Fulton YMCA Thanks Community For Loving The Y

To the Editor:

For the third year, the Fulton YMCA has had the privilege of offering the best social event of the year in Fulton!  “Love the Y”  brought out a standing room only crowd to enjoy the evening and bid on hand painted and decorated original works of art on custom built love seats, bird houses and mirrors.  The event netted over $15,000 and the highest bid was $950 for “Crazy, Happy Fun for Birds” by Amy Johnston.  An additional loveseat, “Beachy Keen,” also decorated by Amy Johnston, was raffled and won by Christine Allen. Pauline Rasbeck added extra books to the summer seat.

There are many people to thank for the wonderful event.  Harvey Fadden built the 30 loveseats which were sponsored by local businesses and organizations and decorated by very talented people from Oswego County and surrounding areas. Special thanks go to Bob Hunter at C-Vac Filtration for the unlimited use of his building, Fred Bidwell Kustoms, Mark Fruce of Fruce Building Supply, Dave Molinari of NAPA Auto Parts, Jim Smith of Pittsburg Paints and Garry Stanard of Gosch Supply.  Carol Fox provided the delicious refreshments and the Cortinis’s Jazz Trio played for the appreciative audience.  Thanks to the Polish Home for their hospitality.

Steve Chirello of Chirello Marketing and Advertising did an outstanding job of promoting the event and Joe Cortini, our guest auctioneer, made the bidding fast and furious.  Dan Cummings from Channel 9 News provided plenty of color commentary about the artists as Master of Ceremonies.  The Oswego Valley News, Post Standard, and Palladium-Times, gave us terrific coverage. Dot-Publishing/Fulton Daily News was our media sponsor.

Love the Y sponsors were:  Foster Funeral Home, NAPA Auto Parts, Mama Gina’s, AL Lee Memorial Hospital, Babcock Oil, C&C Metal Fabricators, NestEgg/Empower Federal Credit Union, The Great Outdoors and Gosch Supply.  Additional sponsors were:  Eastern Shore and Associates, A&E Transport, Alliance Bank, Cayuga Community College, Steve Chirello Advertising, and HSBC USA NA.  Additional sponsors were:  Mimi’s Drive-In, Johnston’s Propane, Chubbies/Nellies This and That, Pathfinder Bank, Fulton Savings Bank, Family Chiropractic, Village Market IGA, Canalview Travel, Spencer Ludington, Esq., Unique Hair Shoppe/ Nails of Elegance, Pinnacle Dental Group, Isbell & Son Drainage, King’s Rubbish Removal, New Directions Tools and Equipment, and St. Onge Auto Body.

Love the Y artists were:  Laureen Whitney, Chuck Laman, John Munk and Mark Hemans, Kathy Horth, Jen Patterson, Sean Collins, Margaret Rusaw, Jen Marriner, Carol Singer and Leanna Chapman.  Additional artists were:  Sydney Scruton, Kelly Niccoli, Tammy Wood, Janet Weldin, Amy Johnston, Hannah Moyer and Kelsey Gillett, Nicole Tryt, Sue Bergan-Kesterke and Rashelle Pitcher.  Other loveseats were painted by Drew Clark, Amy Ambuske, Muggins LaGrou, Anna Clark, Rob and Mary Beth Hill, Ben Jarred, the Ludington Family and Patricia McElroy.

New this year was a silent auction of bird houses and mirrors.  These special pieces were decorated by Joan Speiser, Sandy Clift, Meanie Taylor, Betsy Bonnie, Mary Clark, Juliana Godfrey, Bev Isbell, Lisa Bittel, Gabriella Bittel, Amy Ambuske, Laureen Whitney, Muggins LaGrou, Amy Johnston, Sue Bergan-Kesterke, Tammy Wood, Lisa Davis, Jen Broderick, Lisa Bailey, Jen Patterson, Kathy Distin, Debbie St. Phillips and Sue Beckwith.

This wonderful event makes all the difference in the world for the Fulton YMCA.  It allows us to have a very positive presence in the community, gives us the opportunity to showcase wonderful artists and affords us the resources to provide quality programming at our facility and in the Fulton community.

Thank you to everyone involved in this terrific event.  What will we do next year?

Betty Fadden
Executive Director