George and Marty Hodges have been proud to call the York community their home for over 35 years. They chose to raise their family here and have been committed leaders in business, philanthropy and civic life, as well as mentors to many. York continues to be George and Marty’s home, and their daughter Liz recently returned to York to raise her young daughter Kathryn.
WHY THEY SUPPORT THE PROJECT
The Hodges first became acquainted with Keystone Kidspace during the Give Local York Campaign in 2018, and were eager to get involved when they were asked to co-chair the campaign. “I thought it sounded like an amazing and enriching program for both local children and the city at large,” Marty said. The Hodges were intrigued by the quality of the proposed programming that Keystone Kidspace will offer. George indicated, “We feel that the programming creates an opportunity for kids and families that is sorely needed in our community.”
The Hodges were also drawn to supporting Keystone Kidspace because of the enthusiasm its founders, Jess Brubaker and Jenn Tansey, have for creating a premier experiential learning center. “It’s so wonderful to see the next generation identify where the needs are in our community. These two young moms (one of which I babysat as a teen!) saw the white space, developed the concept, and brought it to fruition. I am thankful for the passion surrounding Keystone Kidspace,” Marty affirmed.
ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION IS CRUCIAL
Keystone Kidspace will be housed in the newly renovated York Armory, giving the former home of the National Guard a new life. Marty commented, “Having grown up in this town and watched the decline of that corridor of North York, it is so encouraging to see all of the redevelopment efforts happening. The Rail Trail, the baseball stadium, York Academy, and now Keystone Kidspace are testaments to the revitalization of our community.”
KEYSTONE KIDSPACE WILL SERVE THE NEXT GENERATION OF THEIR FAMILY – AND ALL FAMILIES IN YORK
While George and Marty are eager for the children of York and beyond to experience all that Keystone Kidspace will offer, they are also looking forward to taking their own grandchildren there to explore. “We have three grandchildren ranging in ages from 10 to 1. We are excited to have the opportunity to share this space with the two oldest on their visits to York. And we are thrilled the youngest will grow up with this as her community,” Marty remarked.
The Hodges are glad they chose to support Keystone Kidspace. “Keystone Kidspace is a great opportunity to make a substantial difference in our community,” George declared.