Saratoga Regional YMCA Kicks Off 2020 Annual Campaign

February 23, 2020
by Lauren Halligan

WILTON, N.Y. — Saratoga Regional YMCA kicked off its 2020 Annual Campaign on Sunday, with hopes of raising more than $400,000.

The Annual Campaign aims to provide life-changing experiences and make the entire community stronger through YMCA child care, summer camp, aquatics, sports, wellness and many other vital programs and services, assuring that no one is turned away due to their inability to pay.

The purpose of this campaign is to ensure that everyone in the community has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“The Annual Campaign is what provides financial assistance for those in our community who need us most,” Andrew Bobbitt, CEO of Saratoga Regional YMCA, during a launch event on Sunday morning at the Wilton YMCA.

Bobbitt noted that the campaign provides support for the Young Athletes program, an inclusive sports program offered in partnership with Special Olympics New York for children with and without intellectual disabilities, and the LIVESTRONG program for adult cancer survivors. These programs are offered at no cost to participants, thanks to funds raised through the Annual Campaign

Additionally, one in three kids involved in the Before & After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E.) Program receives financial assistance through the campaign, along with many youngsters involved in the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s summer camps.

“Throughout any program we provide through the Y, we offer those on a sliding scale basis financial assistance,” Bobbitt said, adding that last year the organization saw a $200,000 increase in what it was able to give back to the community for a total of $650,000.

This year’s campaign goal is $400,000. If met, these funds will help offset that amount, Bobbitt explained. “Ideally, with the opportunity then to give out even more within the community, which we’re very excited about.”

Allison D’Antonio, Saratoga Regional YMCA’s director of strategy and development, shared that the Annual Campaign’s theme this year is Imagine. “What we want to communicate with our community is imagine everything we’re able to do, the inclusivity we’re able to provide, to make our families and individuals experience a greater quality of life,” she said while surrounded by YMCA board members, staff, volunteers and community partners at Sunday’s event.

“We know that when there’s a Y, there’s a way,” D’Antonio continued. “So we hope that we’re able to raise over $400,000 with this Annual Campaign.”

The initial, quiet phase of the campaign has already raised a total of $160,364 from staff, volunteers and board members.

The campaign is scheduled to conclude on April 24, 2020.

More information about Saratoga Regional YMCA and its annual campaign is available at srymca.org/donate, where online donations can be made.