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Heritage YMCA Group Receives $5K Grant From Community Foundation

For further information:
Tom Beerntsen, President/CEO
Heritage YMCA Group
630.420.6277

The Heritage YMCA Group with branches in Aurora, Naperville and Oswego has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to support the equipping of the new Teen Lounge in the expanded YMCA facility in Oswego. The YMCA now occupies over 22,000 square feet of space in the old Traughber Jr. High School located at 160 E. Washington Street in Oswego, which has been renamed the Oswego 308 Center and is now home base for a number of local community organizations including the Oswego Senior Center.

The Teen Center in the YMCA will include a Teen Lounge and a Teen Game Room. The grant from the Community Foundation will provide program opportunities which currently do not exist for young people in Oswego.

The new YMCA facility includes a double court gym with spectator space for over 300 individuals, an aerobic space with a specially cushioned wood floor, a greatly expanded cardio studio with new equipment, a large free weight room, multi-purpose area, child supervised play area, five rooms dedicated to arts programming and outdoor athletic fields for sports programming. Brent Finlay, Oswego Family YMCA Executive Director, indicated that the community interest in the new building areas has been very promising. “Our new YMCA facility is ideally located in Oswego to serve kids and families conveniently. Our unique partnership with the school district will allow us to double, if not triple, our membership by the end of this year,” Finlay concluded.

The new YMCA is now open for use. The community is invited to visit the Oswego Family YMCA and tour the new facility. The formal grand opening ceremonies and activities are scheduled for Saturday, September 19th from 10am to 4pm. The ribbon cutting is scheduled at 10am. Activities that day will include inflatables, sports demonstrations, drawings for free memberships and programs, light refreshments. tours of the facilities, and more.

For more information about Oswego Family YMCA programs, visit our Web site atwww.ymcachicago.org/oswego or call them at (630) 551-0797.

Further information regarding the Community Foundation is available atwww.CommunityFoundationFRV.org or by calling (630) 896-7800.

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