The Y's Centennial Celebrations

In 1917 the Y opened its doors and nearly 100 years later, the Y is still thriving as it serves the local community. Follow our celebrations here! (Learn about our long and distinguished history here.)

Centennial Logo Designed by Staff Member Shera Sonenberg
In Honor of Y President, Nagle Avenue is Co-Named Sidney Offerman Way
Y CEO Martin Englisher Rings NYSE's Closing Bell
100 Faces of the Y Nursery School
A Sweet Start to Our 100th Year on Rosh Hashanah
The Y Nursery School Art Quilt
100 Days to Camp Carnival
100-Themed Collections in the Y Nursery School
Dr. Ruth on Being a Past Y Board President
Community Block Party
Mayor de Blasio Proclaims June 8, 2017 is the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood Day
Gala Celebrating a New Century of Community and Caring
Musical Journey Through 100 Years with the Maccabeats

 

Like the community it serves, the Y has a diverse staff who have a wide range of skills and talents. Beyond being an outstanding Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Shera Sonenberg is also a talented artist. With undergraduate training in illustration, she is a gifted painter who works with oil and watercolor, and, to the Y's delight, she is also a phenomenal graphic designer. Shera designed a modern logo which references the agency's past -- the type has its roots in the Art Deco period which was popular during the Y's early years -- and connects this rich history with the present. The zeros of the 100s contain the founding year and the centennial; by interlocking the zeros, the logo illustrates our strong connection with the past in a new and contemporary way. Shera, pictured below on the right, was able to see her design displayed at the NYSE.
Shera Sonenberg with Y's 100 Year Logo

In Honor of Y President, Nagle Avenue is Co-Named Sidney Offerman Way

On June 17, 2016 the Y hosted over 20 members of the Offerman Family to honor their patriarch, Sidney Offerman. He was a key player in the Y’s history, shaping the organization into the wide-reaching, community-support agency it is today. The City of New York recognized this contribution to the greater community by co-naming Nagle Avenue, so on the 17th we came together to witness the unveiling of Sidney Offerman Way. Read more.

Y CEO Martin Englisher Rings NYSE's Closing Bell

To commemorate the Y’s centennial, the New York Stock Exchange invited us to ring their iconic bell. On June 20, 2016 a group of board members, staff, and Summer Youth Employment Program participants gathered on the NYSE’s balcony and trading floor to cheer as CEO Martin Englisher rang the Closing Bell. Read more.

100 Faces of the Y

At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the Y Nursery School celebrated by posting 100 beautiful pictures of their students.
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A Sweet Start to Our 100th Year on Rosh Hashanah

For Rosh Hashanah the Y community was treated with honey sticks with messages celebrating our centennial. A special thanks to the Center for Adults Living Well members and staff who helped package the treats!
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The Y Nursery School Art Quilt

The Y Nursery School children created 100 works of art to form the basis of a quilt installation. This may have hung on our wall, but some of these look like they would be equally at home in MoMA!
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100 Days to Camp Carnival

To celebrate the Y's momentous anniversary, on March 31 Camp Twelve Trails hosted its first ever 100 Days to Camp Carnival -- due to timing, the carnival was actually 90 days to camp, so all the more exciting! The event was free to all Twelve Trails families and included a bounce castle, use of our rock wall, carnival games, cotton candy, and even a photo booth!

100-Themed Collections in the Y Nursery School

The Y Nursery School children and their families created collections of 100 items for show and tell. Here is a small sample of their creative projects.
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Dr. Ruth on Being a Past Y Board President

As part of UJA's centennial story telling project, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer shares her experience as a past Y board president and current board member: "We should celebrate 100 years by everybody saying, 'l'chaim'!"

Community Block Party

On Sunday, May 14 the Hudson Cliffs Baseball League, PJ Library, and Bubbie's Kitchen programs put on an amazing, free block party to celebrate our community, our uptown parks, baseball, and the Y’s 100 year anniversary! Under beautiful blue skies we had a BBQ, arts and crafts projects, games, and entertainment from mainstages. What a perfect Lag B’Omer!
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Mayor de Blasio Proclaims June 8, 2017 is the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood Day

June 7 the Y received a very special proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In honor of our centennial, June 8, 2017 will be known as "YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Day" in the City of New York! The proclamation arrived on the eve of, and June 8 was chosen because of, the Y's Centennial Gala held at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park on Thursday, June 8. The proclamation acknowledges the Y's crucial role in uplifting people of all ages and backgrounds in Upper Manhattan and beyond. Mayor de Blasio, thank you for recognizing a century of commitment to being there for New Yorkers, both in times of hardship and celebration! Find the full text and a photograph of the proclamation here.

Gala Celebrating a New Century of Community and Caring

On June 8 the Y celebrated its anniversary and rang in the next century with a gala at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. The evening honored Barry Piafsky, a portfolio manager at Moore Capital. Barry has been a director at the Y since 2002. He has been a passionate and tireless supporter, including terms as both treasurer and president (during which time he was the youngest president in the Y’s history). Although involved in many other philanthropic causes, Barry holds the Y closest to the heart. The gala was hosted by Bill Ritter, evening anchor of WABC-TV and correspondent of 20/20. Dinner included a live performance of excerpts from the Broadway musical In the Heights, featuring participants from the Musical Theatre program at Columbia Secondary School, where the Y runs after-school programs.
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Gala Photo Credits: Laura Massa/Michael Priest Photography

Musical Journey Through 100 Years with the Maccabeats

The Y was thrilled to present the world-renowned a capella group the Maccabeats on June 18! In addition to hits from their standard repertoire, the Maccabeats took us on a musical journey back to three different periods in the past 100 years. The concert was made possible by a sponsorship through JCC Association’s Making Music Happen Centennial Grant Initiative, funded by a grant from Marvin J. Pertzik and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.

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