News & Events

  • GIVE A HEART; HELP A HEART

    January 28, 2014

    YMCA Offers 30-Day Trial to Prevent Heart Disease

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan. 28, 2014 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 200 deaths per 100,000 people, are attributed to diseases of the heart in Pennsylvania. With a local population of 91,108, we could lose nearly 200 friends and family members to heart disease in 2014. Heart disease is preventable, and to help spread the word, the Y is participating in American Heart Month in February.

    From Feb. 1-28, you can join the YMCA in our “Give a Heart; Help a Heart” campaign to prevent heart disease. Through Feb. 28, adults can purchase or give a Valentine, a 30-day trial membership, for just $40. At the end of the trial period, the Y will waive the joiner fee, a savings of up to $50, for those who continue their membership.

    According to the American Heart Association, controlling your risks for developing heart disease is as easy as A,B,C:

    • Avoid tobacco

    • Become more active

    • Choose good nutrition

    Michelle Swogger, director of wellness, said, “At the Y, we believe one death is too many! We’re here to provide the tools and resources necessary to keep you and your family fit and healthy. We can help you jumpstart a heart-healthy lifestyle and help you avoid risky behaviors.”

    The Y will be sharing educational resources, exercise tips, recipes, and more all month long. You can help motivate others to live heart-healthy by wearing red on Feb. 7. Use National Wear Red Day to express your love and concern for the hearts of others and invite your loved ones to join you at the Y to get their hearts pumping.

    To learn more about fitness classes, personal training, and recreational programs for you and your family, go to www.ncymca.org.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

     

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  • Uniting Powerful Women

    January 20, 2014

    Y to host first women’s leadership luncheon

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan 20, 2014 –The New Castle Community YMCA is calling all powerful women to join them in strengthening our community through leadership. Learn more at the first annual “Uniting Powerful Women Luncheon” at the New Castle Country Club on Feb 7.  The luncheon, presented by Pizza Joe’s and ESB Bank, will challenge women to unite together and commit to leadership roles and volunteer opportunities within their workplaces, schools, churches and communities.

    Amy Fehrs, YMCA board vice-president and a member of the event committee, said, “Join us to see how women balance their personal and professional lives to willfully give of their time, talents and resources.”

    The Y has outlined four goals for the event, including:

    1. To increase leadership engagement by professional women in our community
    2. To encourage women to seek out and accept leadership roles within their chosen careers
    3. To communicate volunteer service opportunities available in New Castle, so women can get involved
    4. To encourage and promote professional networking among women

    Georgia Berner, president and CEO of Berner International, the first U.S. manufacturer of air curtains, will be the event’s featured speaker. Berner will speak about:

    • Her most significant achievements and greatest obstacles she’s overcome in her career
    • Life lessons she’s discovered throughout her career
    • How she balances work and personal life
    • Why community engagement is important

    About our Speaker

    After the death of her husband, Christian, Berner found herself in charge of an international business and a single mother to four children. Despite these circumstances, she managed to run the business with great success as the company expanded both growth and profits. While under her leadership, Berner International has become an employer of choice in the region, grown to over 65 employees and offers fully paid health benefits to all full-time employees.

    Berner has a bachelor’s degree in political science and two master’s degrees in English literature and social psychology. She has received numerous awards and accolades over her career, sits on a number of boards and is a recognized advocate for energy conservation, social programs and philanthropy in Pennsylvania, as well as nationally. She has also designed and developed a non-partisan website (www.whatifpost.com) that provides a comprehensive look at the problems and the options for reforming health care in America.

    Seating is limited for the event and women who want to attend should call the Y, 724-658-4766, to make a reservation. Tickets are $35 a person and will include lunch and a copy of the best-selling “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

    January 15, 2014

    Resolve to feel better in spirit, mind and body

    No join fee for new members through Jan 31

     

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan 10, 2014 – It’s not too late to make your New Year’s Resolutions and the New Castle Community YMCA is inviting you to take action and resolve to be well in spirit, mind and body in 2014. Through Jan 31, we’ll waive the joiner fee for all new members, a savings of $50-$124.

