or generations, lives havebeen rewritten and renewed atthe YMCA. Though thecircumstances vary – healthissues, fnancial hardships,children let home alone,growing up without a role model– they have one thing incommon: the YMCA is thecatalyst that transorms diresituations into ootnotes onsomeone’s path to becoming abetter person, riend and citizen.
, dedicatedmorning exerciser,donor, & volunteer
YMCA connects Roy Wrightto his community
As a 30-year Buckhead YMCA member, donor andvolunteer, Roy Wright says he was looking or a placeto exercise but ound a whole lot more. “The Y does somuch beyond health and wellness. I was not aware oits broad scope beore I became a volunteer,” he says.“What really stands out is the camaraderie andinclusive eel. Working out in the mornings, I see a widerange o people. Everyone is dressed to exercise, soyou don’t know what anyone does or how much moneythey have. There is no agenda. Everyone is there or thesame purpose. Everyone is equal.”Roy joined the Northside YMCA on Roswell Road in the1970s, and you’ll still fnd him at the Y most days by6 a.m. He’s served as a board member or 20 yearsand chaired the Buckhead Y board. He was an integralmember o the capital campaign committee to buildthe Windsor soccer complex and the current Carl E.Sanders Family YMCA.The Buckhead YMCA is celebrating 10 years oconnecting with the community, and Roy says theimpact is remarkable. “This YMCA opened with 1,200members, and today we have more than 15,000 acilityand program members, meaningul outreach programsand active partnerships. I am so proud to be involvedwith this rewarding community work.”
Mary Jo Corsetti honored as2009 Volunteer of the Year
Mary Jo Corsetti established the Carl E. SandersFamily Y lacrosse program to be the eeder programor all high school and middle school programs in theBuckhead area.“I love the satisaction o knowing and helping youngpeople learn, grow, engage, give back, and takeresponsibility,” says Mary Jo. “My experience with the Yhas been heartwarming. It certainly is something I wishI had when I was a child. I want parents to know we'vecreated a special environment or their kids. The YMCA holds true to its values, so parents know their kids arein a great place.”