January 11, 2017 Press Release From: Silver Bay YMCA / for Immediate Release
Silver Bay YMCA to Build New, Multi-Million Dollar Year-Round Lodging, Dining, Conference Facility A new addition to Silver Bay YMCA’s historic inn that will include year-round dining, lodging and conference facilities will begin rising along the shores of Lake George later this year, chief executive officer Steve Tamm has announced. According to Tamm, construction of the two-story, 42,000 sq. ft. building, which is expected to start in September, will be funded in part through a $4 million gift from Virginia (Rowan) and Manning Smith, long-time supporters of Silver Bay YMCA. The building is to be named in honor of Virginia Rowan Smith’s great-grandfather, William Boyd, an early leader of Silver Bay and the YMCA. The first significant addition to the inn at Silver Bay since the 1920s, the William Boyd Center will “bring Silver Bay’s campus into the 21st century,” said Tamm. "The William Boyd Center will be a real game-changer for Silver Bay,” Tamm continued. “Historically, Silver Bay has been primarily focused on its summer programs. This can no longer be the case. Our customer demands, coupled with rising costs and other challenges, require us to look beyond the 10 weeks of summer. We can now look forward to hosting large conference groups throughout the year." The Smiths’ $4 million gift is one of the largest in the conference center’s 114 year history, said Mike D ’Attilio, chairman of Silver Bay’s Board of Trustees. “We are extremely grateful to the Smiths for their dedication to Silver Bay and their commitment to this project,” said Mike D ’Attilio. “We know their generous gift will serve as an example and an inspiration to the entire Silver Bay community.” According to Tamm, “The entire project is expected to cost $13 Million. The William Boyd Center will become the heart of Silver Bay's 700 acre campus. In addition to a dining room, kitchen and 22 guest rooms with private baths, the William Boyd Center will include flexible conference and meeting space. “Although air-conditioned, heated and wired for the latest audio-visual technology, the building’s architecture will complement the landmarked campus and its natural, Adirondack setting,” said Tamm. Phinney Design Group, a Saratoga Springs-based architect, is the designer of the William Boyd Center.
January 11, 2017 “The project, which includes demolition of the existing dining hall, will provide new jobs for many contractors, sub-contractors and workers. Moreover, with more year-round business, Silver Bay will be able to create new full-time jobs for local residents,” said Tamm. Tamm noted that the William Boyd Center is the centerpiece of a master plan guiding the re-development of Silver Bay’s campus. That plan includes a new wastewater treatment system and an advanced storm water management system to protect Lake George’s water quality. According to Tamm, naming the new building in honor of William Boyd was an eminently sensible decision. “William Boyd led from the front. He challenged his fellow trustees to be generous financially and to make hard decisions about the future course of Silver Bay,” said Tamm. Boyd served on Silver Bay’s Board of Trustees from 1917 through 1926, helping to steer the relatively new conference center through a difficult era. His career with the YMCA included service as the Secretary of the Kansas City YMCA as well as a mission to China, where he and his wife helped finance the construction of a women's gymnasium at the first college for women in China. He was also the first of five generations of his family to serve Silver Bay, a family that included his daughters, Margaret Rowan, Miriam Parlin and Isabel Proudfit, along with their children, their grandchildren, their great- and great, great grandchildren. In regard to the gift, great granddaughter, Virginia Rowan Smith has stated, “Manning and I are pleased to be able to provide a lead gift for this important Center, naming it for William Boyd, a trustee who had so much to do with keeping Silver Bay afloat in the 1920’s. And to think it all started over a hundred years ago, when he introduced his young daughters to Silver Bay in the summer of 1910.” With the completion of the William Boyd Center, Silver Bay will be in a stronger position to fulfill its mission that of renewing, refreshing and nurturing the mind, body and spirit, said Tamm. “In an increasingly busy and troubled world, Silver Bay strives to be a place where individuals, families and conference groups of diverse backgrounds can come to relax, renew and refresh in a safe and wholesome environment,” Tamm said. “While Silver Bay’s influence continues to grow globally and nationally as a result of the many conferences and gatherings it hosts, the center also has a strong local impact. Whether it be with our teen center in Ticonderoga, our free military R & R program, our Youth and Government program, or through our many other outreach
January 11, 2017 programs, the positive impact we have on the local community is significant. As Silver Bay grows, we will seek to strengthen our partnerships with local communities, offering meaningful programs that will enhance the lives of our neighbors,” said Tamm. Note to Editor: Silver Bay YMCA was founded in 1902 and is located in Silver Bay, NY, just minutes south of Hague, NY. Its 700 acre campus along one mile of Lake George shoreline offers a wide breadth of programs for all ages. Silver Bay YMCA presently employs 45 full-time staff members with a seasonal staff of 200. Silver Bay YMCA is consistently ranked one of the top ten family reunion sites in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Silver Bay has also won many outstanding awards and has been featured in several national media, including: Best on Lake George and Best Exceptional Amenities (2016) LakeGeorge.com Best Resort (2015) Adirondack Life Magazine Special Distinguished Business Award (2015) Adirondack Business Council Best Venue for Family Reunions (2014, 2015, 2016) Unique Venues Magazine New York Times (Travel Section) September 2014 Better Homes and Gardens (May 2014) Silver Bay YMCA is a leader in Lake George stewardship and was the first on Lake George to be awarded LID (Low Impact Development) certification in 2016 for its newly relocated parking area. As a mission based charity, Silver Bay YMCA offers outreach programs in addition to its core activities as a premier conference and family retreat center. Those activities include: Ticonderoga Teen Center Open Pathways (Access to Silver Bay YMCA for the underprivileged) Youth and Government Program (covering Queensbury to Ticonderoga) CR Wood Cancer Center Program (Free respite for local cancer patients) Military R and R Program (Free getaway for recently deployed veterans and families Brookside Trinity Ministry (Free respite and sabbatical getaways for clergy) Vacations Made Possible (Free getaways for local underprivileged families) The mission of Silver Bay YMCA is to offer all people opportunities to renew, refresh and nurture their spirit, mind and body. www.silverbay.org
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