    Membership and Wellness Director, Michelle Swogger said, “Every New Year brings with it temptations to make big lofty goals. The Y wants to help you make 2014 different. Set smaller goals that are attainable and easy to sustain because they will lead to big benefits over time.”

    Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the Y believes you can attain and the best part is you and our community will benefit:        

    1.    Eat Healthy: Make water your drink of choice (supplemented by age-appropriate portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and eat more fruits and vegetables. Keep it interesting and create some variety by mixing and matching fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. 

    2.    Commit to Community Service: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in New Castle, such as cleaning the neighborhood park or distributing food at a local food bank.

    3.    Unplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, trip to the park, or have a game night at home with family or friends.

    4.    Be Physically Active: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.

    5.    Put Extras to Good Use: Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to our friends at the City Rescue Mission, the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and other local agencies who help our neighbors in need.

    For as little as $41/month for an adult or $61/month for a family you can become empowered to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure in 2014. Stop in to see us at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone in January for your tour and guest pass. Call us at 724.658.4766 or go to facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA or www.ncymca.org to learn about your membership benefits.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • DID YOU KNOW...

    October 9, 2013

    Many services, classes and amenities are free with a membership

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., October 9, 2013 – The New Castle Community YMCA is in the midst of its annual Membership Campaign. Through Nov 15, the Y is offering one-week guest passes and an opportunity to save big with a “Pay the Date” incentive.

    During this year’s campaign, the Y is focusing on communicating its seemingly-endless list of membership benefits to community members. With benefits such as free fitness classes and swim lessons, access to two facilities (Downtown Y & the Y-Zone) and on-site child care, the value of a Y membership is unparalleled.

    Membership and Wellness Director Erik Raney said, “We firmly believe that a Y membership is one of the great values in our community. The Y provides countless opportunities that are sure to strengthen your body, mind and spirit.”

    With over 6,000 members, much of the New Castle community already benefits from the Y.

    Jennifer Anderson, a proud mother of four children says that “progressive swim lessons changed my family’s life.” The Anderson’s frequently visit the Y and not just for swimming. “My kids swim four days a week and while they swim, I go to spin class and my youngest, Collin, enjoys his visits to drop-in daycare,” Anderson said.

    Many adult members take advantage of the Y’s free fitness classes, while also utilizing the recently-renovated, drop-in child watch center. Erika Grove, mother of three and member since 2006, turned to the Y when her husband was deployed to Iraq.

    “Taking fitness classes at the Y has made me a healthier and happier person. The instructors are wonderful and the Y is constantly offering newer and better classes.” In addition to improving her personal health, Grove is grateful for the example the Y sets for her daughters.

    “Not only do my girls enjoy swimming and the drop-in center, they see others living a healthy lifestyle and it sets a positive example for them.”

    The Y’s “Did You Know…” Membership Campaign runs now through Nov 15. Guest passes are available at the YMCA Downtown, the Y-Zone and online at ncymca.org and facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA. To learn more about the benefits of a Y membership, like us on Facebook.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Pool & Gymnasium Closings

    August 20, 2013

    As part of our yearly maintenance schedule, the pool at our Downtown Y will be closed from August 19 - August 30. Additionally, the Downtown Y's gymnasium will be closed from August 31 - September 8. While the gym is closed, we recommend that members visit the Y-Zone, where we have two, full-length basketball courts. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we strive to improve the condition of our facilities. 

  • YMCA TO SALUTE JIM WHERRY AT ANNUAL DINNER

    August 19, 2013

    James Wherry, a stroke survivor and community servant, will be honored on Oct. 3 at the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinner. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Villa Banquet Center. A reception begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65/person or $550/table of 10, and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown. The event is sponsored by PNC Bank. Other sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses may contact Bill Lutz, 724.658.4766, for information.

    About the Award

    The Salute to Courage award is given annually to a neighbor in our community who has demonstrated great courage in recovery from an accident, injury or illness, in living with a disability or through an act of heroism.

