Letter: YMCA officials thank the community

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To the editor:

What a night. Once again the Southington community came out to overwhelmingly support the YMCA’s annual Forever in Blue Jeans event. We are thrilled to report that Forever in Blue Jeans raised over $70,000.

What we like best about this event is that 100 percent of our proceeds go right back into the community. Coupled with our annual campaign and other special events like our Sloper Polar Plunge, we raised in excess of $300,000 during 2016 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.

Big time thanks to our community development team and our Forever Blue Jeans committee under the leadership of Monica Napolitano for “dotting the i’s and crossing all the t’s” in providing a very festive atmosphere. “Light up the Night” was a fun and popular theme.

We also thank U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Miss Connecticut Alyssa Taglia for joining us and supporting our efforts.

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: Air Temp, Calvanese Foundation, Cox Communication, Cybex, ESPN, Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, LLP , MW Financial Group, Ltd, Network Interiors, Serra & DelVecchio, Sign Pro,  Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & DeNigris, Smith Brothers, and TD Bank.

Thanks as well to the over 100 individuals and local businesses that donated and contributed to our live and silent auctions. Of course, it always helps to have the terrific venue of the Aqua Turf who continues to provide us with outstanding service for our Forever in Blue Jeans.

Mark your calendars now. Forever in Blue Jeans will be back on Nov. 11, 2017. Speaking of dates, plans are being made for our fun and unique Sloper Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m., at YMCA Camp Sloper

YMCA executive director John Myers and board president Joe Eddy

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