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YMCA tees up for meaningful fundraiser

By on July 3, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Pictured, two TEAMWORK members and a volunteer take a break from playing cornhole at last year’s tournament. (submitted photo)

When Scott Spinner became executive director of the Monroe County YMCA last September, one of the first tasks he completed was finding out what was going well at the Y. 

One tip he heard from almost everyone was the organization’s inaugural TEAMWORK Golf Classic  fundraiser, held earlier that summer, was a huge success.

With that in mind, Spinner said he had an easy decision to make.

“It was a no-brainer to make it an annual tournament,” Spinner said. 

Because of that advice, the second annual TEAMWORK Golf Classic will take place July 13 at Annbriar Golf Course beginning at noon. 

The fundraiser began after the Y started running the Transitioning Exceptional Adults into Meaningful Work program. 

Current Monroe County YMCA board member Jon Wehrenberg founded the nonprofit to help young adults with special needs become productive and independent adults after high school.

“He felt called to support a need in the community that wasn’t being met,” Spinner explained. “He felt a need to support these young men and women in this transition.”

When TEAMWORK continued growing, the Y took it over to accommodate the newly required manpower necessary to run the program. 

As part of the program, the Y provides support to the young adults through education and job training, social events, health and wellness initiatives and volunteerism. 

The program is catered toward the individual’s wants and needs. 

“We want to empower (TEAMWORK members) to live more independently,” Spinner said. “Everyone’s potential to do that is different. For some that might mean living on their own. For others it might be that their goal is just to have a job.”

Since TEAMWORK is still in its early stages at the Y, Spinner said the golf tournament is designed to help it expand the program…>>>

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James Moss