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THE GENEVA FAMILY YMCA

IN THE NEWS

 For Immediate Release                                  

January 1, 2017

Geneva Y and Town of Geneva Partner to Provide FREE Senior Access to the Y

(Geneva, NY) The Geneva YMCA and the Town of Geneva have partnered to provide Town residents 65 years of age or older access to the YMCA facility and its programs.  The Town Senior Punch Card Program provides senior residents of the Town of Geneva with a punch card that allows 12 visits to the YMCA during a calendar year completely free of charge. 

Seniors may use their punch card to access the YMCA at any time to utilize the workout facilities, gymnasium and pool.   They may also participate in a wide variety of programs and classes available weekly to Y members. The YMCA offers several classes designed specifically for seniors daily.  A full schedule of classes and programs is available on the Geneva Y website at: www.genevafamilyymca.org

The Town Senior Punch Card Program is funded by the Town of Geneva and is free for qualified residents as long as funding remains available.  Senior Punch Cards can be obtained by completing an application at the Geneva YMCA and by providing a driver’s license or Town tax bill.

This program compliments a similar program offered through the City of Geneva to City residents also age 65 or older. 
 
“It is so important to provide access to the YMCA for our community’s seniors”, said Mary Bakogiannis, Executive Director of the Y.  “The benefits are innumerable and the Y is excited about partnering with the Town of Geneva to extend our programs and services to senior town residents.  Eligible seniors choosing to participate will be joining the hundreds of seniors that come to the Geneva Y each week to be more physically fit and more socially active.”
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November 13, 2017                                         

Geneva YMCA Fundraiser Aids School Children Affected by Hurricane Irma

 (Geneva, NY) On September 23rd the Geneva Family YMCA hosted a fitness fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma.  Three group exercise, benefit classes were held that day, as well as a weeklong food drive in partnership with Lyons National Bank.

One of the fundraising classes offered at the Y in September was led by former, longtime YMCA instructor Ellen Reeder, who had recently moved with her husband Kevin, to the island of Turks and Caicos.  Turks and Caicos received a direct hit from the category 5 Hurricane Irma.  Ellen flew home just two days prior to the storm making landfall, but her husband Kevin stayed behind to ride it out at the resort he manages with his staff and their families. 

Ellen’s class on September 23rd raised $300 for hurricane relief, which she brought back to Turks and Caicos with her.  Recently she and Kevin were able to provide much needed school supplies to children affected by the storm on the island.  They recently shared photos of their day at the school with the Geneva YMCA staff.

“We were so glad to be able to do something to help out the people affected by the storms back in September”, said Mary Bakogiannis Interim Executive Director of the Geneva Y.  “Receiving the photos of the children getting supplies purchased with the money we helped raise was wonderful! Their smiles were infectious and our staff couldn’t help but smile right along with them!  We are grateful to have had the opportunity to make a difference - even in a small way”, continued Bakogiannis.  

The YMCA supports various area non-profit efforts throughout the year.  This November the Y will raise money and collect supplies for the Geneva Food Pantry, Hurricane Maria Relief, Toys for Tots and the Beverly Animal Shelter.  If you are interested in offering support to the Geneva Y or any of the causes listed above contact the YMCA at 315-789-1616 to learn how you can help. 
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October 31, 2017                                         

SilverSneakers Celebrates 20 Years of Changing Lives at the Geneva YMCA

 (Geneva, NY) Senior members at the Geneva YMCA celebrated 20 years of the SilverSneakers program at the Y last Thursday with a special anniversary class and potluck luncheon for participants. 

The SilverSneakers program provides more than 14 million people nationwide with the opportunity to improve their physical, social and mental health at no additional cost through more than 60 health plans. SilverSneakers is available at the Geneva Y and more than 13,000 other participating gyms and fitness centers, with unrestricted access and unlimited visits to every location in the national network.  The program offers specialized group classes, and access to each location’s basic amenities, including weights, treadmills, pools and more. 

 Although the Geneva YMCA has offered SilverSneakers for 20 years, the SilverSneakers program has been in operation nationally for 25.  Gyms and facilities across the country celebrated the anniversary of the program last week with special classes and events. 

The Geneva Y’s anniversary class included special appearances from past instructors including Laura Snook and Leigh Pitifer who taught the very first SilverSneakers class in Geneva 20 years ago.  Class was followed by a potluck luncheon at the Y, where members enjoyed visiting with past and current instructors, Y staff members and fellow classmates. 

