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5K Run/Walk Fundraiser Supports The Gateway Family YMCA

Generosity Series Fundraiser Supports YMCA Financial Assistance

Clark, NJ, August 02, 2016 --( On Sunday, June 5th, runners and walkers spent the morning at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ to support The Gateway Family YMCA. The fundraiser 5K Run/Walk for a better us was hosted by Generosity Series, providing funds to support the Y’s financial assistance program.

“We are proud of our members and the community and are humbled by their exuberance and support of the YMCA. This was our first Generosity Series Walk/Run, and despite the rainy forecast, hundreds of people showed up in support of local charities,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA.

Overall results included the following finishers:
2 – Ryan McNany, The Gateway Family YMCA
3 – Leonardo Gonzalez, The Gateway Family YMCA
5 - Andrea Mickiewicz, The Gateway Family YMCA
6 – Joseph Paparo, The Gateway Family YMCA
9 – Brian McNany, The Gateway Family YMCA

Top finishers in age group categories included:
Female 13-19
3. Amaya Pacheco
Female 20-29

Rose Luma (staff)
Naldy Velarde (staff)
Scarlet Abreu (Staff)

Female 30-39
2. Jessica Samolewicz (Staff)
3. Lisa Yanez (Staff)
Female 40-49
3. Melynda Mileski (Staff)
Female 60-69
2. Kathleen Melilli
3. Maria Stender (Staff)
Male 30-39
1. Brian McNany
3. Joseph Venezia (Board)
Male 40-49
1. Joseph Paparo

The 5K event is part of the Generosity Series, which includes other local non-profit organizations as well as The Gateway Family YMCA. Through this fundraiser, each participant commits to raising a minimum of $200 for the YMCA Annual Support Campaign, to directly benefit Financial Assistance for members of the local community. “This event provided a great opportunity to get our members and staff together to support the Y and raise funds to directly help the community,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO.

Dedicated to building a healthy community, The Gateway Family YMCA provides free Diabetes screening programs, a Diabetes Prevention Program and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a free program for cancer survivors. In 2015, many charitable gifts from YMCA donors helped to make it possible for 1,200 children to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school; 1,000 children to experience lasting memories and friendship in summer camp, 2,800 to learn safety and confidence in swim lessons, for 24,000 members to reconnect and grow together as a family, for 680 people in need to gain a support system and a place to live; and countless others to access education and training to reach their full potential. The Gateway Family YMCA provided over $690,000 in financial assistance for programs, services and membership in 2015.

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Colleen Clayton

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