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Burbank YMCA Reveals Mural “For All”

The YMCA of Burbank has received a youthful facelift on the side of their building located on Magnolia Boulevard and 3rd Street.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Nickelodeon, as part of a philanthropy project their interns undertake every semester, has provided the Burbank YMCA with a colorful and large mural that decorates the west side of their building facing the parking lot.

Typically, the murals are designed for schools. This time around, however, the interns felt the Burbank YMCA served as the perfect platform for their altruistic work.

“We wanted to branch out and paint one for an organization that reached a broader audience, which is why we went with the Burbank YMCA”, said Lindsay Anderson, Community Efforts intern. “The Y caters to just about everyone and we were so excited to be able to create something for all of their patrons to see and enjoy whenever they stop by.”

“We started by brainstorming various different ideas through rough sketches”, said Nicole Lozano, Production Intern and one of the artistic leads on the project. “Any of the interns willing to offer up their artistic talents to draw a concept for the mural were allowed to submit their ideas to our awesome logistic lead and showrunner for this entire project, Lindsay Anderson. Lindsay then sent our sketches over to, Mary Cutone, President/CEO of the Burbank YMCA”.

“[Mary] wanted it to reflect the YMCA’s core values – youth development, healthy living, and social responsibly, while simultaneously encompassing the realness of the people who come to the YMCA”, said Anderson.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The primary vision was planted in inclusiveness and aimed to highlight the YMCA’s reaching impact on the community.

“I really wanted to visually capture Mary’s “For All” message, so I started sketching away all sorts of different people from all walks of life to form a community of people in the design. After doing a few touch ups according to Mary’s specifications, my concept design was chosen for the final piece to be painted on the YMCA’s wall”, said Lozano, who described the collaborating process as a “total blast” with her Nickelodeon companions (also known as “NICKterns” among each other).

After the YMCA considered the variety of work submitted, the collaboration resulted in what is now the finished project – which took about a week to complete. The mural itself depicts a wide range of community members of diverse backgrounds taking part in a variety of activities in front of a colorful landscape.

Aside from some extreme heat, not many challenges presented themselves. From beginning to end, the entire process played out close to three months.

While the majority of the design was handled by a few gifted interns, all 35 of them lent their talents and skill sets to complete the project.

Lozano continues, “The best part of this whole experience was getting to tackle this mural with my fellow interns because not only are they such a fun and energetic bunch, but most of them aren’t actually artists at all! So, getting to see them jump in, take the creative reins, and get messy with paint was such a fun learning experience”.

“The goal was to encompass the ‘For All’ mentality of the YMCA, so we really wanted to create something that celebrated diversity”, said Anderson. “We wanted every person who saw the mural to feel as if they were represented in some way”.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“I wanted to celebrate life and the variety of different people in the world, so I tried to give each person I drew their own, unique personalities that would shine through in their own way”, said Lozano.

What was once an assuming wall in downtown Burbank is now the home of a promising view of our community’s future and a fun reminder of the joys of collaboration with friends.

Essentially, it represents the tenets of the YMCA.

YMCA Turkey Trot Draws Nearly 2,000 Runners – (Results)

The Burbank YMCA held it’s annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and a record number of participants racing in either the 5k or 10k divisions.

Runners braved the warm temperatures and were seen wearing as little as running shorts and tennis shoes, some were even spotted in turkey hats and Tutu dresses. Dogs, kids, and friends ran the race finishing prior to 10 am, just in time to run home and put their turkeys in the oven.

Click here to see the results!

Here are some pictures from today’s event: ( Click on any pictures to see a larger view) 

The results from the race came be found here:

The 52st Annual Burbank Community YMCA Pancake Breakfast Today

The 52st annual Burbank Community YMCA Pancake Breakfast, a fundraiser for youth programs at the Y – and a long-standing community tradition – will be held May 21. Just $5 per person, the breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. The pancake breakfast fundraiser was launched over 50 years ago by the Burbank YMCA Service Club to support the Burbank Community YMCA, particularly youth programs

Cooking up pancakes and sausage for over 600 guests. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cooking up pancakes and sausage for over 600 guests. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

WHAT: 52st Annual YMCA Pancake Breakfast

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Ray Sence Room, YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

COST: Tickets are $5 each, available in advance at the YMCA or at the door.
Children under 5 eat for free.

In 2016, the Burbank YMCA Service Club donated a 12 passenger van to the Burbank Y for use in its Child Development Programs. It was the fourth van donated by the club in as many years and completes the Child Development Center’s transportation fleet. These vans are used to pick up children from Burbank schools and bring them to after-school activities at the Y. During the summer, the vans are often used to transport children, youth counselors or supplies to activities and field trips.

New Youth Van was also on display. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

New Youth Van was also on display. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank YMCA Service Club is a chartered organization of active men and women who provide volunteer leadership for the YMCA. The club and its members assist Y staff in special projects and events and provide financial support for Y programs, buildings, equipment and grounds; volunteer in community programs to raise awareness for special needs; and contribute funds to the Y’s annual and capital campaigns by fundraising through Christmas tree sales, the annual pancake breakfast and soliciting grants/gifts.

The Burbank Community YMCA, has been an integral part of the community since opening its doors in 1924. The Y’s commitment to Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility is manifested through a variety of programs that provide people of all ages, ethnicities, lifestyles and income levels with the opportunity to become stronger in spirit, mind and body. Visit us online at: www.BurbankYMCA.org

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

YMCA Turkey Trot Draws Over 2400 Runners Thanksgiving Day See The Results

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The weather was a brisk 50 degrees, but that did not bother the well over 2400 runners who showed up for this years YMCA Turkey Trot.  Adults, children and parents pushed their babies in strollers and even people wearing costumes took to the streets.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The first place male runner for the 5 K was Chris Low with a finishing time of 16:20, The First Place Female Runner was  Julia Budniak with a finishing time of 18:01.