    Event planner, Lynise Massella, said, “One might expect Jim to be bitter for the things he has lost: control of his right side, independence, and to some degree his active lifestyle. On the contrary, he laughs, loves, dreams and continues to inspire his family and community. He is living proof that you can’t keep a good man down.”

    About the Recipient

    James “Jim” Wherry suffered a major stroke in July 2005 just three years into his retirement. His son Jeffrey recalls the attending psychiatrist telling the family that Jim had suffered the most damaging type of stroke and the least likely to be rehabilitated. His family was hopeful yet discouraged about the outcome that may follow, but Jim surprised them with his resoluteness to get better and desire to live a full, active life.

    Prior to retirement, Wherry worked as controller at Pecor Manufacturing, Vice President for Finance at Lockley Manufacturing in New Castle and as a payroll administrator for Interstate Chemical Company in Hermitage. He was an active biker, golfer and tennis player and had plans of traveling the world with his wife Elaine before the stroke.

    With his attention to detail and financial background, he spent over 30 years of his life volunteering as “the money man” and supporter for many local charities, including: The Lions Club, The Blind Association, The Red Cross, The Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Lawrence County, and Neshannock High School Boosters clubs.

    Wherry counts his blessings instead of his limitations and continues to travel locally, enjoys cruises and travels across the country in support of his grandchildren who are college athletes. He is active in the Lawrence Club and his church, First Presbyterian, and plays bridge weekly with friends. You can learn more about our courageous neighbor at the Y’s Salute to Courage dinner on Oct. 3.

    We help families learn, grow and thrive

    Event proceeds benefit the Y’s Youth Scholarship program, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1000 youth, adults and families in 2012-2013. The Y counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

     

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  • March into the Y for Easter Fun

    March 5, 2013

    Savings, Games, Good Food and Easter-themed fun await you this month

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., March 5, 2013 – March blew in like a lion at the New Castle Community YMCA, bringing with it lots of Easter savings and ways to support our youth and neighbors in need. If you haven’t been by the Y lately, hop in this month because there’s much to see and do!

    Stuff Your Basket: From March 4-8, the Scholastic Book Fair is on display in the Y’s Child Development Center. Books make a great Easter gift and you can stuff your basket full of ’em. A portion of every book sold helps provide books for our child care and preschool children. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a Summer Day Camp brochure and register before April 15 to save 50 percent off your children’s registration fee.

    Zumbathon (Shake it for Scholarships): Get your groove on at a Zumbathon to support the Y’s Youth Scholarship Fund on Sat, March 9. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a DJ will play Latin-inspired dance beats for you to enjoy and techno lights will provide a fun atmosphere. Zumbathon tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone.

    Pick your Savings: Through March 31, new members can save $10-$50 instantly when they play our “Pick Your Savings” game. When signing up for a membership, guests will have the opportunity to pick an Easter egg from our basket which will reveal their savings off the join fee.

    To sweeten the deal for members, a $50 gift certificate to Chuck Tanner’s Restaurant, is up for grabs. Members may enter the gift certificate raffle every time they bring a guest through March 28.  The winner of the drawing will be announced on the 28 and may be claimed in time to use at Tanner’s on Easter Sunday.

    March Madness (members only): Are you mad for NCAA basketball? Play March Madness at the Y and you’ll win something every time your team wins. To play, just contribute $10 or more to the Youth Scholarship Fund at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone. You will be assigned a team to follow throughout the tournament. Prizes for winning:

    Each Game: A guest pass to share with a friend

    Final Four Qualifiers: A 30-day extension on your membership

    National Champion: Free, one year youth or adult membership

    You must register to play March Madness before St. Patrick’s Day. The bracket is limited to 64 participants and you may only purchase one assigned team. Look for other ways to get involved in March Madness on our Facebook page or call Membership Director Erik Raney, 724.658.4766, for information.

    It’s a Good Friday: Join us March 29 at 8 a.m. for our annual Good Friday Breakfast to include a full, complimentary breakfast. The United Way’s Executive Director, Gayle Young, will share an inspirational message and the children’s choir from Bible Way Church of God will provide special music.

