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Making Waves Fundraiser Finishes With A Splash

Ocean County YMCA reaches its goal for “Making Waves” initiative and thanks the entire community for supporting its endeavors.
Ocean County YMCA reaches its goal.

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – Nov. 16, 2022  — The Ocean County YMCA has reached its goal of raising $185,000 for the “Making Waves for the Next Generation” initiative.

The Making Waves initiative officially kicked off at the Y’s 2021 Red Triangle Reception last fall. Donations will benefit the improvements to the Y’s 12-lane aquatic center.

“From our swimmers and supporters to all our community partners and donors, we could not have done this without you,” said Gretchen Insole, Executive Director of the Ocean County YMCA. “We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our late board member Jim Buffum’s grandchildren on supporting us through their lemonade stand.”

Now that the Y has raised $185,000 through this initiative, The H. Hovnanian Family Foundation has graciously offered to match these fundraising efforts.

“Our Foundation is committed to giving back to those communities that are located in areas where our family has been fortunate enough to do business,” said Edele Hovnanian of the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation. “The YMCA is just the type of community strengthening organization that our foundation is proud to support.”

Michael P. Ritacco, Board of Directors’ Chair of the Ocean County YMCA, says, “Thousands of individuals from our community and beyond have enjoyed the pool for over 20 years and now they will have the opportunity to enjoy it for many more years to come.”

Insole continued, “We are grateful to the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation for its generous gift, as well as to the entire community for supporting our endeavors.”

To learn more about Ocean County YMCA or to donate to the “Making Waves for the Next Generation” initiative, please visit ocymca.org.

About the Ocean County YMCA

At the Y, we take immense pride in our work to strengthen communities and help all of us be our best selves. We provide a place to play, to learn, to be healthy, and to give back. We believe that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. Everything the Y does is in service of making sure people and communities thrive. To learn more, visit ocymca.org.

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