In the Press

New YMCA COO Champions Her Cause

“…as the Westport Weston Family YMCA’s new chief operating officer, she can combine her love of sports, her appreciation for the community, and her MBA-honed business acumen, to manage the organization’s operations as effectively and efficiently as possible.”
November 3, 2022: Dan Woog Article

WWFY Lauded by Westport Journal Over Point to Point

“It’s an amazing community event…”  “The Y is all about community.”
June 10, 2022: Westport Journal

WWFY Point to Point Open Water Swim Rising the Tides

The Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Point-to-Point Compo Beach Charity Open Water Swim, one of Westport’s longest running sporting events, will take place on Sunday, July 10 from 7AM-11AM. The 43rd annual charity swim covers a 1 mile distance and kicks off near the Compo Beach cannons. All proceeds go to the Y’s aquatics programs to improve aquatics safety in the community, including swim lessons that teach children and adults essential lifesaving water safety skills that build confidence in and around water and help to minimize the risk of drowning.
July 7, 2022: Dan Woog Article
July 5, 2022: Westport Journal
June 30, 2022: EINnews.com
June 27, 2022: Press Release

WWFY to Award 15 Needs-Based Lifeguard Certification Scholarships

WWFY has received funding to award 15, needs-based, Lifeguard Certification Scholarships leading up to the Summer season. These scholarships allow us to reach underserved young adults (ages 15-23) in Lower Fairfield County, and give them access to transformational opportunities and experiences to learn new skills, meet new people, and find purpose in gainful employment.
May 5, 2022: Press Release
May 5, 2022: EINnews.com
May 5, 2022: Westport Journal

WWFY Aqua Fit Group Raises Awareness for Veterans’ Groups

Throughout May, the Aqua Fit group is sponsoring a donation box with “Wish List”, in the Y lobby and hosting a ‘drop-in’ Aqua Fit class for $20 per person. Both collections support Homes for the Brave, a nonprofit helping homeless veterans.
May 2, 2022: DanWoog06880 Roundup

AAPI Festival to be held at WWFY on May 7, during ‘AAPI Heritage Month’

AAPI Westport, a group focusing on awareness of the Asian American Pacific Islander community, plans a series of AAPI Heritage Months events in May to highlight its mission. An AAPI Festival, featuring performances and food, will take place at the WWFY on May 7 from 2-4PM. 
April 28, 2022: DanWoog06880 Article
April 29, 2022: Westport Journal

Introducing LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program on May 9

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a research based, free 12-week program that provides a safe, supportive environment for adults living with, through, and beyond cancer to participate in physical, educational, and social activities.
May 9, 2022: News12 TV Clip
May 6, 2022: newstimes.com Community News
May 6, 2022: ctinsider.com, Community News
April 28, 2022: Press Release
April 28, 2022: EINnews.com
April 27, 2022: DanWoog06880 Roundup

Y Member, Jane Laska’s Story of Ukraine, shared by Lindsay Czarniak

Lindsay Czarniak is a Fox Sports anchor and reporter, who shared a story of Jane Laska from the Ukraine. Ashlee Grieb, WWFY Cardio Dance Jam instructor developed choreography and played the song — “Good Evening, We Are From Ukraine” — as a way to support Jane. It was a special moment, for Ashlee and Jane. Click on the article below to see the video for yourself.
April 8, 2022: DanWoog06880 Roundup
April 8, 2022: Lindsay Czarniak Instagram Video, Over 13k Views

Dedication of the “Sally Silverstein Viewing Area”

Naming of the ‘Sally Silverstein Viewing Area’ to be held on March 4.
February 23, 2022: DanWoog06880 Unsung Hero #228 Article
February 25, 2022: Press Release
February 25, 2022: EINnews.com
March 1, 2022: DanWoog06880 RoundUp
March 7, 2022: Westport Journal by Jarett Liotta

Lunar New Year

AAPI held their Lunar New Year Celebration at our Y on Feb 5th.
February 5, 2022: Y News
February 5, 2022: Westport Journal
February 5, 2022: Westport News
February 5, 2020: AAPIwestport.com Event Photos

Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund 2021

At the BFSRF Awards Ceremony, $290,000 in grants were dispersed to 28 organizations in the Greater Fairfield County area whose programs focus on supporting equitable educational programs for students in our community.
January 15, 2022: Dan Woog LifeBridge Article
December 16, 2021: Press Release

Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund Aids Nonprofits; Grant Application Deadline Approaches
September 8, 2021: Dan Woog Article