    Stop in to see us at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone in March to take advantage of all the savings, games, good food and Easter-themed fun. Go to facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA for news, schedules and events.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • PHIL FITTS FORD PRESENTS THE Y's THANKSGIVING DAY 5K

    October 22, 2012

    Phil Fitts Ford presents the Y’s Thanksgiving 5K Run & Walk & American Idol® contest

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., October 22, 2012 –The New Castle Community YMCA’s youth scholarship fund will be supported by two events in November. Go Further with Ford Night on Nov. 15 features an opportunity for American Idol® fans to win prizes like tickets to the show and a 2013 Ford Fusion. The Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk on Nov. 22 gives families a chance to fellowship and compete together before they gather at their tables to give thanks. Both events are presented by Phil Fitts Ford & Lincoln.

    GO FURTHER WITH FORD NIGHT FEATURES AMERICAN IDOL® CONTEST

    On Nov. 15, you can enter to win American Idol® tickets, a VIP experience or 2013 Ford Fusion and support the Y all by participating in the nation-wide Go Further with Ford night. Phil Fitts Ford is unveiling its 2013 Fusion during the City of New Castle’s Light Up night. Drop by the YMCA Downtown or the dealership to put your Idol judging skills to the test.

    Bill Fitts said, “Ford will donate $10 for each participant up to $500, when they test their judging skills with American Idol®. You’ll help a great charity, our local Y, and get a chance to win a new 2013 Ford Fusion and VIP American Idol prize package.”

    Contest participants will be asked to critique a music video starring the 2013 Fusion as the performer and their critique will be recorded. The winning video entry will be invited to an American Idol® taping as a VIP guest.

    THE THANKSGIVING DAY RACE

    “The Y invites runners, walkers and their families to participate in our 4th annual 5K Run & Walk Thanksgiving morning,” Wellness Director and race coordinator Chrissy Neff said. “Wheelchairs, strollers and pets on leashes are welcome.”

    Fitts said, “As a business owner here in New Castle, I find it very important to support our community. By sponsoring the Y’s annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Run & Walk, it’s a great way to give back to the community that supports Phil Fitts Ford, as well as bringing people together on the holidays for a fun, health-minded event.”

    The race features a live DJ, refreshments and an awards ceremony after the race. The top male and female overall finishers and the top three finishers in each age group will receive a medal. Age groups are: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+.

    “We hope to see at least 350 participants with their families on that morning,” Neff said.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the gym. Race packets will be distributed and t-shirts will be available while supplies last. The gym will also be open for participants to warm up before the race.

    The race starts at 9 a.m. in front of the YMCA Downtown and the course winds through downtown New Castle. Registration forms and course maps are available at www.ncymca.org. The race entry fee is $20/person if it’s postmarked by Nov. 10 and $25/person after Nov. 10 and on race day. Only those who pre-register are guaranteed a t-shirt.

    Jason Kmick, Y-Zone Branch Executive and race committee member said, “The race supports the Y’s Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to neighbors in crisis. We don’t turn anyone away from the Y because of inability to pay for membership or programs. Most often youth and families are referred to us by teachers, counselors and principals but anyone can apply for financial assistance.”

    The race is also sponsored by Center Stage Academy of Dance, R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., R.W. Cox Garage Doors, PABCOR, Inc., Neshannock Lions Club, Gallo’s Italian Villa, Mister B’s, Graziani Construction, Inc. and MedExpress Urgent Care. Sponsorships are still available and interested businesses should contact Neff or Kmick at 724.658.4766 for information.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • TRANSFORM YOUR LIFESTYLE

    October 17, 2012

     

    Free trials and no join fee for new members through Oct 31

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., October 17, 2012 – New Castle Community YMCA members Heather Headley, Rick Gay and Paul Gilboy have experienced transformations in body, mind and spirit at the Y. Through Oct 31, the Y is inviting you to begin your transformation by giving 1-week guest passes and waiving the joiner fee for all new members, a savings of $50-$124, during its annual wellness campaign. The Y is also giving away a 3-month family membership and a free youth swim, sports and play program on its Facebook page.

