Fundraising on the Wilton Family YMCA‘s “Building New Stories Capital Campaign” was started almost five years ago, primarily through development efforts with large donors, to raise money for extensive renovations on the YMCA facility. In February, Riverbrook Regional YMCA CEO Robert McDowell said that they’d already raised $5.7 million towards a $7.5 million goal through that effort. Now Y officials are beginning the second phase of that fundraising and looking to the public at large to help get the project to completion.

They’re celebrating the launch of the Building New Stories Capital Public Phase by inviting the entire community to celebrate with a party on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 from 4-5 p.m. at the Y property (404 Danbury Rd.).

Simultaneously, the development team will also launch the organization’s Annual Campaign, a separate effort which goes to support the Y’s Financial Aid programs.

During the party, complimentary food trucks will be on site offering various treats, including Seaside Sliders serving a yummy pretzel bar with a choice of toppings, their signature tater tots and an ice cream bar; and the Frosty Bear dishing up delicious hot dogs and chips. The event will also feature strolling magician Steve Dane, who will amaze guests with various feats of magic. There will also be games and a short update on the progress of the renovations.

The fundraising that started five years ago was successful, with 100% participation from our board members and trustees, according to McDowell. That significant start allowed the renovation project to begin last February. The construction project has seen substantial progress over the last few months including work on the new modernized locker rooms, the addition of three new universal locker rooms, adding the frame for the second floor fitness center, expanding the lobby, and renovating the new location for the Kids Club babysitting room.

“We’re excited about the construction progress thus far and want to share our excitement with the community at large, members and non-members of our YMCA. We appreciate the outstanding work being completed by Turner and our sub-contractors,” McDowell added. “We can’t wait for the building to be completed in the fall of 2019, and we look forward to expanding our impact on strengthening the well-being and health of our community.”

Over the next few months, construction will continue with the new drop off zone, walking path from the bridge to the main entrance of the YMCA building and a new bubble, pool filtration and water heat exchanger, and moveable bulkhead for the 50-meter Melissa and Mark Nickel Memorial Pool.

The Y’s Annual Campaign raises funds that all go to support the Y’s Financial Aid Programs. “This ensures access for all and that no one is ever turned away,” says McDowell. “This critical annual effort is dedicated to strengthening our community. One in 10 children, adults and families enrolled in YMCA programs participate in our financial aid program. Our Annual Campaign dollars are at work every day, providing those who need it access to important programs that sustain healthy mind, bodies, and spirits.

No RSVP is required, the event is open and free to all community members.

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