YMCA Open House

Friends of the Heritage YMCA recently held an open house to celebrate more members and renovated facilities.

Those achievements came after the group merged with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago one year ago following 100 years of the Heritage Group operating on its own.

At the event they talked about the newly formed Y Advancement Council, which brings together leaders here in Naperville to advocate on behalf of the YMCA facilities.

“Every day the YMCA in Naperville is changing lives for the better, through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” said Bruce Glawe, Chairman for the YMCA Advancement Council.

The merger increased the capacity of both organizations.

“Today our combined impact is 141,000 members, 10,000 volunteers, and 56 community facilities and that’s tremendous,” Joan Bever, Group Vice President for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. “That’s a lot of resources that we now can make available for our community across the board.”

Since the merger, the Y of Metropolitan Chicago has invested more than $700,000 in Naperville’s facilities, the Fry and Kroehler Y’s and the Sports Complex, and have further upgrades planned.

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