There is nothing like receiving an invite to a beautiful home high atop Mt. Washington, one of the beautiful homes that you have driven by and always dreamed of going in.

On June 8, the Third Annual Wine & Cheese Soiree benefiting the Centre Avenue & Thelma Lovette YMCA’s Annual Building Bridges Campaign was held. On a beautiful Friday evening guests found their way to the multi-tiered home of Anna Singer and Don Kortlandt. Guests were invited to visit each floor and soak in the fabulous views. Each year the Dozens enjoyed the cuisine of the Wooden Nickel and indulged in raffles for superb gift baskets.

YMCA BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF—Shannel Givner, Shannon Faulhaber, Kimberly Wood, Tom Burley, Leon Haley, Aaron Gibson, Ann Haley, Brenda Tate and Tamiko Stanley (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

The accomplishments of the Thelma Lovette/Centre Avenue Y continue to grow and prosper because of the belief in the mission of the branch. Since opening the Thelma Lovette Y Facility in April, an array of programming and classes have been provided for the community. More than 1,500 people have now joined as members and in the short time that the Y has been opened, $15,000 in scholarships has been presented to families that could not afford memberships.

Leon Haley was on hand to sign his book, “A Citadel of Hope: The Centre Avenue YMCA, A History.” All proceeds from the sale went to men’s programs at the YMCA.

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