Special Events

Opening Gala Celebration Set for Oct. 11

There is much work (and excitement) in the months ahead as the Westport Weston Family Y completes the task of Building What Matters – our modern new facility at the Y’s 32-acre Mahackeno campus just north of downtown Westport.

The good news is that we remain on schedule for our opening early next fall, likely in September. And with the complex task of building and outfitting our fully equipped, 54,000 sq. ft. facility now 75 percent complete, we’re able to set our sights on Celebrating What Matters: On Saturday, October 11, Y staff and volunteers will host a Gala Celebration, inside our new Y in our spacious new Gymnasium.

The Celebration begins at 5 pm, when our master of ceremonies, actor James Naughton, opens bidding for a silent auction featuring dozens of beautiful items and extraordinary opportunities (think spa packages and VIP Broadway tickets). Dinner, catered by Ridgefield Prime, will be served at 7:30 pm and followed by a Live Auction, (think luxurious travel with Tauck World Discovery).

We invite Y members and supporters to join us for this memorable, historic occasion. Tickets are available beginning at $250 a seat, along with a variety of table sponsorship opportunities, each with special benefits ranging from special recognition at the Gala to chauffeur service to and from the celebration.

“Our Gala promises to be a moment where we reflect on what we’ve accomplished and all that our new Y will allow us to do for the next 90 years,” says Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO. “It’s an evening to express our gratitude to the philanthropic leaders who have inspired us, and a night to celebrate our continuing cause of strengthening our community. After so many years of hard work, it will be quite a party!”

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 11 with a big, bold Y – and for further information or to book your seat or table, please contact Susie Haydon, Development Associate, at 203-226-8981, or via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information about the Y’s new, 54,000 sq. ft. facility opening in September, please visit this page at http://www.westporty.org To di.scuss membership benefits, please contact Brian Marazzi, Membership & Marketing Director, at 203-226-8981 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Splash! Week, Apr. 14-18: Free Swim Lessons

After a winter like this, the summer swim season can’t get here soon enough! But before you hit the beach, pool or boat, make sure that everyone in your family is on board with water-safety rules.

The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe around the water is to enroll your children in age-appropriate swim lessons. The Westport Weston Family Y, with the generous support of the Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities, is making that fun, easy and FREE with a special Splash! Week program during the Spring School Break, Apr. 14-18, for children ages 3 to 12 years old.

Each morning of the week children will enjoy a 30-minute swim lesson, with the Y’s qualified instructors on hand to introduce strokes and help improve basic technique. The Y’s Splash! Week program will be offered in two age groups – 3-5 years and 6-12 – at the following times:

Splash! Week, Apr. 14-18
9:00-9:30 am, Ages 3-5
9:30-10:00 am, Ages 3-5
10:00-10:30 am, Ages 3-5
10:00-10:30 am, Ages 6-12
10:30-11:00 am, Ages 6-12
11:00-11:30 am, Ages 3-5
11:00-11:30 am, Ages 6-12
11:30 am-12:00 pm, Ages 6-12

“Thanks to Stew and Kim Leonard and their amazing water-safety foundation, the Y’s Splash! Week program over the Spring Break will be a wonderful opportunity for local kids to become more confident in the water so they may move on to participate in future swim-lesson programs,” says Nicole Turechek, Aquatic Director for the Family Y. “Think of it as a fun way for your kids to ‘test the waters’ for swim lessons. And best of all, it’s absolutely free to Y members and non-members alike.”

Space is limited in the Family Y’s Splash! Week over the April School Break, so early registration is strongly recommended.

To register your child in this FREE weeklong water-safety program, simply click on the links above to our online registration system. For more information, contact Nicole Turechek at 203-226-8981; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2nd Annual Mossman Indoor Tri, March 2

The Westport Weston Family Y will host the second annual Mossman Indoor Tri at the Y on Sunday, March 2. Conducted in partnership with Team Mossman Triathlon Club, the indoor triathlon consists of a 15-minute lap swim, 25-minute cycle on a spin bike and 20-minute run on a treadmill.

The 2014 Mossman Indoor Tri will take place from 8 am to 1 pm at the Family Y’s facility in downtown Westport and is open to Y members and non-members alike. The entry fee is $45 per individual; $65 per relay team. To register, please go to http://www.active.com and search “Mossman Westport Y” in Westport, CT. “Day-of” registration, if available, is $55 per individual and $75 per team. For a direct link to the sign-up site, click here.

