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Happy Birthday! Rockaway YMCA reaches milestone

The Rockaway YMCA will officially be one year old on February 18, 2015. The location served 23,000 people in its first year and employed 125 staff. Membership Director Erik Raney said of the location, “It’s really cool to see people from both ends of the community come in. It was kind of the idea behind putting it in the middle of the peninsula.” 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…

Where camaraderie never gets old

The McBurney YMCA is home to a spirited game of pickup basketball every Tuesday and Thursday, a tradition for some participants since 1979. The average age of the players is 79, but that does not stop them from playing physical. But players say they do their best to play through any pain because once they stop — well, it might be tough to start back up again. Every possession presents challenges. The players wear random T-shirts and jerseys, so it can be difficult to distinguish teammates from opponents. Harris described such episodes as “senior moments.” 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…

What good would you do with $4.5 million?

Recently, the YMCA of Greater New York's SVP and Chief Development Officer Gary Laermer was asked, "Which would you choose between the amazing opportunity of a coveted :30 Super Bowl television spot or a check for $4.5 million dollars?" He responded, "I believe the best gifts are those that are most meaningful to the donor. Being 'donor-centric,' understanding what the donor wants to support and how they would like to support their charities is key. As a Chief Development Officer, I prefer the gifts that make the donor feel best and allow them to maximize their giving and future giving." Read more…