March 18, 2014 at 6:55 AM
EAST HANOVER, NJ - In January the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges began its Annual Campaign fundraising campaign to help provide membership and program assistance to more than 5,000 children, families and seniors. The 2014 Annual Campaign celebrated a successful campaign exceeding its $950,000 public Annual Campaign goal by more than $30,000, on Wednesday, March 12, at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. The theme of the event was “Cause Driven, Race to the Finish,” a celebration of community, mission and impact.
Locally in Livingston, the West Essex YMCA raised $141,605 toward the Association’s goal.
The Annual Campaign raises funds for child care, community service opportunities, camp scholarships, membership, program assistance, and teen leadership development — ensuring everyone has an opportunity to benefit from YMCA programs, regardless of their ability to pay.
The YMCA serves as a gathering place for each community it serves. It’s a safe-haven for kids to play and do homework afterschool, seniors to meet for group exercise, for social activities and to connect, and where adults come to learn healthy lifestyle choices.
As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, gifts made will help the Yadvance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More importantly, 100 percent of gifts made will make a direct impact on the residents in Y communities.
Throughout 2014, The Metro YMCA plans to raise $1.5 million dollars, including the public campaign, grants, The Kids Care Club Golf Outing, events and sponsorships. All donations will be used to fund programs at every branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.
“I am very pleased of our volunteers and staff working together toward the ultimate goal of attracting $1.5 million in support of our communities,” said President and CEO Richard K. Gorab. “By design, our Annual Campaign is meant to provide services and memberships to youth, families and seniors. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs. With a successful campaign, we look forward to making a positive impact in our communities.”
To find out more about how the YMCA can help make an impact in your life, visit our the website, or call a Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges facility.