2009 impact report

For generations, lives have

been rewritten and renewed at the YMCA. Though the circumstances vary – health issues, financial hardships, children left home alone, growing up without a role model – they have one thing in common: the YMCA is the catalyst that transforms dire situations into footnotes on someone’s path to becoming a better person, friend and citizen.

Roy Wright, dedicated morning exerciser, donor, & volunteer

YMCA connects Roy Wright to his community
As a 30-year Buckhead YMCA member, donor and volunteer, Roy Wright says he was looking for a place to exercise but found a whole lot more. “The Y does so much beyond health and wellness. I was not aware of its broad scope before I became a volunteer,” he says. “What really stands out is the camaraderie and inclusive feel. Working out in the mornings, I see a wide range of people. Everyone is dressed to exercise, so you don’t know what anyone does or how much money they have. There is no agenda. Everyone is there for the same purpose. Everyone is equal.” Roy joined the Northside YMCA on Roswell Road in the 1970s, and you’ll still find him at the Y most days by 6 a.m. He’s served as a board member for 20 years and chaired the Buckhead Y board. He was an integral member of the capital campaign committee to build the Windsor soccer complex and the current Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA. The Buckhead YMCA is celebrating 10 years of connecting with the community, and Roy says the impact is remarkable. “This YMCA opened with 1,200 members, and today we have more than 15,000 facility and program members, meaningful outreach programs and active partnerships. I am so proud to be involved with this rewarding community work.”

Mary Jo Corsetti honored as 2009 Volunteer of the Year
Mary Jo Corsetti established the Carl E. Sanders Family Y lacrosse program to be the feeder program for all high school and middle school programs in the Buckhead area. “I love the satisfaction of knowing and helping young people learn, grow, engage, give back, and take responsibility,” says Mary Jo. “My experience with the Y has been heartwarming. It certainly is something I wish I had when I was a child. I want parents to know we've created a special environment for their kids. The YMCA holds true to its values, so parents know their kids are in a great place.”

Mary Jo Corsetti

Kristin McEwen

More than just a game As a coach, Eric Hartz creates an impact
A dedicated father, Eric Hartz is a six-year, volunteer coach for girls soccer at the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead. He spends his evenings and weekends encouraging and teaching young girls on the field. More importantly, he recognizes the impact of YMCA sports programs when the players are away from the game and at home, school or with their friends. The Y soccer program provides a place to build life skills like healthy competition, teamwork,

conflict resolution, and participating in enjoyable physical activity. “Soccer is something these kids can take with them for life,” Eric says. “I’ve developed friendships and met new people in Atlanta and during my travels simply by throwing on cleats and joining a game. The joys of soccer are cross-cultural and understood in any language.” Many members don’t know the soccer program exists, because the Sanders Buckhead YMCA fields are off site. For the past 33 years, the Windsor Parkway complex has been home to

Buckhead YMCA youth and adult soccer leagues. In 2009, more than 3,000 soccer players and 1,000 lacrosse players gathered on these fields. Located at Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Windsor Parkway, the complex underwent its first phase of improvements in summer 2009. The renovations included improving the parking areas, adding a new entrance and curbing and landscaping to enhance the overall appearance.

Eric Hartz

Susie Avzardel & Traci Crowder

Joshua Wojtowicz

How I learned to have fun and make a difference
By Joshua Wojtowicz
My name is Joshua. I am nine years old, and the YMCA has been part of my life since I was little. One summer we came to the pool. It was awesome. I didn’t know how to swim like everyone else, and it made me want to learn how. I started taking lessons from Coach Diana and have been swimming ever since. I am on the Buckhead Barracudas swim team at the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA. I also swim in a summer league at Chastain Park. I really like my coach, Danny, because he likes to have fun. But, he makes us work really hard. I get to learn while having a good time in the water. I practice five days a week, and my swimming has really developed over the last two years. My fastest 25-yard freestyle time is 17.38 seconds. Last year, I swam 104 laps in the Aqua-thon to raise money for the YMCA Partner With Youth campaign. I like knowing I can do what I like and help others at the same time. Before I could swim, I didn’t do much at all. Now that I know how to swim and made the Y swim team, I am amazed to see how much I can do. I have a lot more confidence in myself. I want to go to the Olympics some day, so I have to start training now.

Members support each other and inspire others
Best friends Susie Avzardel and Traci Crowder are familiar faces at the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead. Both women found a place to belong at the Y because of its outreach program. They enjoy a variety of Y activities. Susie likes the cardio machines and strength training equipment, especially the leg press. Traci prefers walking on the indoor track and playing basketball. Turbo Kick, a high-intensity cardio exercise class, is one of their favorite group classes. Susie also participates in THE COACH APPROACH®, an exercise support process designed by the Metro Atlanta YMCA to give members the skills to stick with physical activity. In just two months, Susie lost seven pounds, lowered her blood pressure and cut her diabetes medication in half. Susie and Traci say they are impacted by their YMCA, where they meet new friends, try new activities and maintain healthy lifestyles. They, in turn, inspire their fellow members, wellness coaches and group exercise instructors with their positive attitudes, genuine laughter and daily perseverance.






Y Program Offers Safety, Enriching Activities & Hope
These friends enjoy their afternoons at the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead, part of an after-school enrichment program. Along with 60 other children ages six to12 from Scott Elementary School and Bolton Academy, they come to the YMCA daily and participate in recreational, academic and creative activities.
Kayla Thomas “I like having a place to play outside without fear of the crime that surrounds my home. My mom likes the YMCA because it keeps me out of trouble. It also helps me perform better in school because I can get help with my homework. The counselors are encouraging, and I look up to them.” Kayla enjoys just being able to go outside and play on the playground.

