YMCA hosts dinner for community leaders

MANSFIELD – The Tioga County Branch YMCA hosted a community dinner for local business owners and leaders on April 22.

The event focused on the various efforts of the YMCA to reach out to the community and the success stories that those efforts have produced.

The YMCA strives to keep an open communication channel with the community for feedback and support, and the dinner was an event centered on the input of many community members.

Among those in attendance at the event were YMCA board members, two borough commissioners, the Mansfield University Dean of Students, Dr. Christopher Bridges and a variety of local business owners.

After a meal catered by the Wren’s Nest, there were several speakers. The presentations included an overview of the structure of the YMCA boards and committees, how the YMCA has helped members live healthier, the YMCA’s outreach efforts and what the YMCA is hoping to achieve in the future.

There were more than 60 people in attendance at the event hosted in the Tioga County Branch YMCA facility. “It was very well attended and enlightening,” Executive Director of Partners in Progress, Irene Morgan said. “There are so many unsung heroes. No one knows about the collaboration that goes into events like this. When people think of the YMCA, they think about exercising and not about how far reaching efforts like this are.”

The focal points among the speeches were individuals who told their stories of how the YMCA has helped better their lives.

Diane Weed was one of these success stories. She told the story of her son, Allen, whom she believes has improved his leadership and social skills thanks to his experiences and participation at the YMCA.

“It’s wonderful. As a parent you want to believe your child is a success,” Weed said. “The Y gives a chance for everyone else to see it as well.”

“Having people share their Y success stories enabled us to demonstrate how we are strengthening the community in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,”

Executive Director Elisabeth Miranda said. “I look forward to deepening the connections made at this event and to creating even more collaborations that can help advance our mission in the community.”

With such a good turnout, and such an uplifting message for those in attendance, the YMCA is looking forward to hosting similar events in the future.

For more information about the Tioga County Branch YMCA, contact Elisabeth Miranda, executive director, at 662-2999 or branchexec@tiogacountyymca.org.

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving its neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.