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The Geneva Family YMCA

399 William St.

Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: 315-789-1616

Fax: 315-789-4259



 For Immediate Release                                  

September 1, 2015

Geneva Y and City of Geneva Partner for Senior Program

The Geneva YMCA and the City of Geneva partner on a senior gold program for City of Geneva residents 65 years of age or older. Seniors have access to the Geneva YMCA Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 AM to 12 noon only. One aquatics class and one aerobics class is scheduled for each of these days for a total of six free classes per week. Additionally, city residents have complete access to the Y’s Fitness Center, Cardio Room and pool during this time. The program is funded by the City of Geneva and is free for qualified residents. Gold Card program cards can be obtained by completing an application at the Geneva YMCA and by providing a driver’s license or City tax bill. 


November 3, 2015                                        

Geneva YMCA announces second annual Frost Fest

(Geneva, N.Y.) Bundle up!  It’s time for the second annual Finger Lakes Frost Fest at the Geneva Lakefront Ramada Hotel on February 20, 2016. A celebration of winter in the Finger Lakes, along the shores of Seneca Lake, Frost Fest 2016 features:  outdoor ice sculptures and ice bars with specialty Frost Fest Martinis poured through an ice luge, music from Finger Lakes DJ Services, indoor food tastings from popular area restaurants, wine tastings from award winning Finger Lakes wineries, shuttle service to and from downtown parking areas to the event and a spectacular fireworks display from the City pier.

Geneva YMCA Program Director Mary Bakogiannis said, “Last year Frost Festival sold out a week before the event and we received so much positive feedback from the attendees. It’s important to emphasize that the event is both outside and inside the Ramada.  It was fifteen degrees below zero last year, polar vortex weather and we were refusing people at the door of the Ramada. The ice sculptures were so well done and interactive. Many braved the wind and cold outside; we had plenty of food and wine tastings inside. Frost Fest 2016 is going to be even better.”

 Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the Geneva YMCA or on Sponsorship opportunities are limited with sponsors having their company logo etched in one of eight sculptures, tickets to the event, complimentary martinis, and T-shirts. Call the Y at 789 1616 with questions or to sponsor Frost Fest 2016.




For Immediate Release                   
November 4, 2015                 
Contact: Charlie Evangelista          (315) 789 1616

 Geneva Y Hosts Thanksgiving Run/Walk and Aerobics for Hunger

(Geneva, N.Y.) Join your family and friends Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2015, for the Geneva YMCA’s annual Turkey Trot. The Y is encouraging the community to “justify your pie” before the big feast while raising money for the local Beverly Animal Shelter and the Geneva Food Pantry. The Y’s annual “Turkey Trot” begins at 10 am departing from the Y, 399 William Street, and participants can choose from a five mile run, three mile run or a two mile walk. The cost is $20.00 per walker/runner and everyone that pre registers before November 20 will receive a commemorative T-Shirt. Over the last few years, hundreds of people ran or walked the route establishing the Geneva YMCA Turkey Trot as a Thanksgiving tradition in our community.

In addition to the Thanksgiving Run, the Y is also offering a special Aerobics fitness class at 9 AM in the gymnasium led by Donna Loeb and Geneva Y aerobics staff. The cost is $5.00 for the class or $15.00 for the class and a T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit the Geneva Food Pantry.

The YMCA Wellness Center and pool will also be open from 9 am until noon for members and non-members alike. The non-member rate for the morning is $10.00 dollars.

 Join your family and friends this Thanksgiving morning at the Geneva YMCA. For more information and to register in advance, call the Geneva Y at (315) 789 1616.

For Immediate Release                                  
November 3, 2015                               
Contact: Charlie Evangelista                                        (315) 789 1616

 Geneva YMCA and Finger Lakes Health team up to present programs for seniors

(Geneva, NY)  The Geneva Family YMCA is partnering with Finger Lakes Health to offer some healthy and helpful programs for area senior citizens. Titled “Chat and Snack”, Finger Lakes Health staff will present bi-weekly programs in the Geneva YMCA gym over a light, healthy lunch. The topics include: healthier eating habits, heart health (including a blood pressure screening), prevention of the flu, managing stress and what to do about balance issues. All of the programs are open to the public and are free but pre-registration is required. The eight presentations are part of a pilot program with the possibility of more programming to follow.

Geneva YMCA Executive Director, Charlie Evangelista said, “We are pleased to work with Finger Lakes Health so that we can continue to expand services and programs to the fastest aging demographic in our community, senior citizens. Our seniors are active physically and socially. The presenters from Finger Lakes Health are excited to talk about topics that enable our seniors to do more of everything. People are not only living longer but they desire to live independently. The Y is happy play a small but important role in this encouraging trend”

 The dates and times of “Chat and Snack” can be found at For registration, questions, comments, call the Geneva Y directly at 315.789.1616.

