Sussex County YMCA raises $43,423

HARDYSTON. Funds from the annual golf outing will be used to help families who qualify for assistance pay for Y programs or memberships.

| 04 Jul 2024 | 04:22

The Sussex County YMCA raised $43,423 at its 22nd annual Golf Outing on May 22 at the Ballyowen Golf Club in Hardyston.

The event drew 90 golfers.

“It’s truly inspiring to witness the community unite in support of the Y’s mission,” said Dan Elwell, chief development officer for the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, including the Sussex County Y.

“We deeply appreciate the dedication of the players, donors, staff and volunteers who have consistently backed the Y throughout this annual event. The funds raised will significantly impact the lives of those who rely on the Y, not just for fitness, but also for chronic disease prevention, cancer recovery programs, after-school child care, essential swim lessons and numerous other vital services.”

The Golf Outing raises money for the Y’s annual support campaign and will be used to help families who qualify for assistance pay for Y programs or memberships.

In 2023, the Sussex County Y provided financial assistance to one in four children in summer camps and one in seven children in its before- and after-school child-care programs.

Funds raised also will support free programs, such as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for adults wanting to regain their strength after having gone through cancer treatment; Safety Around Water, a drowning prevention program for children; Y First physician’s referral program; and memberships offered at no cost to middle school students.

“Thanks to this year’s successful event, more people will be able to participate in our programs at affordable costs, because financial concerns should never stand in the way of being part of the Y,” said Corey Brown, executive director of the Sussex County Y.

The Golf Outing honored Bruce Bagdan for his integral role in the Sussex County Y’s nearly 50-year history. The outing also paid homage to the late Raymond W. Cordts, a champion of numerous community causes and a former Golf Outing Committee member and past honoree, with the return of the Raymond W. Cordts Memorial Golf Ball Cannon.