The Y’s Centennial Celebrations Have Begun

In 1917 the Y opened its doors and nearly 100 years later the Y is thriving as it serves the local community. July 1 marks the beginning of our new fiscal year, so as we enter FY17 we’re entering celebration mode. And we have so much to celebrate and be proud of!

At its heart the Y is a community organization so it made sense that our first celebratory event was routed in the local community: the Nagle Avenue – Sidney Offerman Way Co-naming Ceremony. On Friday, June 17 the Y was pleased to host over 20 members of the Offerman Family to honor their patriarch, Sidney Offerman. He was a key player in the Y’s history, shaping the organization into the wide-reaching, community-support agency it is today. The City of New York recognized this contribution to the greater community by co-naming Nagle Avenue, so on the 17th we came together to witness the unveiling of Sidney Offerman Way.

The following Monday we shared our excitement on a global stage: in honor of the Y’s centennial anniversary the New York Stock Exchange invited us to ring their iconic bell. On June 20 a group of board members, staff, and Summer Youth Employment Program participants gathered on the NYSE’s balcony and trading floor to cheer as CEO Martin Englisher rang the Closing Bell.

About the Y
Established in 1917, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is Northern Manhattan’s premier Jewish community center — serving an ethnically and socio-economically diverse constituency — improving the quality of life for people of all ages through critical social services and innovative programs in health, wellness, education, and social justice, while promoting diversity and inclusion, and caring for those in need.

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