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Ellen Murphy
Vice President of Communications

Jennifer Hoffer
Communications Assistant

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Join the Prospect Park Y & New Americans Welcome Center for Giving Tuesday on November 29th

The New Americans Welcome Center serve as multilingual information resource and referral center, and provide immigrant families with a wide array of instructional, vocational, recreational, family support, and social services. Instructional services include English as a Second Language, Cultural Orientation, Citizenship Preparation, Job Readiness, and Computer Literacy. This Giving Tuesday, take part in the global movement and help us give New Americans in our community the opportunity to build a new life in America. Read more…

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Our Experts

Our experts are media trained and ready to contribute to your story or speak at your event. From bullying to break dancing to diabetes prevention to development to depression to drug addiction, the Y experts bureau is made up of thought leaders in New York City. Watch brief interviews with each of our experts to see how they shine on camera. Contact Ellen Murphy at or 212-630-9699 to connect with a Y expert today.

Gary LaermerGary Laermer
Senior Vice President &
Chief Development Officer

Gary is responsible for all philanthropic and charitable giving programs for the Y and was recently highlighted in Chronicle of Philanthropy, highlighting his work with donor stewardship and effective campaign management.
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Lori Rose BensonLori Rose Benson
Vice President,
Healthy Lifestyles

Lori oversees all aspects of the Y's Healthy Lifestyles and Membership initiatives. In this role, she works to ensures the Y supports a broad range of fitness options and operate within and above Association standards.
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Location Availability

  • Rentals - With 24 locations throughout the five boroughs, the Y has a myriad of community event spaces for birthday parties, special events, and meetings. Please contact your local Y to understand availability.
  • Media Requests - Members of the media are welcome at the Y for broadcast and print shoots dependent upon the content of the piece and the potential disruption to members. All requests should be sent to Jennifer Hoffer at