An Exciting Press Release from the West Hartford YMCA!

Posted on 2/13/15 by Robin Messerli

WEST HARTFORD YMCA Launches 2015 Annual Campaign to Support Community Needs, Raises $6,552 from Whole Foods Market 5% Day


West Hartford, February, 10 2015 – The West Hartford YMCA is launching its annual campaign on February 10, 2015 to ensure that everyone in our diverse communities has access to vital programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Whole Foods Market, West Hartford Center has KICKED-OFF this year’s campaign by naming the West Hartford YMCA its non-profit recipient of their 5% Day last month.

Kristin Arslan, Marketing Team Leader for Whole Foods Market told the YMCA, “Great news! We raised $6,552 on Wednesday for your 5% Day!! We did 9% MORE in sales than the previous year which is VERY, VERY good! Thank you for the publicity you gave this 5% Day.”

Every day, the West Hartford YMCA works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues, such as school readiness, chronic diseases, food insecurity, cancer health support, health and activity options for families and children, and mentoring opportunities.

“Throughout West Hartford, countless people know the ‘Y’. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think,” said Shawn Fongemie, Executive Director, West Hartford YMCA. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a non-profit, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child, teen and adult, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.”

This year, the West Hartford YMCA hopes to raise $85,000. Funds raised will support new senior programs, youth afterschool programs, and our LIVESTRONG program, as well as expand the reach of our current programs across West Hartford, the Elmwood community and Bloomfield.

Last year, generous gifts from YMCA donors made it possible for The Y’s new summer learning loss camp and afterschool program at St. Brigid School. 200 new children in West Hartford had access to a safe place to learn and to build confidence during their summer break and after school.



The West Hartford YMCA’s Annual Campaign Kick-Off event was hosted by the Governor’s Residence. Volunteers, donors and local businesses that continually support the mission of the Y were in attendance.

The West Hartford YMCA would like to thank these continual supporters who help make it possible to achieve the Y’s mission, especially to Whole Foods Market, West Hartford Center for getting the Y off to a strong campaign start!

To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Shawn Fongemie, Executive Director at 860-521-5830, email shawn.fongemie@ghymca.org, or visit westhartfordYMCA.org for more information.


West Hartford YMCA, 12 North Main Street, West Hartford CT 06107

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading non-profits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ghymca.org

Whole Foods Market, West Hartford Center, 5% Day Check Ceremony

From left to right: Jeff Brand, West Hartford YMCA Board of Advisors and Annual Campaign Chair; Shawn Fongemie, West Hartford YMCA Executive Director; Kristin Arslan, Marketing Team Leader of Whole Foods Market; Nancy Brecher, West Hartford YMCA Board Chair

One of the groups recognized at the West Hartford YMCA Annual Campaign Social at the Governor's Residence

From left to right: Shawn Fongemie, West Hartford YMCA Executive Director; Karen Roche, Co-Founder of The Playground Fitness Center; Dale Richter, President of the West Hartford Old Guard; Jeff Brand, West Hartford YMCA Board of Advisors and Annual Campaign Chair; Jeff Lee, West Hartford YMCA Board of Advisors and Old Guard Member
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