Throughout the Boothbay Region, people know the YMCA. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. From exercise to education, from volleyball to volunteering, from preschool to preventive health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies — we strengthen community. Your contribution to the Annual Fund will make it possible for children, families and adults to have access to Y programs that improve their lives. Give generously today!
Meet the Repa family, our 2021 Annual Fund chairs:
Anyone familiar with the Boothbay Region would be hard-pressed to find a person here who hasn’t heard of Ted and Betty Repa. Summer residents since 1999, the couple turned the Boothbay Region into their permanent residence in 2001. The retired educators lend their time, humor, and leadership to worthy organizations across the region, and this year, the peninsula is fortunate enough to have their support as the Boothbay Region YMCA’s 2020 Annual Fund Chairs.
While we suspect that the prospect of a global pandemic might have dissuaded the pair had it been predicted, Ted and Betty have both dived right in to the challenging work of raising $300,000 to support the Y’s community initiatives. Of course, this comes as no surprise since both are long time participants of the yearly Penguin Plunge and avid swimmers at the Bosarge Aquatics Center. Moreover, the couple has been playing tennis at the Y for years, praising the wide range of healthy living programming available within its walls. “It’s the heartbeat of the community,” Betty notes. Ted echoes this sentiment by adding “Yes, it’s a very special place.”
So why raise money during such a troubling time? Well frankly, because we have to. Without annual contributed support, the BRYMCA simply can’t continue to offer the outreach and enrichment services that it always has, to the people who need it most. Many of us have suffered fiscal losses due to the effects of COVID-19 and non-profits are no exception. Annual Fund dollars gifted to the Y go directly to support things like:
- Serving more than 1,800 weekend meals since March
- Supporting families and essential workers with childcare services
- Engaging the region’s children in meaningful after school activities
- Empowering youth and adults with disabilities to explore the arts and humanities
- Ensuring that all children in the region can learn to swim and be safe in the water
- Promoting wellness initiatives through LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA, Rock Steady Boxing, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, and Diabetes Prevention Programs
- Providing financial assistance to 1 in 3 members
Ted and Betty are the first ones to point out the elephant in the room that these are tough times for all of us, especially for our friends and family who may have been struggling already. Yet, the stakes have never been higher. Part of overcoming adversity is making a difference with limited resources and the Y has always done just that. We can’t think of anyone better to share that meaningful message with our friends from home and away than this year’s chairs. If you are able, please consider making a contribution to the 2020 Annual Fund—your gift will be put to work as soon as it is received to support families and individuals in need right here in our community.