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The Big Raise once again raises funds for local charities!

Newfoundland Charity Poker TournamentThe Big Raise Charity event was held on January 28, 2017. Players came together and played poker but donated all of their winnings to a charity of their choice.

The YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador is honoured to have been named the anchor charity once again this year. Over $34,000 was raised for the YMCA to help people who face financial barriers attend YMCA programs. Thank you to everyone who participated to make this a successful event!

L-R: Craig Rowe, Big Raise Founder; Laura Skinner, Chair, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Jason Brown, CEO, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Craig Tucker, Big Raise Founder.

L-R: Craig Rowe, Big Raise Co-Chair; Laura Skinner, Chair, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Jason Brown, CEO, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Craig Tucker, Big Raise Co-Chair.




Generous support from KMK Capital Group to the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador


This past summer KMK Capital Group announced their $50,000 pledge to the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador's Strong Families Campaign. This charitable gift will support Phase II of the campaign which aims to fund strategic plan initiatives at the Ches Penney Family YMCA and other locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Kevin King was an early supporter of the campaign to build the Ches Penney Family YMCA and now KMK Capital Group's generous commitment to Phase II will positively impact YMCA communities. The court at the Ches Penney Family YMCA is named as recognition for this generous gift.

The employee team from KMK Capital Group was proud to show its support for the community by presenting a $50,000 gift to the YMCA. They then participated in a team building day of physical activity and lunch at the Ches Penney Family YMCA in St. John's.

The employee team from KMK Capital Group was proud to show its support for the community by presenting a $50,000 gift to the YMCA. They then participated in a team building day of physical activity and lunch at the Ches Penney Family YMCA in St. John's.




Thank you to Canadian Tire Jumpstart for its support of the memberships for Children and Youth


Canadian Tire Jumpstart ProgramThe YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador is a proud recipient of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Funding. The funds received through Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities helps provide access to all inclusive YMCA Memberships at the Ches Penney Family YMCA in St. John's for children ages 5 - 18. Because of this support children in financially disadvantaged families are given the opportunity to participate in fun, physical activities and sports at the YMCA. For many years Canadian Tire Owners/Operators and Jumpstart have been helping the YMCA Financial Assistance Program extend its reach so that more children and youth can be physically active and lead healthier lives as a result.  In 2016 more than 500 children at the Ches Penney Family YMCA in St. John's will be helped with this funding. The YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador is thankful for this important support!

L-R: Jason Brown, CEO,YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Mike Major, Canadian Tire, Hebron Way, St. John's; Michelle Northover, VP of Development, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Robert Aylward, Canadian Tire, Merchant Drive, Mount Pearl; Jim Marshall, Canadian Tire, Kelsey Drive, St. John's.

L-R: Jason Brown, CEO,YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Mike Major, Canadian Tire, Hebron Way, St. John's; Michelle Northover, VP of Development, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador; Robert Aylward, Canadian Tire, Merchant Drive, Mount Pearl; Jim Marshall, Canadian Tire, Kelsey Drive, St. John's.

Mike Major, Canadian Tire, Hebron Way, St. John's; Jim Marshall, Canadian Tire, Kesley Drive, St. John's; Robert Aylward, Canadian Tire, Merchant Drive, Mount Pearl.

L-R: Mike Major, Canadian Tire, Hebron Way, St. John's; Jim Marshall, Canadian Tire, Kesley Drive, St. John's; Robert Aylward, Canadian Tire, Merchant Drive, Mount Pearl.

*Photo credit: Thank you to Sally LeDrew of Real Time Photography!




VOCM Cares Foundation Supports Youth Participation at the YMCA

VOCM Cares Foundation Supports Youth Participation at the YMCA

Kelly Reid, Executive Director of VOCM Cares Foundation & K-ROCK Children’s Trust Fund, presents Michelle Northover, VP of Development for the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador, with a cheque for $4000. The funding provided by the VOCM Cares Foundation will enable the participation of 25 disadvantaged children and youth ages 13 - 21 in programs at the Ches Penney Family YMCA in St. John's for six months. The YMCA raises funds so it can provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee. With this donation the VOCM Cares Foundation is helping the YMCA support youth who are at a disadvantage due to economic and social circumstances beyond their control. It is essential that communities provide opportunities for youth to reach their potential despite adversity so they can become and stay active. The YMCA, with the help of its donors, is rising to the challenge of offering relevant, convenient and accessible options.

