Letter: YMCA officials thanks Blue Jean supporters

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To the editor:

Our heartfelt thanks to the Southington community for helping to make the YMCA’s Forever in Blue Jeans event a huge success.  The annual fundraiser, which packs the Aqua Turf on the Friday before Thanksgiving, raised over $70,000 this year.

The best news is that 100 percent of our proceeds go right back in to the community. Coupled with our Annual Campaign and other special events like our Polar Plunge, we raised in excess of $260,000 in 2015 to support local residents of all ages with financial assistance needed child care, camp, programs and membership.

This goes to the core of our existence. Helping those who need a helping hand is one of our YMCA’s core competencies. Additionally, funds help fund our free YMCA in the Afternoon Outreach Program as well as many of our teen offerings.

Thanks to our community development team and our Forever in Blue Jeans Committee under the leadership of Donna Ayer for dotting the “I”s and crossing all the “T”s in providing a very festive atmosphere.  Our Americana theme was a huge hit, and we were proud to honor our greatest community heroes; our veterans and those currently serving.

What a thrill it was to have Attilio Betti join us.  Attilio, who is fondly known as “Mr. B” is 93 years old and proudly served in the army during World War II.

A shout out is in order for our generous sponsors who provided a foundation for our fundraising efforts and help validate our work in the community.  AE Design, Air Temp Mechanical Services, Calvanese Found-ation, Cox Communication, Cybex International, ESPN, MW Financial Group, Network Interiors, Serra & DelVecchio Insurance Group, Sheffy Mazzaccaro DePaolo DeNegris LLP, Sign Pro, Smith Brothers, and TD Bank.  Thanks as well to the Aqua Turf for providing us with outstanding service and the perfect venue for our Forever in Blue Jeans event.

Mark your calendars now. Forever in Blue Jeans will be back on Nov. 18, 2016.

Speaking of dates, plans are already being made for our fun and unique Polar Plunge on Jan. 16.

YMCA Exec. Dir. John Myers and YMCA Board President Joe Eddy

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