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Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA Receives $4,500 from 'Stories: Six' Event

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(Left to right): Lisa Sprague, Diane Mann and Amie Herman of the Madison Area YMCA; Gina Striffler, owner of The Bar Method Madison; Jen Cosgrove & Sue Beattie, owners of CoBe Events. Credits: Madison Area YMCA
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Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA was elated to receive $4,500 from Stories: Six, a special documentary screening on Nov. 14 at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham Township that chronicled the lives of six local women. The event was sponsored by The Bar Method of Madison and organized by CoBe Events.

“Project Community Pride and the Y are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Stories: Six,” said Madison Area YMCA senior director of organization advancement Amie Herman. 

“The need in the community is greater than many understand, and these generous gifts mean that we can continue to provide critical programming and services to those in our community who need us, regardless of their ability to pay.”

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Stories: Six tells the tales of these women and how they evolved over their lifetimes while enduring setbacks, trials and celebrating simple joys. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the featured women, who shared their strength, determination and humor with attendees.  

“This will be one of the highlights of my life,” said Gretchen Coviello. “It made my heart happy and I honestly feel like a blanket of love surrounds me.”

Katherine Lynch said it was an honor to participate. 

“Thank you for sharing your stories, for being brave and vulnerable,” she said. “I know it has inspired me and so many others.”

Local fashion vendors Forty4, Quartet, Stitch, W by Worth, The Bar Method of Madison, Ward Vintage set up boutiques at the event. Some of the proceeds were included in a donation to Project Community Pride.

Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA is an important extension of youth development services for children, teens and their families throughout the Madison Area YMCA’s service area that was made possible through the collaboration of community leaders and a partnership with the municipalities and School Districts of the Chathams, Florham Park and Madison. The partnership signifies a major step forward in furthering the Y’s commitment to youth development.

The Madison Area YMCA is a 501(c)(3) cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. All are welcome to be enriched by Y membership, programming, community wellness and health-enhancing programs, regardless of ability to pay. Generous donations to the Madison Area YMCA’s Annual Fund make it possible for everyone in our community to experience the Y.

 

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