President's Newsletter October 2014

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- PINK Program for Breast Cancer Survivors


- New Group Exercise Classes


- Joe Gaeta Honored by Community Call


- Join the Y's 2015 Boston Marathon Team


- Grant Funds Improvements for Dorchester Y's After School Space


- Dream Happy Party on October 22

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Have you seen us in the media recently? You can catch up here:

Bay State Banner: New Executive Director at Thomas M. Menino YMCA

Boston Business Journal: Kevin Washington to lead YMCA of the USA


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Kevin Washington
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
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Board of Directors Pink

Jeff Conway, Chair
Elizabeth B. Burnett, Vice Chair
Eileen M. Connors, Vice Chair
William I. Huyett, Vice Chair
Brian H. Kavoogian, Vice Chair
Richard C. Waters, Treasurer
Mark S. Ain
Hope A. Aldrich
Richard H. Aldrich
Brant Binder
Kevin J. Blake
Daniel F. Conley
Donald E. Conover
C. Michael Daley
David A. Damassa
Kevin A. Foster
David G. Fubini
Michelle W. Hecht
Evelyn Kaupp
Robert E. Kenney
Teresa K. Koster
Matt McPherron
C. Ann Merrifield
Tara Murphy
Charlayne Murrell-Smith
Jack R. O'Connor
Jill W. Onderdonk
James P. Palermo
William M. Parent
Charles R. Parrott
Dave Porter
Jonathan Savoy
Cynthia L. Strauss
Nancy Stuart
Alan W. Tuck
Kate Walsh
Frederick A. Wang
Faith S. Weiner
M. David Wilkins
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Pink ProgramOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month and is a great time to recommit to your fitness routine.  The American Cancer Society affirms that a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help reduce a person’s risk for cancer. And for cancer survivors or those currently undergoing treatment, wellness programs, like the Y's PINK Program, can help individuals regain strength and mobility and help with fatigue, depression and other side effects.

The PINK program, developed by Dr. Carolyn Kaelin from Brigham and Women’s Hospital,  helps breast cancer survivors exercise safely, while boosting energy, increasing strength and restoring ease in performing daily tasks. Classes are tailored for different surgeries and for all fitness levels. This program is 12 weeks long, is free of charge and open to all members of the community regardless of YMCA membership status. In 2014, we expect to serve approximately 125 women at three program locations: West Roxbury Y, Burbank Y, and the Lahey clinic, with a possible fourth location coming on line in 2015.

Group Exercise ClassIn New England, we can always plan on the bright sunshine of the spring and summer to energize our exercise and activity level. Typically this is the time when we get back into our routines of walking more, joining in on various outdoor activities, and just being motivated to move more. The opposite can be said for the fall and winter, as we are more apt to use the excuse of cold weather to stay inside, sleep in, and move less. 

Naturally, the Y has the answer to reenergizing or continuing the healthy habits you have adapted to in the summer, with over 800 indoor group exercise classes offered free to all members. Check out some of the new and exciting classes being launched this fall, including:

More Than Core: This class highlights abs, glutes, back, and thigh exercises to strengthen and define. Thursdays at the Burbank Y.

Fusion: This new and exciting class combines cardio and strength-training exercises for a calorie burning, fat torching workout. This class will ensure that there are no holes in your fitness program. Thursdays at the Charlestown Y.

The complete class schedule for all of our Ys is available online.


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Joe GaetaEast Boston resident and the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Association Wide Director of Teen Programming, Joseph Gaeta, 31, will be awarded with Community Call’s 2014 Young Leader Award.

The award honors a young leader who has made a positive impact and whose civic, social, and community leadership sets an inspiring example to the community. Gaeta was chosen from dozens of candidates for his work helping to keep East Boston High School students in school and on track to graduate on time.

"When a student fails even one credited course, their odds go up of not graduating on time, or worse, dropping out altogether," says Joe Gaeta. "In East Boston, the situation is even worse. More than 100 students are not moving up to the next grade and half of those students are expected to drop out. As a graduate of East Boston High, it's important to me to help change the fate for these students."

Community Call works to develop critical thinking, confidence, and self-empowerment with Boston area at-risk and opportunity high school students through community event planning. The Community Call 2014 Young Leader Award is presented to provide role models to its students regarding the impact they can have on their community. The award was inspired by the work of community activist, Lenny Zakim to help identify young role models. Presenting the award for a second year is Lenny Zakim’s son, Boston City Councilor, Josh Zakim. 

Marathon RunnerIs running a marathon on your bucket list? The YMCA of Greater Boston has a limited number of invitational entries into the 2015 Boston Marathon through the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program. This means that the qualifying requirements are waived and the Y is able to provide a guaranteed entry into the race.

YMCA Marathon Team members will raise funds to directly support teen programming with a goal that every young person in our community has the opportunity to achieve greatness. Fundraising minimum is $7,500. Last year, thanks in part to funds raised by our marathon team, the YMCA provided over 11,000 free summer memberships and over 800 free events throughout Greater Boston.

Already qualified for 2015 Boston Marathon and secured an entry? You can join our team too with a fundraising minimum of $1,500.

Click here to learn more about joining our team.  Applications are due November 3, 2014.  For questions or more information, email us.

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Dorchester After School StudentsThanks to an anonymous $60,000 donation, the Dorchester YMCA’s after school program space is receiving a facelift this fall. More than a decade of research has shown that after school activities contribute to the healthy development of chi
ldren including improved school performance. Low-income children experience greater benefits from these programs, but are often the least able to access them because of cost and availability in their community. Over 90 percent of the children we serve at the Dorchester Y are low-income and their families depend on the Y’s financial assistance program or a government subsidy to attend. 

Research also shows that these programs only work when they are high quality and have the resources and built environment to support learning and play. Improvements to the Dorchester Y’s after school program will include age appropriate restrooms, new paint, flooring and furniture all to create a modern, engaging environment conducive to learning and development for the 78 children enrolled.

Dream Happy LogoOn October 22, hundreds of Greater Boston’s leading business and civic leaders will join together for a night of fun to raise critical dollars that support the YMCA of Greater Boston’s youth and teen programs. We are grateful for all of the committee members,sponsors and supporters who have committed to making our Dream Happy Party a memorable event.

This year’s live auction promises to be an exciting one featuring one-of-a-kind experiences including:

An exclusive 2015 Master’s Package that features badges for two for two days of play at Augusta, chef prepared meals, on-site golf pro for lessons and swing analysis plus a massage therapist – a luxurious treat for the golf enthusiast.

Check the Boards Hockey Fans – 4 premium seats to a Bruins game with catering. Plus, hear what players and coaches really thought about the game by attending the post-game press conference.

Dinner for 12 at Tavern Road
, voted Best of Boston Late Night Dining in 2014.  Nestled in the heart of the Fort Point Channel artist district, this is sure to be an experience that guests will be talking about for years to come.  Brothers Louis and Michael DiBiccari, who double as owners and chefs, will wow diners with their modern American cuisine.

If you would like to attend this year’s Dream Happy Party and support the Y’s work with at-risk children and their families, please email Kathryn Davids or call her at 617-927-8199.

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