January 26, 2015
On Friday, January 23, the Foglia YMCA of Metro Chicago celebrated the completion of a 9,000-square-foot expansion, which nearly doubles the size of the gymnasium and enables the YMCA to offer new programming for individuals and families in the community.
“I’ve lived in the area for over 20 years now. My family has grown up here, and my kids learned to swim at the Y. It’s been a great asset to the community,” said Steve Sorenson, Chair of the Foglia YMCA Board of Directors. “A couple of years ago, it started to occur to us that the demand in the community was greater than the supply of space that we had. We decided we wanted to change that and the result is what you see here.”
Foglia YMCA now boasts two gymnasiums, a climbing wall, high ropes course, new basketball courts and two multi-purpose classrooms. The new gymnasium opened on January 5, in time for the inclement weather that led to school closings across Metropolitan Chicago. “We had the opportunity to open up our gym to all those kids who had nowhere to go because the schools were closed. We had over 200 kids in here and we were able to mobilize an entire school program,” said Tony Janca, Executive Director of the Foglia YMCA.
Foglia YMCA serves more than 4,000 members and distributes over $240,000 in financial assistance, which allows children and adults to participate in programs they otherwise could not afford. “We don’t turn anyone away because of financial need, and I think that differentiates us from others,” said Richard Malone, President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. “We thank all the members of the Foglia YMCA Board because I know it’s not easy and it takes years to turn a place like this into what it is today.”
Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton added,“This YMCA has enhanced the lives of thousands of children and families in Lake Zurich, Hawthorne Woods, Kildeer, Barrington and the surrounding communities for the past 15 years. It has truly become a community anchor where neighbors gather, connect and stay healthy together.”
The expansion was made possible through the generous contributions and support of philanthropists Vince and Pat Foglia, civic leaders and community members.
“My grandkids use this place, and I’m so pleased to have my name on this place,” said Vince Foglia. “I’m excited for this expansion. We got exactly what we wanted, maybe even a little bit more because it lives on because so many people support it. It’s just gorgeous, and we’ll have a lot more kids that we can serve.”
The celebration was followed by a Fitness and Program Fair, which was attended by nearly 300 individuals and families from the community.
View photos from the Expansion Reveal Celebration and Fitness and Program Fair
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