On February 28, the Summit Area YMCA welcomed its Board of Trustees, Branch Advisory Committees, staff, and campaign volunteers to the 2017 Annual Campaign Kick-Off Event. This year’s goal is to raise $554,000 to provide financial assistance so that the Y’s doors are open to all regardless of financial circumstance. The evening included speeches from members of the Summit Area YMCA whose lives have been enriched through subsidized programs offered at the YMCA.
Kevin Hill, the Campaign Chair and loyal volunteer, welcomed guests and presented President & CEO Paul Kieltyka with a generous $10,000 donation from the Central Presbyterian Church in Summit. Laurie Liming, a member of the Berkeley Heights YMCA, shared how LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA – a free 12-week small group recovery program for adult cancer survivors – has supported her and her two sons through her battle against Stage 3C breast cancer: “I was met with understanding smiles, tissues for my tears, and gentle encouragement. I was reminded to believe that I could accomplish my physical goals. I will once again run a 5K, just not today… The LIVESTRONG program has given me back my life. I am unable to put into words how grateful I am for that gift.”
Tara Moriello, a high school junior shared how she has grown since she has been enrolled in The Achievers Program, a free program that motivates and encourages young adults by giving them the support, direction, and opportunities to pursue their personal, academic, and professional goals: “I have learned more than I could have ever expected from this program. Being a member of Achievers has helped me to gain so much information about college planning, setting career goals, and getting involved.”
Michelle Pallonetti, The Preschool Program Director at The Learning Circle YMCA (TLC), shared a testimony from Angela Grant, a current parent at TLC: “I am forever thankful for the financial assistance that I receive which allows my daughter to attend TLC while I am at work. I truly feel that the staff at TLC is amazing, from the Toddler classes to the Preschool. TLC is a nurturing environment for all ages… and I can honestly say that I have found the perfect place for my daughter.”
The Annual Campaign will run from March 1 to April 14. The Y has already received over $210,000 in commitments, $79,500 of which was contributed by Y staff.
To see more photos from the Annual Campaign Kick-Off Event, visit our Facebook Photo Gallery here.
The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501(c)(3) organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.