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Jennifer Hoffer
Communications Assistant

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Take It From a 93-Year-Old Yogi: Stretch, Hold and Laugh

Ronnie Arond, 93, began taking yoga classes 40 years ago at the Cross Island Y.M.C.A. in Queens, where she was teaching synchronized swimming. She began teaching yoga using an approach “made up of all things I borrowed from other teachers.” She taught both at home and at the Y.M.C.A., where she has a sizable following, even after taking time off to recover from a broken hip after a fall last year. Read more…

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Gary LaermerGary Laermer
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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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