 




Running Room gives generously to YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

(L-R): Dave Mitchell, CEO, Pennecon Ltd.; Dan Penney, Co-Owner, Penney Auto Group; Scott Giannou, YMCA Board & Campaign Chair; Gail Penney, President, Penney Group; Mr. Ches Penney Sr., Co-Chairman, Pennecon Ltd.; Michelle Northover, YMCA VP of Development; Larry Puddister, Co-Chairman, Pennecon Ltd.; Jason Brown, YMCA CEO; Steve Penney, YMCA Board Member; Laurie Skinner, YMCA Board Vice Chair.

On March 20, 2016 Scott Eldridge, St. John's Running Room Store Manager, presented Janet King, Office Manager, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador with a cheque from Resolution Run 2015 held on New Year's Eve. The $1,000.00 will help children and families participate at the YMCA in health, fitness and recreation programs this year. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is focused on raising much needed financial support for children, youth, and families who are unable to afford the full cost of participation in a YMCA program or activity.




Penney Family and Pennecon support YMCA with generous $500,000 donation!

(L-R): Dave Mitchell, CEO, Pennecon Ltd.; Dan Penney, Co-Owner, Penney Auto Group; Scott Giannou, YMCA Board & Campaign Chair; Gail Penney, President, Penney Group; Mr. Ches Penney Sr., Co-Chairman, Pennecon Ltd.; Michelle Northover, YMCA VP of Development; Larry Puddister, Co-Chairman, Pennecon Ltd.; Jason Brown, YMCA CEO; Steve Penney, YMCA Board Member; Laurie Skinner, YMCA Board Vice Chair.

(L-R): Dave Mitchell, CEO, Pennecon Ltd.; Dan Penney, Co-Owner, Penney Auto Group; Scott Giannou, YMCA Board & Campaign Chair; Gail Penney, President, Penney Group; Mr. Ches Penney Sr., Co-Chairman, Pennecon Ltd.; Michelle Northover, YMCA VP of Development; Larry Puddister, Co-Chairman, Pennecon Ltd.; Jason Brown, YMCA CEO; Steve Penney, YMCA Board Member; Laurie Skinner, YMCA Board Vice Chair.

On July 28, 2015, the Penney Family and Pennecon announced they are donating $500,000 to the YMCA of Northeast Avalon's Strong Families Campaign. This charitable gift will support Phase II of the campaign which aims to fund strategic plan initiatives at the Ches Penney Family Y and other locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. This month marks the 4th anniversary of the new Y which was named in honour of the Penney Family who helped build the facility with a generous $1 million gift during Phase I. The Penney Family's, along with Pennecon's, commitment to this capital campaign will positively impact YMCA communities. 

Penney Group is recognized as one of the largest and most diversified group of companies in Atlantic Canada, employing over 2000 people across various disciplines. Giving back to the community is deeply ingrained in their business philosophy, and is a way of life for them. They are pleased to contribute to various initiatives, fostering community growth and connection.




Thank you to The Joyce Foundation, for the generous charitable gift of $200,000 to support youth leadership and access to programs at the YMCA

Aileen O'Rafferty, representative from the Board of Trustees for The Joyce Foundation, presents the YMCA of Northeast Avalon with a generous charitable gift of $200,000 to support youth leadership and access to programs at the YMCA. Accepting the cheque are Michelle Northover, VP of Development, and Jason Brown, CEO. The YMCA of Northeast Avalon is also a partner organization with the Joyce Foundation for the Joyce Awards.

Aileen O'Rafferty, representative from the Board of Trustees for The Joyce Foundation, presents the YMCA of Northeast Avalon with a generous charitable gift of $200,000 to support youth leadership and access to programs at the YMCA. Accepting the cheque are Michelle Northover, VP of Development, and Jason Brown, CEO. The YMCA of Northeast Avalon is also a partner organization with the Joyce Foundation for the Joyce Awards.

The Joyce Award is a Canadian post-secondary education bursary for disadvantaged high school students in critical financial need.  Administered by The Joyce Foundation in Burlington, Ontario, it is a renewable bursary, with a value of up to $32,000, depending on the recipient’s program of study.  It is awarded to students in their final year of high school who have demonstrated academic potential, commitment to their studies, strength of character and perseverance - despite notable adversity in their young lives. The Joyce Award is the cornerstone of The Joyce Foundation’s commitment to disadvantaged youth, education and betterment of community life.

For more information go to http://www.thejoycefoundation.com/the-joyce-awards.html.




Maersk Supply ServiceThank you to Maersk Canada Supply Service!

On April 16, 2015, the team at Maersk accepted a thank you gift from the YMCA of Northeast Avalon as recognition for their generous donation of $75,000 over three years to help children and youth access the YMCA. This generous donation helps provide access to camp, and health, fitness and aquatics programs so that children and  youth in families facing financial adversity can lead happier, healthier lives and remain an active participant in their community without stigma. The YMCA is an inclusive charity where financial assistance is available to qualified individuals.


