Special Events

Strong Kids Triathlon, Sunday, Sept. 21

Our Y's annual Strong Kids Triathlon takes place again this year on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Staples High School. Our young triathlon participants compete for age groups awards, with all proceeds benefiting the Y's Annual Campaign, which allows are Y, a charitable nonprofit organization, to offer our programs, facilities and services to all, regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information, review the flyer below. To register, please click here.

To prepare your young triathlete for the race, please click on this link for a pdf of a letter to participants and their parents.

Route Map for participants ages 6-9 (pdf)
Route Map for participants ages 10-13 (pdf)

SKT 2014 flyer

Celebrating What Matters Gala Now Sold Out

It will be quite a party at the new Westport Weston Family Y! After a decade-long quest to plan, design and gain approval for a much-needed new facility, after years of fundraising to finance our “Building What Matters” capital campaign, and following 18 months of construction, the time has come to celebrate a remarkable achievement: The completion of the Y’s $38.5 million modern new home at its 32-acre Mahackeno campus along the Saugatuck River just north of downtown Westport.

GalaWe will be opening our new 54,000 sq. foot Y as soon as the Town of Westport grants us our all-important certificate of occupancy. (Click here for info about scheduled Open House preview tours.)

On Saturday, Oct. 11, Y leaders, volunteers, members, staff and other supporters will “Celebrate What Matters” with a special Gala dinner in our spacious new gymnasium, specially decorated for the occasion.

“It’s an evening to express our gratitude to the philanthropic leaders who have inspired us, to thank our volunteers and staff for their efforts, and a night to celebrate our continuing cause of strengthening our community,” says Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO.

All proceeds from the Gala Celebration benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign, which allows our nonprofit charitable organization to provide camp scholarships, free or subsidized memberships and other financial assistance to local families and individuals in need.

Seating is limited to 300, and the Y’s volunteer-driven Gala Committee is pleased to report that the event is already sold out.

The Celebration at the Y’s new facility at 14 Allen Raymond Lane begins at 5 pm with the opening bids for our Silent Auction, which will feature dozens of beautiful items and extraordinary opportunities. (Think of an Heirloom Family Portrait by noted Weston artist Alison Wachstein, tickets to the Westport Country Playhouse, a 7-night stay at a beach condo in Cabo San Lucas, and much more…)

Following cocktails, at 7 pm, our Master of Ceremonies, award-winning actor James Naughton will welcome our guests. Dinner, catered by Ridgefield Prime, will be served at 7:30 pm. Dessert will be a delectable make-your-own sundae bar, provided by Saugatuck Sweets.

Music for the evening will be provided by the NYC/CT based trio Suit Ty Thurrsty. Tom (The Suit) Forst, Tyree (Ty) Pope and Pedro (Bigg Thurrsty) Johnson have created a band that rocks with the best of them, featuring unique, driving original songs with a blend of rock, blues, funk, soul and hip hop.

puppyA Live Auction, presided over by Seth Watsky from Christie’s Auction House, will follow dinner - think luxurious travel with Tauck World Discovery and some special opportunities, like an adorable 12-week-old Mini Goldendoodle puppy looking to become part of a local Y family.

Born July 19 at Country MiniDoodles in Indiana to a Golden Retriever mom and Miniature Poodle dad, this little guy has recently completed 4 weeks of training with Bill Miller of Smiling Dog Pet Services. Like the Labradoodle, Mini Goldendoodles are bred to produce a very low shedding pet, which makes them popular with many allergy sufferers. They usually grow to about 13-16 inches tall and weigh 25-35 fully grown.

Bill Miller says they are intelligent, friendly, usually like the water and are great with kids. Miller adds that these dogs have been easier to train and housebreak than any other breed he has worked with. Our Mini Golden Doodle is valued at $5,000 and may well fetch much more.

And, of course, it’s all for a great cause!

