Father-son team to chair YMCA’s annual campaign

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on February 24, 2021 with No Comments

Pictured, from left, are 2021 Valparaiso Family YMCA annual campaign chairs, Connor Ritzi and Mark Ritzi.

The Valparaiso Family YMCA is launching its annual fundraising campaign on Feb. 22, led by father and son team, Mark Ritzi and Connor Ritzi as campaign chairs. The campaign helps ensure that everyone in Valparaiso has access to vital community programs and resources – especially during these challenging times.

This year, the Valparaiso Family YMCA hopes to raise $390,000 in support of its campaign.

Every year, the Valparaiso Family YMCA works to respond to the needs of the community and this year has been no different. The Valparaiso Family YMCA supports the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues, such as early childhood education, e-learning support, newcomer integration, chronic diseases and social support.

“Throughout Valparaiso, countless people know and depend on the Y, but we’re so much more than many people realize,” said Bob Wanek, CEO, Valparaiso Family YMCA. “In addition to being the place children learn to swim or adults go for their daily workout, we’re also constantly responding to the needs of our community. We’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors-all to create a strong community.”

Since March, the Y has provided child care to essential workers, checked on thousands of seniors and others who face social isolation, modified the facility to ensure members feel safe while maintaining their healthy routines and offered virtual classes for at home health, served as a site for blood donation, created a safe space for Valparaiso’s children to learn while schools operate remotely, and impacted more than 13,000 people with acts of kindness to inspire hope and compassion.

For more information about the YMCA’s work or to donate, contact Tracey McElree, senior director of advancement at tmcelree@valpoymca.org or 219-462-4185, ext. 351, or visit valpoymca.org/donate.


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