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The Madison Area YMCA’s 2017 Annual Campaign Exceeds Goal:  Raised More Than $400,000


In accompanying photo: Community volunteers Paul and Laura Lemaire from Madison; Madison Area YMCA Vice President of Organization Advancement Sharon Kunas; Madison Area YMCA Campaign Director Leigh Anne Soroka; Madison Area YMCA Board Vice Chair Scot Guempel; Annual Campaign Co-Chair Tamara Aue; Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Organization Advancement Amie Herman; Madison Area YMCA Board Member and Annual Campaign Co-Chair Michelle Kean; Madison Area YMCA Board Member Astri Baillie; Madison Area YMCA Vice President & Capital Project Director Bob Conley; Madison Area YMCA President and CEO Diane Mann; Community volunteers Carol and Dean Stavraka from Florham Park.

The Madison Area YMCA’s 2017 Annual Campaign exceeded its goal and raised more than $400,000 through the dedication and enthusiasm of more than 100 volunteer campaigners. The Y and its volunteer campaigners celebrated their accomplishment at the Madison Hotel in Morristown.

The Madison Area YMCA’s Annual Campaign raises awareness and funds for the Y’s financial assistance program that enables the participation of hundreds of children and families in Y membership, programs, wellness initiatives, services and camps at our Family Center and childcare, early childhood education and summer camps at our F.M. Kirby Children’s Center. 

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The Campaign is one of the ways the Y to is able to provide assistance to anyone who resides or works in Madison, Chatham and Florham Park. Support is provided based on demonstrated need, with the goal that no one be turned away from membership regardless of income or background. 

The Annual Campaign also helps the Y broaden its reach into initiating enriching community wellness and health-enhancing programs such as its cancer survivors’ program LIVESTRONG at the YMCA; the Community Mental Health Initiative; Project Community Pride, a youth counseling program; the Diabetes Prevention Program; One Step, a Multiple Sclerosis program; Delay the Disease, a Parkinson’s Disease program; and EnhanceFitness.

A nonprofit community organization, the Madison Area YMCA kicks off its Annual Campaign by raising funds through a staff appeal. The campaign then rolls out to Y Board members, Y members and the community led by a group of dedicated volunteer campaigners.

To hear how the Y has impacted members in our community, please visit for Y stories. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Madison Area YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations make it possible for everyone in the community to be enriched by the Y, regardless of ability to pay, to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body at any age.


As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, and improving the community’s health and well-being and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.




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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, March 12 – Sunday, March 18, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

After the storm of the Annual Friends’ Book Sale (no, not the snowstorm), the library is returning to relative peace and quiet.  The sale continues with Bag Sale ($8 for a large bag of books) on Monday, Tuesday, and until most books are sold.

For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go ...

Proud of Chatham Township Residents During "Weather Events"

March 13, 2018

To the Editor

As I watch the next “Weather Event” cross my computer screen I am compelled not to roll my eyes in hopelessness to but reflect on the incredible response of helpfulness I have seen throughout the Chatham Township Community over the last several days. 

We are a rural community with dozen of miles of winding road yet we have seen our volunteer first ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


Soprano Anita Lyons Featured Soloist at Summit Symphony Concert Mar. 25

March 17, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - The music of Grieg, Schumann ad Strauss will form the centerpiece of the next Summit Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2017-18 season, a performance which will take place March 25, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Summit High School Auditorium. Admission to all Summit Symphony concerts is free, with donations gratefully accepted. 

American Soprano ...