L-R: Marjory Green (YMCA Board & Campaign Volunteer), Jochen Kuhn (Maersk Manager of Finance), Sandy Bennett (Maersk Manager of Chartering and Administration), Lynn Sullivan (YMCA Board & Campaign Volunteer), and Jason Brown (YMCA CEO).

L-R: Marjory Green (YMCA Board & Campaign Volunteer), Jochen Kuhn (Maersk Manager of Finance), Sandy Bennett (Maersk Manager of Chartering and Administration), Lynn Sullivan (YMCA Board & Campaign Volunteer), and Jason Brown (YMCA CEO).

The Maersk team of employees did it again! With a donation of supplies from their employer the team at Maersk Canada Supply Service donated their time and talents to continue making improvement at the Scout Camp in Foxtrap. The YMCA uses Camp Morristown for its Summer Day Camp programs and is excited to see the new flooring, siding, and window frames put in place. These improvements generously carried out by the Maersk staff will improve the quality of experience for everyone who uses the facility. Thank you for this incredible donation of time, talent, and treasure!

The Maersk team of employees did it again! With a donation of supplies from their employer the team at Maersk Canada Supply Service donated their time and talents to continue making improvement at the Scout Camp in Foxtrap. The YMCA uses Camp Morristown for its Summer Day Camp programs and is excited to see the new flooring, siding, and window frames put in place. These improvements generously carried out by the Maersk staff will improve the quality of experience for everyone who uses the facility. Thank you for this incredible donation of time, talent, and treasure!

The Maersk team of employees did it again! With a donation of supplies from their employer the team at Maersk Canada Supply Service donated their time and talents to continue making improvement at the Scout Camp in Foxtrap. The YMCA uses Camp Morristown for its Summer Day Camp programs and is excited to see the new flooring, siding, and window frames put in place. These improvements generously carried out by the Maersk staff will improve the quality of experience for everyone who uses the facility. Thank you for this incredible donation of time, talent, and treasure!

The Maersk team of employees did it again! With a donation of supplies from their employer the team at Maersk Canada Supply Service donated their time and talents to continue making improvement at the Scout Camp in Foxtrap. The YMCA uses Camp Morristown for its Summer Day Camp programs and is excited to see the new flooring, siding, and window frames put in place. These improvements generously carried out by the Maersk staff will improve the quality of experience for everyone who uses the facility. Thank you for this incredible donation of time, talent, and treasure!




IceCaps Care Foundation and Williams Family Foundation provide support for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

Trevor Murphy presented YMCA of Northeast Avalon staff, Janet King and Michelle Northover with a cheque for $5,000 for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign from the IceCaps Care and Williams Family Foundations

On March 1, 2014 Trevor Murphy presented YMCA of Northeast Avalon staff, Janet King and Michelle Northover with a cheque for $5,000 for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign from the IceCaps Care and Williams Family Foundations. The funds will be used to help 30 children and youth attend YMCA programs for a full year.




the IDEA factory

Toy Factory shows up for the YMCA Strong Kids once again: $78,565 raised in cash and toys for the YMC Strong Kids and VOCM Cares

Toy Factory

December 20th , 2013 – What started five years ago as a plan to make Christmas mornings brighter for 200 single parent families has grown far beyond what the team at The Idea Factory could have imagined. Now, their annual fundraiser, The Toy Factory, is once again making dreams come true for children year-round, as their 2013 efforts will see around 700 more children able to join in the fantastic programs of YMCA.

This year, The Toy Factory joined forces with the YMCA Strong Kids program again, which subsidizes Y camp and program fees for families who would otherwise not be able to take part. Says Kevin Casey, Chief Strategy Officer at The Idea Factory, “Our goal again this year was 500 tickets sold-that would mean 500 more kids that would get to go to Y camps. Thanks to some amazing friends, partners, and special contributions, we shattered that goal.”

In just one night at Club One, over $78,000 in cash and toys was raised, thanks to the generosity of the community. We were very lucky to have the St. John’s IceCaps and Williams Family Foundation donate $5000 for the second year in a row, which helped out the night over the top.  Says Kevin Fleming, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Volunteer Chair, “It was an honour to partner with the Idea Factory again this year. Their commitment to building a healthier community means the YMCA can nurture the potential of hundreds of children in need of support to access YMCA summer camp. Breaking down barriers and providing financial assistance so kids and families live healthier lives is a priority for our charity so we want to thank the Idea Factory for this amazing help.”

Toy Factory 2013 Live featured a live auction, a silent auction and an impressive list of musicians including Timber, 709, Darrell Power, Turbulence and other special guests including The Hallidays and Nick Wells.