For further information about the Gala and the Y’s Annual Campaign, please contact Susie Haydon at 203-226-8981 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for New Y, Aug. 28

The Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new Westport Weston Family Y facility will take place on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 pm. This special event will involve Y volunteers, donors, staff and members as well as an array of state and local civic leaders and public officials.

Our new Y is located at 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport, CT. Parking will be available onsite, past the Connector Road leading from Route 33 toward the northbound on-ramp of the Merritt Parkway’s Exit 41.

Due to open to members and the community in September, the new 54,000 sq. ft. facility at the Y’s 32-acre summer-camp property along the Saugatuck River will be known as the Bedford Family Center, in honor of the Y’s founder, E.T. Bedford, and the continuing support of our Y by his descendants.

Constructed at a cost of $38.5 million, the new Y includes a 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and adjacent warm-water family/teaching/therapeutic pool; a 5,600 sq. ft. Wellness Center with expansive views of the Saugatuck River and wooded Mahackeno grounds; multi-purpose Gymnasium; three group-fitness studios; a Kids’ Club child watch area; a cafe for members; five locker rooms, including one for those with dependent care; and other amenities of a modern, family-oriented Y facility.

For more information about the Aug. 28 ceremony, please contact Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO, at 203-226-8981 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

To find out about all the benefits of belonging to the Y or to schedule a guided preview tour of the new facility, please contact Brian Marazzi, Membership Engagement Director, at 203-226-8981 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),


Opening Gala Celebration Set for Oct. 11

There is much work (and excitement) in the weeks 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 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7pm, to be followed by special preview tours for Y members on Aug. 29 and additional preview tours for the community over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend (stay tuned for specific dates and times).

With the complex task of building and outfitting our fully equipped, 54,000 sq. ft. facility now 95 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. For details, please click here.

“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, Executive Assistant, 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 Engagement Director, at 203-226-8981 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Y Gymnastics Center Grand Opening Party, June 28

A Grand Opening celebration for the new Y Gymnastics Center at 145 Main Street in Norwalk will take place on Saturday, June 28, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

The event is open to the public and will include free open play for children and parents, balloons, popcorn, Sno-cones and giveaways. What’s more, attendees who sign up that day for one of the summer gymnastics camps offered by the Westport Weston Family Y will receive a 25 percent discount.

The Y’s new Gymnastics Center in Norwalk opened on June 11 and offers classes and activities led by Westport Weston Family Y staff for all ages and abilities, from toddlers through high school, including competitive teams for gymnasts Level 3-8, in addition to the internationally ranked Showtime Exhibition Team. Summer Session classes and camps begin the week of June 23.

Located at 145 Main Street, between Holmes St. and Union Ave., the temporary new home for the Y’s award-winning Gymnastics Program features a tumble track, spring floor and all the equipment needed to train young gymnasts, from beginner to elite-level, all within a specially designed 6,500 sq. ft. space.

Find out more by visiting www.westporty.org or by contacting Director Sally Silverstein at 203-857-1139 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Shown below are our future team members of our Y Gymnastics Program's Pre team squad for fall 2014 in the new center.

Pre team gymnasts June 2014

36th Point-to-Point Compo Beach Swim, July 20

The Westport Weston Family Y’s Annual Point-to-Point Compo Beach Swim, one of Westport’s longest running annual sports events, is a beloved family event that gives swimmers a great opportunity to support the Y while competing in a highly regarded 1-mile open-water competition.

Hundreds come out each year, because it is so much more than a race. The race attracts participants of all ages from throughout New England. This popular event at Westport’s finest public beach also includes a Kids' Swim Point-to-Point for youngsters.

7:00 am Registration and check-in begin
8:30 am Race begins
9:30 am Kids’ Swim begins

An awards ceremony will follow. All registered swimmers get an official Point-to-Point shirt. Non-resident swimmers and spectators will be allowed to park free of charge for the duration of the race.

For photo highlights and results from last year's Point-to-Point, please click here.

35th PtoP startRegistration is available online at http://www.westporty.org or at the Family Y’s Member Services Desk prior to July 20.

