2014 YMCA Advocacy Week

Welcome to Pennsylvania YMCA Advocacy Week 2014! Here are photos from many of the exciting events across the Commonwealth where our local, state and federal elected officials learned more about the impact of the YMCA in their communities!

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA – Haverford branch – August 4, 2014

John Flynn, Rep. Meehan and Matt Longjohn

(L-R) John Flynn, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, Congressman Patrick Meehan and Dr. Matt Longjohn, Chief Health Officer, YMCA of the USA

Congressman Patrick Meehan

Congressman Patrick Meehan addresses the audience on the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.


YMCA of York and York County – Graham Aquatics Center – August 5, 2014

York event #3

YMCA of York and York County CEO Larry Richardson hosts Advocacy Week event at the Graham Aquatics Center in York. State Senator Scott Wagner (L) participates in table discussion.

York Y event #2

(L-R) David John, Executive Director of the PA State Alliance; Craig Wolf, Executive Director, York YMCA branch; Sully Pinos, District Aide to Rep. Schreiber; State Representative Kevin Schreiber; Kim Bracey, Mayor of York

(L-R) Larry Richardson, President and CEO, YMCA of York and York County; State Representative Kevin Schreiber; York Mayor Kim Bracey; and David John, Executive Director, PA State Alliance of YMCAs


Harrisburg Area YMCA – Camp Curtin branch – August 5, 2014

State Senator Rob Teplitz greets Harrisburg Area Y CEO Rich Curl

Richard Curl, President and CEO of the Harrisburg Area YMCA, welcomes Jackie Parker, Director of the Department of Community and Economic Development for the city of Harrisburg


Pocono Family YMCA Celebrates 100 Years – State Legislators Present Citations

Pocono Family YMCA - Reps. Scavello and Brown

Matt Rumph, CEO of the Pocono Family YMCA, observes as State Representatives Rosemary Brown and Mario Scavello present House and Senate citations in recognition of the 100-year anniversary


River Valley Regional YMCA – Williamsport branch – August 6, 2014

Williamsport event #1

River Valley Regional YMCA CEO David Fagerstrom leads elected officials through construction of new Williamsport facility. State Representative and YMCA Board Member Garth Everett is pictured 2nd from left.

State Representatives Garth Everett (4th from right) and Rick Mirabito (6th from left) join other local officials at the construction site of the new YMCA in Williamsport, PA

River Valley Regional YMCA – Bradford County branch

Bradford event #1

State Representative Tina Pickett (at right) joins Bradford County YMCA Executive Director Charity Field and other dignitaries at their YMCA Advocacy Week event.

Bradford event #2

State Representative and YMCA Caucus member Tina Pickett reads to campers at the Bradford County YMCA during YMCA Advocacy Week.

 YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh – Penn Hills branch – August 7, 2014

Penn Hills event #1

Michael Malone, Chairman of the Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, addresses local officials and legislative staff at the Penn Hills YMCA.

YMCA of Reading and Berks County – Tamaqua branch

Tamaqua event #2

State Representative Jerry Knowles and State Senator David Argall attend Advocacy Week event at the Tamaqua YMCA

Tamaqua event #3

Sen. Argall tapes his legislative newscast at the Tamaqua Y advocacy event. He and Rep. Knowles are instructed on the use of the Y’s state of the art fitness equipment.

Tamaqua event #5

Rep. Knowles (front left) and Sen. Argall (front right) pose with the Tamaqua YMCA Silver Sneakers class. Kim Johnson, CEO of the Reading and Berks County YMCA, joins them (middle)

Tamaqua event #1

State Senator David Argall (L) and Kim Johnson (R), CEO of the YMCA of Reading and Berks County, with staff members of the Tamaqua YMCA branch

YMCA of Reading and Berks County – Reading branch – August 8, 2014

Reading event #3

State Senator Judy Schwank and State Representative Mark Rozzi receive special gifts from the children at the Reading YMCA

Reading event #1

State Senator Judy Schwank (3rd from left), State Representative Mark Rozzi (4th from left) join Kim Johnson, CEO of the YMCA of Reading and Berks County (3rd from right) at the Advocacy Week event in Reading, PA


YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh – Wilmerding branch

Wilmerding event #2

State Representative Joe Markosek (front right) tours the Wilmerding YMCA with Executive Director Scott Heasley (left) and other Y staff members

Wilmerding event #1

Rep. Markosek (right) reviews a student project at the Wilmerding YMCA


Lower Bucks Family YMCA – August 5, 2014

Lower Bucks event #1

While receiving a tour of the Fairless Hills branch of the Lower Bucks Family YMCA, (from left to right) Kerry Judge, District Administrator for Senator Tommy Tomlinson, Kurt Imhoff, Regional Representative for Senator Robert Casey and Sean Schafer, Policy Director for Senator Tommy Tomlinson, appears with children in the specialty camp, Technology Camp. The children proudly display robot drawings.

Lower Bucks event #3

Sean Schafer, Policy Director for Senator Tommy Tomlinson and State Representative Tina Davis read a story to Junior Adventure Campers at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA.

Lower Bucks event #2

Kerry Judge, District Administrator for Senator Tommy Tomlinson, reads a story to Junior Adventure Campers at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA.

Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA – Sunbury branch

GSVY event #4

State Senator John Gordner tours the Sunbury YMCA with CEO Bonnie Wassmer (right) and staff members from the offices of Congressman Lou Barletta and State Representative Lynda Culver.


Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA – Milton branch

GSVY event #1

State Representative Lynda Culver (front center) joins Milton Mayor Ed Nelson, Milton School District Superintendent Cathy Groller and Peggy Reichenbach from Congressman Barletta’s office at the Milton YMCA

GSVY event #2

Representative Culver reads a story to the day care children at the Milton YMCA.