The Toy Factory is an annual fundraiser for marketing and communications agency The Idea Factory. The Toy Factory represents the spirit of imagination and possibility and reminds us that we should never be too busy to create, too complacent to question, or too distracted to give.




Maersk Supply ServiceMaersk Supply Service


On February 27, 2014, Jason Brown (YMCA CEO), Scott Giannou, (YMCA Board Chair), and Lynn Sullivan, (YMCA Board Volunteer), presented Trudy Chafe of Maersk Supply Service with a special gift in recognition of the major contribution of $75,000 that Maersk has pledged to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign over three years.

On February 27, 2014, Jason Brown (YMCA CEO), Scott Giannou, (YMCA Board Chair), and Lynn Sullivan, (YMCA Board Volunteer), presented Trudy Chafe of Maersk Supply Service with a special gift in recognition of the major contribution of $75,000 that Maersk has pledged to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign over three years. These funds will help children and youth in need of financial support attend YMCA programs like summer camp, child care, swimming and recreational sport programs. 

A special thank you goes out to Maersk Supply Service and their employees for their outstanding generosity and for helping the YMCA improves the lives of children and youth throughout the Northeast Avalon.

YMCA Summer Camp Children, YMCA CEO, Chris Roos, and General Manager of Children's Services, Olga Sullivan, accept a gift to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign from Sandy Bennett, Maersk Office Manager, and Chris Baily, Maersk Managing Director.

Thanks to their generous donation of time and talent, the local team of Maersk Employees helped do repairs and clean-up at Camp Morristown in Foxtrap. Work included a new fire pit, siding and doors replaced on the cookhouse, jacking up of the gazebo, and a new floor installed. This site is owned by the Scouts but is used every year for YMCA Summer Camps. In addition the the employee volunteer time Maersk donated $10,000 to help pay for the cost of the repairs and they have plans to do more this summer. Thank you for this inspiring and well-needed help!
Thanks to their generous donation of time and talent, the local team of Maersk Employees helped do repairs and clean-up at Camp Morristown in Foxtrap. Work included a new fire pit, siding and doors replaced on the cookhouse, jacking up of the gazebo, and a new floor installed. This site is owned by the Scouts but is used every year for YMCA Summer Camps. In addition the the employee volunteer time Maersk donated $10,000 to help pay for the cost of the repairs and they have plans to do more this summer. Thank you for this inspiring and well-needed help!




Newfoundland Charity Poker TournamentNewfoundland Charity Poker Tournament raises funds for local charities with its first Big Raise event!

Newfoundland Charity Poker TournamentOn September 14, 2013, the Newfoundland CharityPoker Tournament held its first annual Big Raise Charity event. Players came together and played poker but donated all of their winnings to a charity of their choice. The YMCA was grateful to be named the headline charity for 2013. Funds raised for the YMCA help people who face financial barriers attend YMCA programs. Thank you to everyone who participated to make this a successful event!




the IDEA factoryRecord-breaking year for The Toy Factory:
$85,520 raised in cash and toys for the
YMCA Strong Kids and VOCM Cares

December 21, 2012, St. John’s, NL – What started five years ago as a plan to make Christmas mornings brighter for 200 single parent families has grown far beyond what the team at The Idea Factory could have imagined. Now, their annual fundraiser, The Toy Factory, is making dreams come true for children year-round, as their 2012 efforts will see over 700 more children able to join in the fantastic programs of the YCMA.

This year’s Toy Factory recipient is the Y Strong Kids program, which subsidizes Y camp and program fees for families who would otherwise not be able to take part. Says Kevin Casey, Chief Strategy Officer at The Idea Factory, “When we began planning this year, our goal was 500 tickets sold – that would mean 500 more kids would get to go to Y camps. We shattered that, thanks to some amazing friends and partners, and some very special contributions.”

In just one night at Club One, over $85,000 in cash and toys was raised, thanks to the generosity of the community. The biggest surprise of the night was a $5,000 donation from the IceCaps Cares and Williams Family Foundation, which helped to put the night over the top. Says Chris Roos, CEO of the YMCA of Northeast Avalon, “It was a joy to work with The Idea Factory team to pull it all together. The end result was more than we could have hoped for, and we can promise there are over 700 children who’ll feel the same joy, well beyond the Christmas season.”

Toy Factory 2012 Live featured a live auction and an impressive list of musicians including Timber, 709, Darrell Power, Turbulence and other special guests including Chelsea Parsons and Factory house band Pet Legs.

The Toy Factory is an annual fundraiser for marketing and communications agency The Idea Factory. The Toy Factory represents the spirit of imagination and possibility and reminds us that we should never be too busy to create, too complacent to question, or too distracted to give.

 
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