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Revelers kicked up their heels at YMCA’s Dine ‘N Dance at Hilton

Nicotra's Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn provided the perfect backdrop for the YMCA's Dine 'N Dance event March 13, where more than 250 revelers partied heartily for the age old organization whose mission is to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Proceeds from the evening will help support local children and families by providing them with free youth memberships and scholarship funds for YMCA programs such a summer day camp. Read more…

Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics 2015

Recently, the Staten Island Senior Olympics was renamed to the Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics in honor of the events founder, Beatrice Victor. She gave some advice to participants for the upcoming game. She advises to start prepping for the October 11 - 16, 2015 games now! "If you have been eating too much and letting those muscles grow soft, it's time to get going now. Use your senior centers, the parks, the JCC and the YMCA to get your bodies in condition and learn [if you don't already know how] to play the games." Read more…

Fighting a war on two fronts

Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service,spoke to the Staten Island Advance on the issue of insurance and addiction. She said, "It's left up to the provider and the client to prove the need for this level of treatment. Sometimes it is a fail-first model, where you have to fail outpatient visits before you can be approved for inpatient.: Read more…

Husband and wife both diagnosed with cancer learn to ‘Livestong at the YMCA’

After Gerard and Maureen Herr found were both diagnosed with cancer, they found support in the Livestrong at the YMCA. The three-month program for cancer patients and survivors provides a personal trainer to show people the ropes in the gym and shift the focus from fighting cancer to regaining strength and confidence and improving their well-being. People need not be a YMCA member to join. A grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation helps the YMCA provide it at no cost to as many people as possible. Read more…

Shake off winter blues: ‘Kick up your heels’ for the Staten Island YMCA

The Staten Island YMCA, a leading borough non-profit dedicated to helping families learn, grow and thrive, will host its annual Dine 'N Dance event on Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Nicotra's Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. This year, the event will honor local community leaders with names like Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer and commentator and founder of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation; Joanne Cook, a longtime YMCA volunteer and vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Brian Laline, a deep rooted YMCA volunteer and executive editor of the Staten Island Advance. Read more…

Staten Island YMCA elects 5 new members to its Board of Managers

The Staten Island YMCA welcomed five new members to its Board of Managers in 2015. The new members are: Frank Aversa, managing partner at Aversa Bros Industrial Contracting Inc.; John R. Birstler, associate broker at Century 21 Papp Realty, and owner of independent real estate and commercial consulting practice JR Birstler and Associates; Joseph Marchese, president of Financial Planning Concepts ; Eileen Merkent, first vice president/Commercial Lending team leader for Northfield Bank; and John R. Merlino Jr., a partner at Merlino & Gonzalez law firm. Read more…

Staten Island YMCA launches annual campaign to fund community programs

The Staten Island YMCA launched its 2015 Annual Campaign on Wednesday at the South Shore facility in Eltingville. The yearly community fund-raising effort supports programming and services in youth development, activities for seniors, healthy living and social responsibility. The Staten Island YMCA serves 60,000 Staten Islanders -- including 30,000 children. Donations to the Staten Island YMCA have a direct impact on Island residents and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Read more…

Chinatown Y offers free Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday

Coming up Sunday, Feb. 22, Chinatown will come alive with this year’s edition of the Lunar New Year Parade. But if you’d like to get an early start in celebrating the Year of the Ram, the Chinatown Y has a free event coming up this Saturday. There will be a lion dance, tea tastings, lantern making and other crafts for kids. The party takes place from noon-4 p.m. at the YMCA’s Lower East Side facility, 273 Bowery. Lunch will be at 12:30 (first come, first served). Read more…