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YMCA OF METRO NORTH 2 Centennial Dr. Suite 4A


Peabody, MA 01960 978-775-3701 WWW.YMCAMETRONORTH.ORG



HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The holidays provide time for gratitude and reflection, and we want to thank you for your support of the YMCA of Metro North. Friends like you make the Y the place for everyone in our community to belong, and help us remain relevant and available to all. We are grateful for your friendship, dedication, and support. Your generosity to the Y has helped give kids, teens, and adults – of all ages and backgrounds – a better chance to reach their full potential. Lives are changed every day at the Y thanks to your support. We look forward to 2017 with great hope. I know that together we can continue to make an impact in the lives of thousands of children, adults, and families. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a healthy new year! Best wishes,

Bruce Macdonald President and CEO

Angel trees will fill the lobbies at the YMCA of Metro North branches this holiday season. We are proud to have the opportunity to fulfill the holiday wishes of children whose family may need a little extra help this time of year. At the Lynn YMCA, every child in the Y’s care is given a new toy at the branch holiday party. At the Saugus Family YMCA and Stoneham YMCA Child Care & Program Center, we hope each child on the Angel Tree will receive a book, an article of clothing and a toy. The YMCA community, including our members, program participants and child care families, all join together to brighten the holidays for children and families. It is a gift to be able to make a difference during this magical time of year! For more information on the Y’s holiday giving activities at the branches, click here.


COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE Thanks to all who supported the YMCA of Metro North’s new Cocktails for a Cause event in September! The event was a rousing success, with over 150 supporters gathered to celebrate the Y’s healthy living programs. We were thrilled to see so many new faces join us for the evening and over $80,000 was raised for the Y’s cause! Guests enjoyed the healthy food stations (including a sushi bar!), the silent auction items and our special guest emcee, Gordie Gronkowski, Jr. But most of all attendees learned more about the Y’s work to change lives and to make the community better by being a champion of healthy living. Guest speaker Trish Connors embodied that healthy Y spirit by sharing her touching experience with the LIVESTRONG program for cancer survivors in Melrose and how the support she received (and the friends she made!) changed her life for the better after a cancer diagnosis. Special thanks to our attendees, in-kind auction donors, sponsors and board of directors. Thank you to our Healthy Living Advocate sponsors.

ROAD RACE SERIES ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE WITH THE SPOOKY SPRINT AND HALF MARATHON! The Melrose Family YMCA hosted the over 800 runners for the 8th Annual Spooky Sprint on October 29. The largest race of the YMCA of Metro North Road Race Series, this festive event is full of creatively costumed runners cheered on by a spirited crowd throughout the course. On Saturday, November 19, over 300 runners from across Massachusetts and the surrounding states participated in the inaugural YMCA of Metro North Half Marathon. Hosted by the Torigian Family YMCA, widely deemed a success for a first time race, the YMCA looks forward to making the half marathon an annual event. The half marathon capped off the YMCA of Metro North Road Race series, generously sponsored by Lahey Health and Hallmark Health. The Y also collected new and used sneakers at pre-race pick-up and registration to donate to the Malawi YMCA in Africa. The Torigian Family YMCA is partnering with the Malawi YMCA as part of the international YMCA movement. Thanks to the generosity of the runners and Y members, 300 pairs of sneakers were collected.



TORIGIAN FAMILY YMCA CELEBRATES 10 YEARS! The Torgian Family YMCA celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a 10 day celebration of its members and the community. Each day had a different theme, including member appreciation, healthy living, camp clean-up and looking back. The celebration culminated in an effort to raise $10,000 on November 10 in honor of the Y’s 10 years of community impact. Thanks to the generosity of 229 donors, $10,378 was raised in one day! The Y opened at 259 Lynnfield Street in Peabody on November 6, 2006 after a capital campaign with considerable community support. Originally named the Peabody-Lynnfield YMCA, it was soon renamed the Torigian Family YMCA in honor of Peter Torigian, the former mayor of Peabody. The Y hosted a reception on November 12 to commemorate the decade of community impact the Y has had thanks to the support of donors and partners. Ten community champions were honored for their dedicated and continued commitment to the Torigian Family YMCA. President & CEO Bruce Macdonald was also honored for his role in building the Y and sustaining it. Congratulations to the Community Champions: Kathleen Casey, the City of Peabody, Robert Fennell, Dave & Cathy Gravel, Deanne Healey, Chuck & Martha Holden, Phil Oesterlin, Joe Riley, Chris Rollins and Rousselot.

2017 looks to be an exciting year for the YMCA of Metro North as we continue our time-tested, cause-driven programming that has always made a difference in our communities. But new for 2017, each branch has a customized case for support that focuses on 3-4 priorities for the year. These case for support documents will be used to better communicate the Y’s good work and impact to the local communities. Please click to view the individual case for support documents for each branch below.



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