Groundbreaking Ceremony – Distinguished guests gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking that marked the beginning of Somerset Hills YMCA’s expansion project, including (left to right) President of Frankoski Construction, Joseph Frankoski; Somerset County YMCA Senior VP & CFO, Karyn Lightcap; President of Somerset County Business Partnership, Mike Kerwin; Mayor of Bernards Township, John Carpenter; Chair of Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors, Mark Irwin; Somerset County YMCA President & CEO, David Carcieri; Somerset Hills YMCA employee and Special Olympian, Kristen Clark; Somerset County Freeholder, Mark Caliguire; Vice Chair of Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors, John McManus; Property Development Committee and Somerset Hills YMCA Branch Board Member, Michael Osterman; Somerset Hills YMCA Executive Director, Cheryl Tuturice; Somerset County YMCA Vice President of Property Development, John Gorman; Principal of Kramer & Marks Architects, George Marks; and Somerset Hills YMCA Branch Board Member and Founder of the Saturdays in Motion Program, Art Raynes.
September 5, 2018 - Somerset Hills YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, officially broke ground during a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a $7.0 million expansion project that will enhance the Y’s ability to serve the community.
As a charitable organization, the Y’s cause is to strengthen community. Somerset County YMCA is delivering on that cause by investing in Somerset Hills YMCA in order to best serve the health and wellness needs of Somerset Hills residents, as well as to meet emerging community needs. The Somerset Hills YMCA expansion is part of the Y’s “Strong Past, Bright Future” campaign–a campaign to support reinvestment projects for all four branches of Somerset County YMCA.
“With over 145 years of serving Somerset County, the Y has established a strong past as the foundation upon which to build a bright future. We are setting our sights higher because we believe our Y holds great promise,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “This project is about more than bricks and mortar. It’s about the impact it will have in the community by removing barriers for everyone to be physically active; by creating a safe, positive environment for social connections; by expanding programs for children, adults, seniors, and individuals with special needs and all abilities; and by offering even more preventative health programs and addressing social issues.”
Community leaders and local officials were on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking to demonstrate their commitment to the Y’s cause. Event attendees included Somerset County Freeholder, Mark Caliguire; Assemblyman Erik Peterson’s Chief of Staff, Kevin Oswald; Bernards Townsip Mayor, John Carpenter; Somerset County Business Partnership President and CEO, Mike Kerwin; members of Somerset County YMCA’s Board of Directors and Somerset Hills YMCA’s Branch Board.
“In my family, our lives revolve around the Y. I understand the value the Y brings to the community,” commented Somerset County Freeholder, Mark Caliguire. “The fact that Somerset Hills YMCA needs to expand is great – it means that the Y is helping more people to improve wellness and get healthier. In fact, Somerset County is the 2nd healthiest county in the state. I applaud the board, donors and staff for making this expansion a reality.”
At the groundbreaking event, Art Raynes, a longtime Y member, branch board member and founder of the Y’s Saturdays in Motion program, shared his thoughts on the importance of the expansion. ”For 27 years my family has had so much fun running Saturdays in Motion, the volunteer-led recreational program for children with autism at the Y,” remarked Mr. Raynes. “They Y has always been exceptionally welcoming and accepting, especially to individuals with varying abilities. At the Y, we look beyond the disability and just see the person – that is what makes this an incredible place. This expansion will lead to even greater inclusion and participation.”
The Somerset Hills YMCA project, a two-story, 14,000 square foot addition to the back of the building, will include an expanded, modern Wellness Center on the first floor, and three new multipurpose studios, one new Spinning® studio with tiered levels, one renovated multipurpose room and new, larger restrooms on the second floor. Additionally, an upgraded mechanical system will improve climate control and comfort throughout the building.
Somerset Hills YMCA’s ambitious project is the result of hard work and collaboration on behalf of Somerset County YMCA’s dedicated board volunteers and staff leadership over the past three and a half years, as well as the generous support of donors. Through philanthropy, donors to the Y’s campaign have an opportunity to make a meaningful and lasting impression on the community. For more information on how to support the project, please contact Kelly Castro, vice president of philanthropy, at 908 630 3535 x100.