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YWCA Westfield 11/01/12

November 7, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

FairPoint Donation

The YWCA Westfield was chosen to receive the proceeds from the 14th annual FairPoint Golf Tournament. The 2012 tournament was held in September at Point Chautauqua Golf Course.

"This is strictly a local event," Tricia Schuster said. "We solicit donations from local businesses for the (silent) auction. It's our local employees that participate, and the winning foursome always chooses a local organization to receive the proceeds. This year the team of Wright and Fochtman, along with their spouses, were the winners. They earmarked the proceeds for the YWCA."

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Executive Director of the YWCA Westfield Katie Smith accepts a check from FairPoint employee Steve Wright while Tricia Schuster, Dave Lessinger and Brian Fochtman look on. The YWCA Westfield was chosen to receive the proceeds from the 14th annual FairPoint Golf Tournament held in September at Point Chautauqua Golf Course.

"FairPoint has been a wonderful partner with the YWCA," Smith said. "They contributed to the renovation of our fitness center, and this donation will allow us to do some needed painting, redecorating and renovating in the upstairs of the building."

Individuals or businesses interested in being a partner with the YWCA and making a donation of time or money are encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011 and talk with Smith.

Youth center

Under the direction of John Emmons and Jake Guenther, the YWCA Youth Center is open each Thursday evening. Middle and high school students are invited to visit the Y between 7 and 9 p.m., for an evening of games, gym use, other activities and a snack.

"So far we've had a campfire, played basketball, toured the YWCA building and had a great time just talking about upcoming projects," Emmons said.

The YWCA Youth Center, funded by a grant from the Chautauqua County Youth Bureau offers a safe, supervised, drug and alcohol free evening for youth throughout the area. Parents can be confident knowing their kids are supervised in a safe setting and engaged in appropriate activities. There is no charge to attend the youth center, and participants don't have to be a Westfield resident, but a YWCA youth membership is required. Students are invited to drop in on Thursday evening and take the paperwork home. For more information on the YWCA Youth Center, call the Y at 326-2011.

Santa's coming to the Y

The YWCA is pleased to announce it will host the "After Tree Lighting" activities on Friday, Nov. 16. Plans call for Santa to arrive in Moore Park about 6 p.m. for the lighting ceremony. Following that, Santa will come to the YWCA and the general public is invited to the Y for free refreshments, pictures with Santa and some holiday activities.

"I'm so pleased to have the YWCA join us in this celebration," organizer Marilyn Hemmer said. "This is a big weekend for the village and the arrival of Santa is just the beginning. The YWCA is the perfect venue for the Santa pictures, the refreshments and other kid's activities that are a part of the evening."

Arts and Crafts Festival

Dates for the 2013 annual YWCA Arts and Crafts Festival have been set. The event will be held July 26 and 27 in Moore Park.

"Applications are taken on an ongoing basis, and we'd especially like to showcase some of the talented individuals in our area," administrative assistant Michelle Sunday Warner said. "Artists and craftspeople with original creations are invited to check out our website, for and application or call us at 326-2011 for more details."

Classes at the YWCA

Adult exercise, Zumba, karate and tumbling classes all continue to meet at the YWCA. Adult exercise meets at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, Zumba meets at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, karate is scheduled for Tuesday evening and the tumbling classes are held on Mondays. Each class has open, ongoing enrollment, but its own registration and fee structure, so interested individuals are encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011.

About the YWCA

The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1300 locations across the U.S. worldwide, YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.

Locally the YWCA Westfield is a partner agency with the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Region of YWCA and the national YWCA organization.



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