First-time triathletes are welcome, either as individual entrants or as part of a relay team. (Click here for tips on Tri Training, and Tri-style fitness classes at the Y.)

“If you’re a runner, swimmer or cyclist, the Family Y will help set you up with other entrants so you can compete as a team,” said Jay Jaronko, Senior Program Director for the Family Y.

“This Indoor Tri gives local multi-sport athletes something to look forward to during the winter, and for new triathletes this is a great introduction to the sport, being in a controlled environment,” said Eric Beller, a Team Mossman member and volunteer at the inaugural Indoor Tri at the Y, held last March. “It’s safe, and you don’t have to bring your bike — you can just show up with your goggles, cycle clips and running shoes.”

2013 Indoor triThe swim laps, spin bike and treadmill distances will be aggregated and scored to get the top three male and female triathletes. Unlike an outdoor triathlon, the transition times do not count toward the overall finish time, allowing participants time to get from one stage to the next. (Shown at right: Tri participants prepare for the running portion at the 2013 Indoor Tri.)

The top finishers at the 2013 Mossman Indoor Tri were led by Valentin Lopes in the men’s division and Nancy Lovas in the women’s division. (For results and photo highlights, please click on this link.)

“Team Mossman isn’t just about racing, it’s about enjoying exercising and the camaraderie, all in support of a good cause,” said Robin Myers, Race Director. Proceeds from this year’s Indoor Tri will help support the Family Y’s Annual Campaign, which helps to ensure access for all who want to participate in Y programs and activities.

Team Mossman Triathlon Club serves multisport athletes of all ages and abilities in and around Connecticut, enabling them to achieve their athletic goals, having fun while participating in all the area has to offer for training and racing. To learn more, please visit www.teammossman.com or search Team Mossman Triathlon Club on Facebook.

For more information about the 2014 Mossman Indoor Tri at the Y, including tips for first-time participants and pre-Tri training programs at the Y, please visit www.westporty.org. To inquire about joining a relay team, stop by the Y’s Member Services Desk or call 203-226-8981.

Pizza with Santa! Friday, Dec. 20

Celebrate the holiday the Family Y way!

Join us on Friday, Dec. 20, when Santa makes a special visit to the Westport Weston Family Y. Held in the Gymnastic Center from 6 pm to 7:15 pm, this special annual event includes cookie decorating, a Christmas craft, two slices of pizza and a drink.

Kids, bring your wish lists and sit on Santa’s lap!

The fee is $5 per child; please pre-register at our Member Services Desk or online. (Children must attend with an adult.)

Happy Holidays!

Pizza with Santa

Annual Veterans Luncheon, Friday, Nov. 1

In appreciation of their service to our country, the Westport Weston Family Y is honored to host a special luncheon for military veterans from Westport, Weston and other local communities on Friday, November 1, from 12 to 2 pm in the Bedford Room.

Along with musical accompaniment, one of the favorite traditions of this luncheon tribute is when our special guests speak personally about their service to our country.

At the 2011 luncheon (last year’s event was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy), Stanley Adelman, a retired major who served in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, spoke about his military career, which spanned World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He began as a bombardier/navigator, then piloted a B-26 Martin Marauder bomber, flying 53 combat missions in World War II.

Adelman“During the Battle of the Bulge, along the border between Germany and France, my crew and I were grounded by poor weather,” Y member Adelman recalled, in comments later published in the Westport News. “Then, on Christmas day, the weather broke and we flew two missions in support of American troops that were surrounded. That was the beginning of the final defeat of the Germans.”

Asked about his most memorable moment during his service, Adelman cited not a combat experience but, “In 1944, I was stationed in Braintree, England, and met a young Navy lady named Jill. She was a radio operator in the Woman’s Royal Naval Service, and she became my wife,” he said, as the Navy lady stood proudly at his side (pictured above).

Veterans interested in attending the luncheon are asked to RSVP by visiting the Family Y’s Member Services Desk or by contacting Joan Vitali, via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or 203-226-8981, ext. 178.

Halloween Spooktacular, Friday, Oct. 25

Each autumn, the Family Y hosts our Halloween Spooktacular, an evening for young ghosts and goblins, superheroes and fairy-tale princesses to have fun at the Family Y.

On Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 7:30 pm, kids ages 10 and under are invited to participate in a costume contest, explore a haunted hallway, bob for apples, visit a Witches Cottage and more! Family friendly activities, like Halloween crafts and fun and games, round out the evening of fun.

Open to all; the fee is $5 per person; $15/family fee (family of 4). Please register at our Member Services Desk.

Spooktacular staff

Family Y 90th Birthday Party, Sept. 18, 4- 6pm

In celebration of our 90 years of service to generations of members and of our longstanding role as a center of community life and wellness, the Westport Weston Family Y will host a 90th Birthday Party on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The 90th Birthday Party will feature special activities throughout the day for Y members, supporters and the general public.

The Family Y opened its doors on Sept. 5, 1923, following a public ceremony on the steps of the new Bedford Building. “In the name of Mrs. Bedford and myself,” said industrialist turned philanthropist Edward T. Bedford, “It is a very great pleasure to present this building and its property to the town of Westport. All we desire is that it may be most generously and properly used and that we may be permitted with you to continue to contribute to both its upbuilding and financial support.”

You're Invited!

Vintage Y postcard
From 4 to 6 pm on Sept. 18, the Y’s Birthday celebrations will “take to the streets,” as we close Church Lane for a range of family-oriented activities. Among the activities planned (weather permitting) are special performances by Y gymnasts, a bounce house and other games for young children, music, food vendors, a display of vintage cars and a pep rally for the 200-member Water Rat Swim Team, as well as Afternoon Tea for adults served in the Bresslin Room.

At 5:30 pm on Church Lane, we’ll have a group sing-along of “Happy Birthday, Family Y,” and offer cake and a beverage to our guests. The local volunteer leaders who guide our charitable nonprofit organization will also make a special announcement to commemorate not only the Bedfords’ founding gift 90 years ago but also the continuing support of our Y by the Bedford family. That legacy now extends to a fifth generation of Bedford descendants, through the service of Y Board members Libby McKinney Tritschler and her brother, State Senator John H. McKinney, the great-great grandchildren of Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Bedford.

We’ve created a video invitation to our 90th Birthday Party, featuring Family Y CEO Rob Reeves and Y Trustee Emeritus Allen Raymond, who proudly shares the same birth year with our Y -- 1923. The road leading to the new Y has been renamed Allen Raymond Lane in his honor. Click on the image below to view the brief clip.

Construction of a modern new home for the Family Y began in January 2013 and is expected to be completed by early next fall. The new facility is located at the Y’s 32-acre Mahackeno campus, longtime home of the Y’s summer day camp. Purchased in 1941 with the help of Frederick T. Bedford, Edward’s son, Mahackeno is less than two miles from downtown Westport at State Route 33 (Wilton Road) and Exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway, and is bordered by the Saugatuck River as it flows into Lees Pond.

The new Y will begin as a fully equipped, family-oriented 54,000 sq. ft. facility that will include a 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and adjacent warm-water family/teaching/therapeutic pool; expansive Health & Wellness Center; multi-purpose Gymnasium; three group-fitness studios; a Child Watch/Kids’ Adventure Gym area; five locker rooms, including one for those with dependent care; and other amenities of a modern, family-oriented Y facility.

The first stage of our new Y will be built on a portion of the footprint that has been approved by the Town, with subsequent phases also within that footprint. Upon completion of all construction stages, the Family Y at Mahackeno will comprise 102,000 sq. ft. and is expected to include a Gymnastics Center, Child Care wing and expanded Aquatics and Health & Wellness areas.

For more information about the Family Y’s year-long 90th Anniversary celebration, beginning with our 90th Birthday Party on Sept. 18, as well as the Y’s “Building What Matters” capital campaign to fund and construct a modern new home, please click on this link.

90th Birthday flyer

Ambassador Club Luncheon, Thursday, Sept. 12

The Westport Weston Family Y is proud to host our seventh annual Ambassador Club Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 12. The luncheon is held to celebrate the commitment to and support of the YMCA of our Family Y members who have belonged to our Y or another YMCA for 25 years or more.

The Luncheon will take place in the Bedford Room at our downtown facility at 59 Post Road East at 12 noon.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 9, to Joan Vitali; 203-226-8981, ext.178, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).