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Thank you to all our members who participated in our Annual Support Campaign. Together, we raised more than $200,000 for scholarships for people in our community who need financial assistance to fully participate in Y programs and classes. Your support, combined with a special gift, means that we will give a record amount of scholarships for 2017.
In addition, our Gala on November 12 brought together members, community leaders, partner organizations and donors to celebrate accomplishments in 2016 and look ahead to even more improvements and new programs in 2017. We presented the 2016 Scott Gaalaas Partnership Award to Kristin Carlson Vogen, President / CEO of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation to recognize their support of Y programs, including case management for our residents, outreach to hard-to-reach youth, and scholarships for seniors.
As I reflect on 2016, I am also grateful for the more than 100 volunteers who helped us complete 300 projects during our summer recess. From replacing lightbulbs and painting, right up to refinishing the racquetball court floors, our volunteers helped make the West Cook Y facility even better for our members.
But we're not done yet! The leadership of the West Cook Y, including staff and board, are totally committed to ongoing improvements to increase the value of your Y membership. We're increasing and strengthening programs, adding staff members who bring a level of professionalism that means a better experience for you, and partnering with others in the community to add value to your membership.
I am convinced that the members of West Cook Y are unbeatable! I extend my personal wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to continuing on the journey to wellness with you in 2017.
President & CEO
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The holiday season has been referred to as "the most wonderful time of the year," and that's certainly true at the West Cook Y!
We kicked off the holidays with a Thanksgiving dinner served to members, our residents and the community, all at no charge. This is always a great opportunity to meet neighbors and relax with friends and family. Read More >
On November 25, we opened our Christmas tree lot, a tradition at the West Cook YMCA for 44 years.
If you haven't come by to select your wreath, garland or tree, stop in! The lot is open Monday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Come early for the best selection because ... the freshest Christmas Trees come from the West Cook Y! Plus 100 percent of the Christmas Tree proceeds benefit the Annual Support Campaign that provides financial assistance to qualifying individuals so they can participate in the West Cook Y's more than 100 weekly programs and events designed to help them become their best self. Plus, purchase your tree at the West Cook YMCA and receive a free sample of our specially roasted coffee blend.
Looking for a great Christmas gift? Check out our two blends of coffee, roasted exclusively for West Cook Y. The rich aroma and festive flavor of our Christmas Blend is perfect for holiday gatherings, and our House Blend is sure to please. Plus, with every sip, you're making wellness possible because proceeds from these special blends benefit scholarship programs at the West Cook YMCA. Read More >
We also offer gift certificates. The perfect gift for any child or adult. Give the gift of health through a Y Membership or a program such as swim lessons. Stop by the front desk.
Ring in the New Year with a great sale on personal training so you can maximize your workout in 2017. To learn more, stop by the front desk! Read More >
And most importantly of all --- enjoy your holidays! We wish you and your loved ones peace, joy and love all season long.
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