Cruise for a Cause - 5th Annual

Our 5th Annual Cruise for a Cause was a HUGE success!

The Cross Island YMCA hosted its 5TH Cruise for a Cause, a Annual Campaign fundraiser on Saturday, June 3rd.  This event was attended by about 250 YMCA members, program participants and staff.  Families enjoyed a variety of family friendly entertainment, games and variety of live music for dancing, plus New York’s world-renowned skyline and a view of the Statue of Liberty.  The event was a four-hour lunch family cruise around Manhattan. 

View photos from our 2017 Cruise here! 

All proceeds benefited the Annual Campaign. The title sponsor of the event was Answer Vending, a longtime supporter, also donated food that was proved to all those that attended.  Additional key supporters was New York Community Bank. Journal Sponsors: MDS Photo, Skyline Cruise Lines, Laffey Realty, Exit Kingdom Reality, New Al-Habib Halal Meat, Cross Island Realty One, Inc., Merit Sign and Display Service, Excel Urgent Care and New York Life.  There was also community support of the event with swag bag items donated by New York Community Bank, Excel Urgent Care, and Affinity Health Plan, and volunteers on hand from New York Community Bank and Kohl’s.  The event was led by Jamé Krauter, Director of Communications and Fund Development, at the Cross Island YMCA with the help of volunteers and staff members from the Cross Island Y.  This was a truly collaborative event that the Cross Island YMCA is looking forward to continuing in the years ahead.  All parents and kids left with smiles on their faces! 

Take a look at our journal here.

The Annual Campaign funds donated from individuals in Queens go back to support Queens. No one is ever turned away. Our preschool and afterschool programs, our health and fitness programs, our aquatic programs, our programs for children and seniors— all of them are free for the people who need them most.  Campaign leadership is made up of a group of outstanding YMCA volunteers from throughout Queens. This year, David Weisman of NYC Health + Hospitals / Queens, and Gareth Robinson Principal of Institute for Health Professions are co-chairs of the Cross Island Y Annual Campaign and are working with the volunteers and staff of Cross Island Y to meet its Annual Campaign goal of raising $274,000.   “The Y is a fixture in Queens and a beacon of hope to many. The Annual Campaign helps provide families and kids in our community with the support they need to overcome adversity and to thrive” said David Weisman.  “Please join us as we work together and support one another to make our home stronger.”

“With the Annual Campaign, we want more people to understand that we are more than where to go to exercise or swim – and that we rely on their financial support to do our vital work.” Dana Feinberg, Executive Director of the Cross Island Y.

To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause or more upcoming family friendly events, please contact Jamé Krauter, Director of Communications and Fund Development at 718-551-9314 or email, or visit for more information. To watch stories of teens impacted by the Y visit


Here are photos from our 4th Annual Cruise in 2016.