$45 before July 20 ($55 day of event)
$15 Kids swim

Click here to register today. For more information about the event, please contact Nicole Turechek, Aquatics Director, at 203-226-8981, ext. 128 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Interested in making a difference by sponsoring Point-to-Point? When you sponsor a Westport Weston Family Y special event, you’re not only supporting a great cause, you’re also contributing to our community’s health and well-being. Proceeds from our annual events, including Point-to-Point, benefit the Family Y’s Annual Campaign, which allows our Y, a charitable nonprofit organization, to offer our programs, facilities and services to all, regardless of their ability to pay.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, or for additional information about our Annual Campaign, please contact Paul Bernetsky, Chief Development Officer at 203-226-8981 x115 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Y Dancers to Stage Annual Spring Performance, June 14

The Westport Weston Family Y’s Dance Center is preparing to stage its annual Spring Dance Performance on Saturday, June 14, at Bedford Middle School. “Our show this year is jam-packed with wonderful talent,” says Dance Center Director Lillian Cenatiempo. “I'm excited for the girls to get on stage and show how hard they have been working this year.”

That hard work has resulted in high praise – and High Gold – at dance competitions around the state this year, most recently at the Nexstar National Talent Competition in North Branford on April 27.

Competing against 15 other teams from throughout Connecticut, 30 Y dancers from the Center’s four companies won many Nexstar honors. Individual highlights include:

* Ryan Overley received a High Gold and 1st Place, along with the 1st place Costume Award, for her Jazz Solo, "Fashion is My Kryptonite"
* Chloe Hackett received a High Gold and 1st Place for her Open Solo, "Ooh La La"
* Aydan Moskowitz received a Gold and 1st Place for her Lyrical Solo, "A Thousand Years"

Our dancers weren’t the only Y stars at Nexstar: For her work on the Junior Company’s Hip Hop “Airplanes” routine, Lillian Cenatiempo received the Performance Award, given to the choreographer of a group based on the routine’s entertainment value.

Junior Co Hip Hop 2014Other “golden” performances by the Y’s young dancers:

* Kinder Company Jazz, "Rhythm of the Night" received a High Gold and 1st Place Award
* Mini Company Jazz, "Poker Face" received a High Gold
* Mini Company Tap, "Jump & Jive" received a High Gold
* Petite Company Hip Hop, "Forget You" received a High Gold
* Petite Company Tap, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" received a High Gold and 1st Place Award
* Junior Company Hip Hop (at right), "Airplanes" received a Gold
* Junior Company Tap, "Work" received a Gold

Join our Y dancers and their families and friends at the Dance Center’s Spring Performance, 2 pm, June 14 at Bedford Middle School on North Ave. in Westport. Tickets for adults are $15 and $12 for children age 3 and up. Tickets go on sale starting May 16 and may be purchased at the Member Services Desk at the Y’s downtown facility or at the door. For more information, please visit this page at westporty.org or contact Lillian Cenatiempo at 203-226-8981.

Y’s 90th Annual Meeting, Monday, June 16

The 90th Annual Meeting of the Association will take place on Monday, June 16 at 5:30 pm, with a reception starting at 4:30 pm. We’ll meet this year in the Matthew Johnson Gymnasium upstairs in the Bedford Building.

As our last Annual Meeting in our historic downtown home, the day promises to be memorable.

During the afternoon, we’ll be offering special activities for families, including an arts & crafts project for our ribbon-cutting and as well as an invitation to contribute items to a time capsule to be buried at our new Y and opened in 90 years.

We’ll also have an Open House during the day for all former Y employees and members, allowing them to take “one last look” around our old Y before we move this fall to our modern new home at Mahackeno.

We invite you to join us at this special meeting of the volunteer leaders who guide us and the Y members and staffers who contributed so much to our cause. Enjoy the festivities, the historical images on display, and the wonderful comments our young award winners share each year.

Stay tuned for more details!

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.