Rachel Cruz “I love to be creative and have an opportunity to express myself. At home, I have no one to play with after school. I go home alone and can’t go outside by myself. I love coming to the Y to do arts & crafts. I feel joyful when I am here with my friends.” Rachel loves having a creative outlet. Jailyn Hart “The YMCA is fun, but it’s more than that, too. I have played new sports, learned to swim and joined a dance group. The counselors are important role models to me. They teach me it is important to show character even when no one is looking.” Jailyn is excited about new Y activities she has tried like yoga and hip hop. Jaylon Banks “I am pretty shy. But at the YMCA, each new activity is an opportunity to learn and challenge myself. The YMCA helps me and my friends. It makes us see a future.” Jaylon excels in gymnastics, but he also enjoys swim lessons.

2009 Partner With Youth Annual Campaign Donors
Donors and partners contribute to the Partner With Youth annual campaign which provides financial assistance for YMCA programs or membership. The YMCA is open to all regardless of income, and strives to make its programs affordable and accessible.
$5,000+ Bank of America Cybex FitLinxx Leodelle Lassiter Jolley Foundation Sadler and Teed Poe Governor Carl Sanders $1,000-$4,999 Peter and Lisa Aman Robert Anastasi James L. Benjamin Matthew and Kimberly Berry Nancy Blank Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation John Burch Camp Family Foundation Stephen Carter Elizabeth Chrane Robert Chrane Jr. Church’s Chicken Lou and Mary Jo Corsetti The Croft Family E. Stockton Croft B. Scott Doll Sandra Ecker Equifax Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Excel Electrical Technologies Elisa Ezor Andrea Farley Chip Franzoni Adam Fuller Stephen Gallant Carl M. Hair Jr. Hardin Construction Co. JAMCO Elizabeth Jump J.T. King King and Spalding Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. We apologize for any misprints or omissions. Please notify us of any corrections. Photos by LAPiD Photography $500-$999 Tom and Marye Kate Aldridge Foundation Honey Barnes Tommie Benefield Bijoux Terner Challenger Sports Sheldon Cohen Heidi Deringer Joan O’Brien Diemer C. Suzanne Doolan Brett and Julie Duffy David Eichenblatt Georgia Snack Vending Amy Grames Ignition, Inc. Kleber Family Foundation Meridian Surgical Partners, LLC PODS Micki Robinson Andy Scherffius MJ and Courtney Severson Southern Pan Services Maarten Kuik Life Fitness John Majors Scott and Kristin McEwen Sean Moynihan Publix Super Markets Charities Holly Rhodes Russell Sewell Jr. Sheldon Snipe Star Trac Superior Essex, Inc. Tensar Corp. Jeff Tucker Terri Jackson Wade Yakima Products, Inc. Comer Yates Adam Zimmerman $250-$499 Joseph Ambler Joe Becknell Jim Buckler John Cook Dane Belt Ross & Associates Olen Earl Richard Flexner Charles Heinz Robert Heller Jackson Healthcare Gay Miller Kahn Bradley Ladden Donna Leonard Matthew Levin Michael MacGilvray David Marmins Peter McGaffigan Ruth McGehee Toby Merlin Nonami Foundation, Inc. Forrest Old Carol Raeber George Reid Greg and Laura Rhodes Steve Robison Roedl Langford de Kock Mitesh Shah L. Barry Teague United Way of Central and Northwestern Connecticut Mary Alice Young Don Zimmerman Steve Zoukis Diana Tollerson Chris and Linda Trower Varel International W. James Wade Jodie Williams Barry Wright Roy Wright

Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead Board of Managers
Board Chairman Maarten Kuik Euram, Inc. Lisa Bael Aman James L. Benjamin Robert Chrane Jr. Lou Corsetti Xrm Global, Inc. E. Stockton Croft Arcapita, Inc. Elisa Ezor Andrea Farley Troutman Sanders LLP Attorneys at Law Andrew P. Feinour Carter & Associates Chip Franzoni Adam Fuller Homrich & Berg, Inc. Stephen Gallant Carl M. Hair Jr. Hardin Construction Company, LLC Michael Hobbs Troutman Sanders LLP Attorneys at Law Elizabeth K. Jump Jonathan Katz Turner Entertainment Group John Majors Harold A. Dawson Company Rob Morris Sean Moynihan Newmark Knight Frank Sadler Poe Alston & Bird, LLP, Retired Holly Rhodes Jace E. Rogers Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Russell N. Sewell Jr. Georgia Capitol Partners Carmen Toledo King and Spalding Terri Jackson Wade SJ Pharmaceuticals, LLC William A. Whipple Jr. Roy Wright Love Properties, Inc. Comer Yates Atlanta Speech School Adam Zimmerman Career Sport & Entertainment

YMCA Mission
Your YMCA, reflecting its Judeo-Christian heritage, is an association of volunteers, members and staff, open to and serving all, providing programs and services which develop spirit, mind, and body. Financial assistance is available based on need. The YMCA actively seeks to identify and involve those in need.

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“It is great to be able to partner with an organization that inspires and builds. The YMCA never divides but only multiplies their gifts of giving.”
Nicole Hodges, program director Learning Link Center/Hampton Oaks

Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead
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