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Joann Rajoppi, Union County Clerk, Presents Donation to The Gateway Family YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign

The Gateway Family YMCA Donation

Joanne Rajoppi presents YMCA leaders with a donation to the Annual Support Campaign. (Left to Right) Calvin Sierra, YMCA Board of Directors, Joanne Rajoppi, County of Union, Krystal R. Canady, CEO, Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, and Joseph Venezia, Board Chair of The Gateway Family YMCA.

ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY (July, 2014) — On Tuesday, July 29, Joanne Rajoppi, Union County Clerk presented a generous donation to The Gateway Family YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign. The donation, which was presented to Krystal R. Canady, CEO, Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, Calvin Sierra, YMCA Board of Directors and Joseph Venezia, Board Chair of The Gateway Family YMCA, will provide funding to the Y’s financial assistance program for membership, programs and services.

Every day, The Gateway Family YMCA works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues. The Gateway Family YMCA uses financial gifts to help individuals and families in need participate in programs such as: Early Learning Readiness – school readiness, Diabetes Prevention Program – chronic disease prevention, employment skills training, teen leadership programs, supportive housing, and social services in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union. “As a charity, we ‘re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO of The Gateway Family YMCA.

The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. From Exercise to Education, from Health to Housing, from Volleyball to Volunteerism, from Preschool to Preventive Health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies– it strengthens people, families and communities. “We rely on the support of the community to enable us to continue to provide the services our neighbors so greatly need,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO of The Gateway Family YMCA, “Community donations allow us to provide programs and services to a larger population who may not have had an opportunity to benefit otherwise.”

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. To learn more about the Y’s cause, please contact The Gateway Family YMCA – Association Office at 908-249-4800 or visit

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