The YMCA of Greater Rochester recently achieved its annual campaign goal of $2.6 million, and celebrated with a victory party at the Port of Rochester.
The Y’s annual campaign ensures access for all, with members donating funds to support those needing financial assistance to take part in health and wellness programs, and activities for youth, seniors and families.
Each YMCA branch engages members through fundraisers and events to support the annual campaign. No one is turned away because of inability to pay.
The celebration had an outer space theme: “Shooting for the Moon.”
Maplewood YMCA member Leilani Hernandez, 13, of Rochester, shared her story with staff, donors and volunteers, and explained how the Y positively impacted her life and how the programs “helps keep kids off the streets.”
The 2018 campaign was led by Maureen Mulholland, YMCA board member and general counselor with Monro Inc.
“From seniors and families to veterans and teens, the annual campaign has had a huge impact across our association,” Mulholland said. “In my two years as campaign chair, I have had the privilege of hearing stories about the positive experiences that have resulted from the financial support received by thousands of Y members.”