    Marketing Director Lynise Massella said, “Every person who comes to the Y comes for different reasons, but they all return because the Y is meeting a need for them. They continue to come because of the impact our staff and programs have had on them. Because each of our members has a unique story to tell, we wanted to focus our energy in showcasing a few ‘Storytellers’ in our annual wellness campaign. These members are telling in their own words how the Y has helped them transform their lifestyles.” 

    Meet Heather

    Heather Headley lost 60 pounds this year. A busy mom of three kids, ranging from ages 3-15, the Y made it easier for her to make positive changes and meet her wellness goals. She said, “Everyone fits in at the Y and the Y fits my family.” Now she has made an intentional effort to inspire others to do the same. To hear more of her story, find “Meet Heather” on youtube.com/ncymca1

    Meet Rick

    Rick Gay was in need of guidance and support in his wellness journey. A caring staff member began to mentor him. He said, “I needed help and she cares.” They discovered a similar interest: running. Now he trains at the Y for 5ks and marathons and has a better understanding of health and wellness. To hear more of his story, find “Meet Rick” on youtube.com/ncymca1

    Meet Paul

    Paul Gilboy suffered a mild stroke in December 2011 and credits the Y’s SilverSneakers® program with his successful recovery. “It [SilverSneakers®] is perfectly programmed for seniors and [the Y’s] much more than an exercise facility. Paul said the Y keeps his body agile, his mind active and gives him opportunities to make new friends. To hear more of his story, find “Meet Paul” on youtube.com/ncymca1

    Giveaways & Contests

    Everyone likes free stuff and the Y likes to give free stuff. The Y is holding two giveaways on Facebook this month for a 3-month family membership and a free youth swim, sports, or play program. Anyone who has liked our Facebook page through Oct 31 will be entered to win the family membership and kids can join in the storytelling by participating in the “Draw Your Story” coloring contest. For information on these giveaways and other events, go to facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA

    For as little as $40/month for an adult or $59/month for a family you can become empowered to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  Stop in to see us at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone in October for your tour and 1-week guest pass.  Go to facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA to download a guest pass for you and a friend.

     About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Y to Honor Neighbor at Salute to Courage event

    July 24, 2012

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., July 24, 2012 – Chris Niles, a Hickory Twp. man who is recovering from a spinal cord injury, will be honored on Sept.27 at the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinner. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Villa Banquet Center.  A reception begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65/person or $550/table of 10, and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown.  Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses may contact Bill Lutz, 724.658.4766, for information.

     About the Award

    The Salute to Courage award is given annually to a neighbor in our community who has demonstrated great courage in recovery from an accident, injury or illness, in living with a disability or through an act of heroism.

    Salute to Courage event coordinator, Lynise Massella, said, “The event committee feels Chris Niles has shown great courage throughout his accident and rehabilitation. We are happy to honor him in this way and hope others will be inspired by contagious zest for life.”

    About the Recipient

    About 16 months ago, Chris Niles did what any dad would do. In an attempt to keep his sons safe from a dead tree limb, Chris found himself trapped under it while cutting it down. The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.

    According to friend and former co-worker Melissa Colaluca, who nominated him for the award, “Chris is so positive in many ways. At work, he was always making everyone smile and his humor was unlike anyone’s. He never put anyone down or did anything to hurt the feelings of people, yet he always had us laughing basically at ourselves.”

    Colaluca said, “I can’t think of anyone who has had a life-changing accident and remained the same personality wise.” Colaluca recalls Chris joking with her about his accident just three weeks after and she is inspired by his determination to regain his life back.

    Chris’s mother, Kathy Howley, explains “Chris has been an active participant in his recovery. He has been to Panama three times for stem cell therapy, receiving injections from his own stem cells harvested from his bone marrow. He participates in intensive physical therapy three times a week. He continues to try and live life as normal as possible.”

    Chris returns to Panama this week for another round of stem cell therapy. You can learn more about this courageous neighbor at the Y’s Salute to Courage dinner on Sept. 27. 

    We help families learn, grow and thrive

    Event proceeds benefit the Y’s Youth Scholarship program, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1000 youth, adults and families in 2012-2013. The Y counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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