On Saturday morning, Jan. 4, the Wilton Family YMCA branch of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA celebrated the official opening of its newly renovated facility, inviting in supporters and donors to commemorate the completion of construction. Wilton Y officials hosted a breakfast and ribbon cutting to show off the changes, which include a new lobby, new fitness areas in a second floor addition, new childcare space, new locker rooms and more.

Fundraising for the project started almost five years ago, and has been dubbed the Wilton Family YMCA‘s “Building New Stories Capital Campaign,” a play on words that officials said referred not only to the addition of a brand new second story to the building but also to the anecdotes of how the YMCA has played a pivotal part in the lives of members of the community. With $6.6 million raised so far–what fundraising co-chair Sean Carroll said was the largest amount raised in Wilton ever–the effort will give back to the community for a long time to come.

That’s what Riverbrook CEO Bob McDowell referenced in his remarks to the crowed that packed the lobby Saturday morning.

“It is an investment in this community, not just in the Y, but in this community, in people’s lives. And again, it’s generational. It is generational. I very much thank each and every one of you–this is means a lot to this community and we should be very, very proud to tell others what’s going on here,” he said, also noting, “The YMCA is the center of our community.”

The event drew younger residents and longtime community members, as well as public officials, including U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, State Senator Will Haskell, State Representative Gail Lavielle and Wilton selectwoman Deb McFadden, to help cut the ribbon.

The fundraising effort is still ongoing, with the final public phase targeted to hit the $7.5 million mark. To learn more about contributing, visit the Wilton YMCA website.