“This is truly an effective program.  We have a handful of members who have been with us since day one, several of them are now in their 90’s and still come regularly to class,” said Mary Bakogiannis, Interim Executive Director at the Y.  “These folks have made many social connections through the program and a lot of them participate in activities with each other outside of the Y- such card groups, and weekly coffee clubs.  The program has become an invaluable part of many of our senior’s lives.”

The Geneva Y offers SilverSneakers classes 5 mornings per week.  Any member can attend class including those city residents age 65 and older who qualify for free membership at the Y through the City Senior Gold Program.  If you have questions about the program or are interested in seeing if you qualify for SilverSneakers membership at the YMCA, please contact Membership Director Sara Allen at 315-789-1616.

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October 4, 2017                                           

Geneva Y to host Pumpkin Plunge, Fall Open House & Geneva High School Homecoming Dance on Same Day

(Geneva, NY) Saturday October 14th will be a busy day at the Geneva Family YMCA.   The Y will host an all-day Open House event and membership drive beginning at 7 am and ending at 5 pm.  The YMCA will be open for the community to take a tour, try a class, use the weight or cardio rooms or try the pool.  Those wanting to join, may do so on this day with no joining fee and the remainder of October free. 

 Additionally, the Geneva Y is planning to host its 1st annual Pumpkin Plunge event in the pool from 1 pm until 3:30 pm.  The Pumpkin Plunge is a floating pumpkin patch event where children and families can swim with pumpkins then “pick’ one to take home with them.  A Pumpkin Chuckin’ contest will also be a part of the event.  Children will be divided into three age groups for the swim with 3 – 5 year olds swimming from 1:45 – 2:15 pm, 6 – 8 year olds from 2:20 – 2:50 pm, and 9 – 12 year olds from 2:55 – 3:25 pm. 

Cost of the event is just $3 per child/pumpkin pre-sale, $5 per child/pumpkin on the day of.  Pre-Registration is strongly recommended.

 Pumpkins for the event were generously provided through a donation from Lyons National Bank and the Pick-n-Patch in Stanley, NY.  Proceeds from the Pumpkin Plunge event will go to support the Geneva YMCA’s 2017 Annual Campaign.

 The Y’s busy Saturday will conclude with hosting Geneva High School’s Homecoming Dance from 9 pm – 11 pm in the gym.  The dance will take place immediately following the Homecoming football game which is being held on Boswell Field at Hobart & William Smith Colleges this year.  The Geneva high school field and gymnasium are currently under construction. 

 Please contact the Geneva YMCA directly for more information at 315-789-1616. 

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September 19, 2017                                     

Geneva Y to host Hurricane Victim Relief Fundraiser

(Geneva, NY) The Geneva Family YMCA will host a morning of fitness classes to raise money in support of victims affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma this Saturday September 23rd beginning at 8 AM.   The event titled “Sweaty Saturday” challenges participants to “Get Fit, and Give Back”. 

Classes will include both the Y’s regular Saturday morning offerings of Indoor Cycling, Barre and Yoga plus a team taught class featuring several YMCA instructors including Ellen Reeder.  Ellen currently resides on Turks and Caicos with her husband Kevin, who has managed a resort on the island since early summer.  Turks and Caicos was one of the Caribbean islands hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.    

Geneva Y Interim Executive Director Mary Bakogiannis said, “Our hearts go out to all of the people affected by the storms and we wanted to do something to help out.  When Ellen came home, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to both welcome her back to the Y and raise funds for the relief efforts.”  Ellen, a YMCA group exercise instructor for over 20 years prior to her move to the Caribbean, flew home just 2 days before Irma passed directly over Turks and Caicos. “Our members have missed her very much as well as her Power Pump class”, said Bakogiannis.  Power Pump will be heavily featured in the Sweaty Saturday line up.

 Available classes on Sweaty Saturday include:  Ellen’s Team Class at 8:00 AM in the gym, Indoor Cycling at 8:00 AM in the studio, Barre Fitness at 9:15 AM in the studio and Yoga at 10:15 AM in the studio.  Suggested donation is $10.00 per participant and both members and non-members of the Y are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Please contact the YMCA directly for more information at 315-789-1616. 

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