A Great Place to Grow

The Sage YMCA strengthens community. Through the Y, children, teens, and adults develop the skills and relationships they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.


The current Sage YMCA facility isn’t big enough to hold our vision for this community. It’s certainly not big enough to hold community leader and philanthropist Vince Foglia’s vision. That is why we are proud to announce that with an incredible leadership gift from the Foglia family, we will be launching a capital campaign to support renovation of the Sage YMCA facility.

We have developed plans to expand the facility from 29,000 square feet to a total of 71,000 square feet. The renovated facility will feature enhanced childcare facilities, a family locker room, and expanded fitness facilities. Enhanced aquatics facilities will include a competition pool with viewing area for our award winning swim team and our community gathering spaces will encourage family and community togetherness.

View our soon to be unveiled classrooms, drop in child care and the indoor play area !


Our community needs a gathering place where children learn important life skills like swimming and teamwork, where young families meet and make friends, and where parents develop close bonds with sons and daughters. We need a safe, wholesome place where teens develop independence and good character, and where senior citizens meet to socialize and stay active.

The Sage YMCA is this place–a destination that will serve the children and families of McHenry County for years to come. Serving nearly 3,000 people each year, families come to the Sage Y from a number of communities, including Crystal Lake, Cary, Lake In The Hills, Fox River Grove, Woodstock, and McHenry.

Interest in our services has grown exponentially since we opened the doors as the Sage YMCA in June 2011. Membership has tripled, and collaborations have been made other nonprofits like the Boy Scouts and to public school systems to reach even more people. Over 131,000 people live within a 5-mile radius of the Sage YMCA campus, including 8,000 children under the age of four. This population is projected to grow 8% by 2015.

Support the SAGE YMCA vision

  • Invest in the Sage YMCA Vision with a gift to our Capital Campaign. Your support will help build a facility that will serve generations of families in our community.
  • Volunteer. As a member of our Campaign Steering Committee, you can help us make the Sage YMCA Vision a reality and change lives for the better.
  • Make a gift to the Annual Fund. Your support keeps the Y open and
    accessible to everyone.

Donate Today

Please contact Robyn Ostrem at 815.526.1630 or rostrem@ymcachicago.org
to learn more about how you can support the Sage YMCA expansion project.

8,000 Y Members

$80,000 in annual community support

Serving our community for over 60 years

More than 20 volunteers


When it was founded 47 years ago, the YMCA of McHenry County operated within an incredible wooded acreage. At that time, McHenry County had only 84,000 residents. Through the years, a suburban community sprang up around this natural oasis. As the local population grew to over 308,000, the programs at the YMCA of McHenry County became even more important.

The YMCA of McHenry County provided important services – including childcare, day camp for youth, and sports and fitness activities for people of all ages. But in 2010, the YMCA of McHenry County was struggling financially and questioning whether it could survive. Its leadership decided to file for bankruptcy. Fortunately for the community, Vince Foglia decided “We must have a Y in McHenry County. “I’m going to do what it takes to make that happen,” Vince said.

In March 2011, a gift from the Foglia Family enabled the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago to assume management of the McHenry County YMCA. In recognition of this contribution the facility was renamed the Sage YMCA.


The Y of Metro Chicago transforms lives and communities.

The Sage YMCA is a proud to be a part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

People know us best for swimming, water safety and fitness, but that’s just part of what we do. The Y develops and nurtures the potential of more than half a million people each year. Our nonprofit network of 25 membership centers, five camps and hundreds of programs across the city and suburbs provide everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow.

Motivated by the causes of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y opens doors, builds character, strengthens neighborhoods and brings families together.



Vincent J. Foglia
Vice President, Sage Products

Vincent W. Foglia
President, Sage Products

Robert Blazier
Community Leader

Scott Brown
President and COO at Sage Products

Ervin LeCoque
Community Leader

Lisa Waggoner
The Waggoner Law Firm, P.C.


Richard H. Malone
President and CEO,
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Denise Lam
Vice President and COO,
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Jill Doerner
Group Vice President,
North Suburban Region

Robyn Ostrem
Executive Director,