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2015                                              
Contact: Charlie Evangelista                                        (315) 789 1616

 Geneva Y launches You Make More Possible Annual Appeal

(Geneva, NY)  The Geneva Family YMCA launched its 2015 annual appeal today with a goal of raising $20,000 to meet the growing demand of youth and senior programs and financial assistance for families with needs and infrastructure upgrades.

 Executive Director, Charlie Evangelista wrote in a letter to Y members, “The theme, “You make more possible” underscores that we are the oldest non-profit in the City and our programs and services lift many families in our community. The Geneva YMCA experienced a record number of young people in our summer camp, sports programs and after school program. Also, this year we expanded access to our programs and services for the fastest growing demographic in our community-senior citizens. The Geneva YMCA board of directors and staff are aware of the diverse needs and demands of our community. We remain as an organization committed to meeting these challenges and know that we can count on our members and the community to support us once again.”

 The annual appeal effort includes reaching out to members of the community that are currently not Geneva YMCA members. “Our Y is a significant community asset that helps make our area a better place to live, work and play,” said Nick Massa Jr., Geneva Y board president; our board will be contacting area businesses to emphasize that an investment in the Geneva Y is an investment in our community.”

 To make a donation to this year’s Geneva YMCA annual appeal, call the Y at (315) 789-1616 or visit the Y’s website:



For Immediate Release
October 11, 2015                                 
Contact: Charlie Evangelista                                        (315) 789 1616

 Geneva YMCA to host NFL Punt, Pass and Kick at Boswell Field

(Geneva, NY)  The Geneva YMCA is hosting NFL punt, pass and kick competitions at Hobart and William Smith's Boswell Field. Sunday, October 24, from 9 AM until 12 noon is the local competition for area girls and boys. Competitors are grouped in five brackets-6-7 years old, 8-9 years old, 10-11 years old, 12-13 years old and 14-15 years old. The contest is free but interested young people and parents may either come to the Geneva YMCA for a registration form or download an application from  Each competitor will make one pass, one punt and kick-off using a kicking tee from NFL PPK.

Executive Director, Charlie Evangelista said, “The Geneva YMCA was contacted by Preston Teague, a Geneva High School graduate, who now works for the Buffalo Bills. Many years ago, the Y hosted several NFL PPK competitions and he asked us to consider hosting once again. We were able to secure a field thanks to the great people at Hobart and William Smith Athletics and we are partnering with area youth football leagues to get the word out. This is a free, fun event and it is aligned with one of our core missions, youth development”

The ten winners from the local competitions will come back to Boswell Field the following Sunday, November 1 at the same time to compete against the winners from other local events with the winners that day advancing on to Buffalo in December.

For more information and to register for the local competition, contact the Geneva YMCA at 315.789.1616.

For Immediate Release
September 22, 2015      
Contact: Charlie Evangelista                                       

(315) 789 1616

 Geneva YMCA to Provide Free Swim Lessons

(Geneva, NY)  The Geneva YMCA announced today a ten month program to provide swim lessons at the Geneva YMCA pool to West Street second graders during school hours. The program will be funded by a Community Schools grant secured by the Geneva City Schools.

Geneva YMCA Executive Director Charlie Evangelista said, “This is not only great opportunity for second graders to enjoy the water but ultimately this is about saving lives. We live on a lake and the harsh reality is that many of our young people do not know how to swim. We tried a similar free program with vouchers last year but we realized that unless we physically transport the children here, it won’t happen. City School staff and Geneva Y staff agreed that despite last year’s set back, the need was still here. We think that this program will produce the results we all desire-keeping kids safe in the water.”

 The program will start the first week in October and will include two classes, two days per week with all classes taking place in the afternoon. Evangelista said, “We are making some changes to our pool schedule and adding swim instructors but ultimately we have to have the classes when the kids are in school.”

 West Street school administration will be sending a letter to second grade parents this week informing them of the upcoming program. Parents will provide bathing suits and towels.

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2015                                      
Contact: Charlie Evangelista                          
(315) 789 1616
Geneva YMCA Summer Camp Receives Major Gift from Gilbert Family

(Geneva, NY) The Geneva YMCA announced today that it has received a formal commitment of $100,000, ten thousand dollars each year over the next ten years, from Geneva native David Gilbert. Titled, the Marion L. Gilbert Summer Fun-D, the gift is restricted to the Y’s Summer Camp and dedicated to single parents to help pay for their children to attend the Y’s summer program. Children must be residents of the City or Town of Geneva and must be first-time participants of the Y’s summer camp program.

