RED BANK, NJ: On Friday, October 11th, The Red Bank Family YMCA and YMCA of Western Monmouth County officially celebrated their merger that took place on September 1st, creating the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County, the 2nd largest Y in New Jersey.

Instead of a traditional ribbon cutting to recognize the merger, a ribbon tying event was held at the Red Bank Y on Friday to celebrate the union and represent the ties that the Y has to the community.

In attendance were the YMCA CEO, Laurie Goganzer, the YMCA staff, Mayor Pat Menna, Superintendent of Red Bank Public Schools Dr. Jared Rummage and YMCA Board member Chris Curcia.

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All spoke eloquently about what the merger means for both communities.

“We’re opening a new chapter in our 145-year relationship with the YMCA in Red Bank, and we’re working together for all of our residents.  We all have a common purpose and goal and that is to help those in our community of every age, every background and every circumstance, to better themselves,” said Mayor Menna.

CEO Goganzer said, “I love the YMCA, and have worked for the YMCA for twenty-seven years.  Now (with the merger), we can do more and serve more people.  I do love the work we do in supporting the demanding mental health needs in our communities.  Across the country, we teach people how to swim, how to be fit, help people who are battling chronic disease. The Y is a place to make friends and provides a feeling of belonging to all ages.”

Board member Curcia related how he grew up in the Red Bank Y, dedicated himself an assistant coach of the Aquarockets Swim Team.  With the merger, “Being that it’s one Y, the breadth of the power and strength together is really going to resonate through the communities of Monmouth County, said Curcia.

Local school Superintendent Jared Rummage said, “The Y provides our children the opportunity to learn how to swim, about water safety and it is so powerful, so deep and so meaningful for this community, and I cannot thank you enough.”

To watch a video of the ribbon tying, click HERE.

The State of NJ supported the cost of the merger with a $75,000 grant as well as the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation with a $150,000 grant. To learn about all the great benefits your YMCA offers, click here. Click here for more info on the YMCA.