 Executive Director Charlie Evangelista said, “David Gilbert and his family are extremely generous to make such a major gift to our Geneva Y and our summer camp program. Mr. Gilbert has discussed his own childhood being raised by his mom and spending after school and summers at the Geneva Y. The Y was a big influence on Dave and he said his gift to the Y is one way he would like to give back to the Y and our community. Our board and staff are greatly appreciative of his generosity”

 The Geneva YMCA’s summer camp is a nine-week program divided into junior and senior divisions. Each week there will be a separate theme including: Frozen Week, Little Chef, Pirate, and Super Hero Week. A day trip to area state parks, regional attractions and museums happens every Friday.

Program Director, Mary Bakogiannis said, “The summer camp program here at the Y has really improved and grown over the last few years. The camp very often provides kids with life changing experiences. Last year, most of the weeks were sold out in advance. Our camp director and counselors are excited for the upcoming camp”

Camp brochures and Marion L. Gilbert Summer Fun-D application forms are available at the Geneva Y, 399 William Street, Geneva, N.Y. For more information about the Y’s summer camp or the Marion L. Gilbert Summer Fun-D, call the Y directly at (315) 789 1616.


For Immediate Release
April 8, 2015                                       
Contact: Charlie Evangelista
(315) 789 1616

Geneva Y Announces 2nd annual Finger Lakes Brewfest

 (Geneva, NY) The Geneva YMCA announced today that it will host its second annual Finger Lakes Brewfest on the first day of summer, June 21, 2015 at the Geneva Ramada Lakefront Hotel from 1PM until 6 PM. The festival will be releasing the names of the breweries that will participate later in May. “Last year we had over twenty local and national breweries featuring a depth of local, craft beers. People came from all over the state to FLBF and the event was a complete sell out. We are excited to partner once again with the Ramada Lakefront Hotel (Frost Festival) which will provide the perfect backdrop along the shores of Seneca Lake”, said Geneva YMCA Program Director, Mary Bakogiannis.

 Billed, “It’s good for what ales you”, Finger Lakes Brewfest features not only tastings from some of the best small breweries in the area, but local food specialties, and musical entertainment.

 Bakogiannis said, “While the event is a fundraiser for the Y, the event is a celebration of what makes summer in the Finger Lakes unique-our lakes, local food, music and the increasing popularity of craft breweries.”

Pre-sale tickets are $25 and include, free parking, admission to the event, commemorative glass, and twenty beer tastings. Day of the event tickets are $35.

 Interested vendors may email the Geneva for information or with questions:

 Tickets go on sale May 1, 2015 at the Geneva Y, 399 William Street, Geneva, N.Y. or by ordering on line, For more information or questions, call the Geneva Y directly at (315)789-1616.


For Immediate Release
January 15, 2015
Contact: Charlie Evangelista

Kevin Meaney to Headline Geneva Y Annual Comedy Night

(Geneva, NY)  Emmy award winner, Kevin Meaney will headline the Geneva YMCA's annual Comedy Night on March 7, 2015 at Club 86, Geneva, NY.  Mr. Meaney has been one of the country's most popular comedians for more than 25 years.  Tom Shale of the Washington Post said, "Picture the precocious love child of Jonathan Winters and Ethel Merman and you have some idea of Kevin Meaney's act."  From his early years as a stand up comic, to appearances on "The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and star of CBS's sit-com "Uncle Buck", an evening with Kevin Meaney is a trip to the funhouse.

Tickets are available only at the Geneva Y, and are $40.00 each.  Ticket price includes appetizers, full course dinner, 100 balloon pop raffle, and comedy show.  A limited amount of sponsorship opportunities are available which include tickets to the show, display ad and more.  Call the Geneva Y directly at 789-1616 for more information.


For Immediate Release
January 13, 2015
Contact: Charlie Evangelista

Geneva Y announces Finger Lakes Frost Festival

(Geneva, NY)  The Geneva YMCA along with the Ramada Geneva Lakefront's "Live at Five" will host the first annual Finger Lakes Frost Festival at the hotel on February 21 from 5 PM until 9 PM.  Billed as "an adult celebration of winter in the Finger Lakes", the event features eight outside ice sculptures including an ice, bar, throne, picture frame and ice logo wall.  Signature drinks will be served up using a massive ice luge.

Inside the hotel's main ballroom, there's food and wine tastings, chowder and chili.  Finger Lakes DJ will provide music inside and outside of the venue.  The night concludes with a fireworks display from the City of Geneva pier.  The Ramada Lakefront Inn is offering special room rates just for the festival.  Tickets are $20.00 and include admission, light appetizers, food and wine tastings.  All proceeds directly benefit the Geneva Y's programs and services.

Geneva YMCA Program Director, Mary Bakogiannis said, "We attended an ice festival in Watkins Glen and just loved everything about it - the lights, all the ice sculptures, music fireworks, and people embracing winter.  The Y had a great, successful summer event that attracted hundreds of people from all over the area and we think Finger Lakes Frost Festival will be a fun event to attend.  We expect another sell out."

Tickets are available at and the Geneva Family YMCA.  Call the Y for more information or questions at 315-789-1616.