First Place 10 K was Connor Kamm with a finishing time of 31:28 and the First Place Female was Sarah Wear with a finishing time of 41:37.

The race results can be obtained from this link:YMCA Turkey Trot Results

Our Chief Photographer, Ross A. Benson, was along the route here are a couple of the pictures he snapped:

 

 

 

 

Mike Gatto Presents “Investing in California Awards” Grants to Burbank Non-Profits

Pictured from L to R: JC Holt (YMCA Burbank) Trena Pitchford (Burbank Arts For All) Damian Kevitt (Streets Are For Everyone) Ariel Van Pelt (Friends of the LA River). Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Pictured from L to R: JC Holt (YMCA Burbank) Trena Pitchford (Burbank Arts For All) Damian Kevitt (Streets Are For Everyone) Ariel Van Pelt (Friends of the LA River).
Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Assemblyman Gatto, on behalf AT&T, presented grant checks to non-profits that serve the communities of the 43rd District.  Out of the numerous grant applicants, two from Burbank, the Burbank YMCA and Burbank Arts for All were each selected to receive a $1,250 grant. Finish the Ride, and the Friends of the LA River also received grants.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

(Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

AT&T California has created a new giving program called the “Investing in California Awards.”  The purpose of the program is to provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing economic growth, educational opportunities or new technologies, or by providing other essential community services.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s nominations focused on non-profits organizations that have made valuable contributions in the local community. All of the grant recipients have played an instrumental role in the quality of life of residents in the 43rd District.

Trena Pitchford (Burbank Arts For All)  (Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

Burbank YMCA Annual Campaign Closes In On Goal

The Burbank YMCA Annual Campaign is in full swing, with less than $15,000 in pledges needed to reach the $110,000 fundraising goal by April 6. While YMCA Board Chair David Escobar heads up the Major Gifts part of the effort, former Burbank City Manager and current Woodbury University Adjunct Professor Mary Alvord chairs the Member to Member outreach. The Annual Campaign raises contributions for the Burbank YMCA’s financial assistance fund.

“We ensure that the Y remains open to all by offering financial assistance to those who find the fees a barrier to participation,” commented Yvette Herrera, Director of Philanthropy at the Burbank Community YMCA. “Four out of 10 members receive some level of financial assistance. We give out over $300,000 in financial assistance annually.”

Members of the Burbank Annual Campaign Member to Member fundraising team met to kickoff the month-long effort to replenish the financial assistance fund. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Members of the Burbank Annual Campaign Member to Member fundraising team met to kick off the month-long effort to replenish the financial assistance fund. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While “the Annual Campaign gives members an opportunity to give back by raising much needed funds for the Y,” added Herrera. “I’ve discovered it also provides a great way for Y members to get to know each other better. To generate donations, we ask members to share their personal Y story with their friends at the Y and in the larger Burbank community.”

Burbank YMCA members, instructors, employees and volunteers are taking time to speak about their YMCA experience to other YMCA members at the beginning of exercise, swim, gymnastics, sports and stretch classes. Speakers encourage other members to join them and make a donation of any amount to the Annual Campaign.

“That’s been the best part of the campaign for me. I love hearing the incredible stories,” added Herrera. “The member who lost 100 pounds after being obese her whole life, the adult who finally learned to swim, the grateful parents of a  child who loved summer day camp, the woman who regained her ability to walk after a car accident.”

“It’s amazing that it all takes place at the Y. But that’s our mission – to provide people of all ages lifelong opportunities to become stronger in spirit, mind and body.”

Burbank YMCA Member to Member Chairperson Mary Alvord talks to team members. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burbank YMCA Member to Member Chairperson Mary Alvord talks to team members. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“I have been a member of the Burbank YMCA for over 30 years… using it during my career years to ‘sneak’ in a workout or two to try to stay healthy and reduce stress,” said Alvord, who was Burbank City Manager from 2003 to 2009, Assistant City Manager from 2000 to 2003 and Parks and Recreation Director from 1991 to 2000.

“But I came to truly appreciate the Burbank YMCA when I retired in 2009 from my position as City Manager and finally had some time for me,” continued Alvord. “I started making morning classes part of my daily ritual and soon discovered a wonderful world of support, encouragement and friendship.”

Jodi Reneaud, Burbank YMCA Director of Volunteer Engagement, talks at the Annual Campaign Member to Member kickoff. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Jodi Reneaud, Burbank YMCA Director of Volunteer Engagement, talks at the Annual Campaign Member to Member kickoff. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“I work out with young moms, other grandmothers and some amazing gentlemen who have no problem mingling with a class of mostly female participants. There are days, I admit, that I drag myself there, but I always leave feeling happier and healthier,” she also said. “The Burbank YMCA has changed so many lives for the better… and I am proud to count myself in that population!”

Avord felt “it was important to take the Campaign to the members who I believe are the heart and soul of the YMCA.”

“I know that there are others taking classes with me that share my love for the YMCA and that, if approached, would give to continue and expand the good work of the Burbank YMCA,” said the life-long Burbank resident, who’s daughter Jenny, son-in-law Brady and three grandchildren Lauren, Colin and Owen also live in Burbank.

“I am hoping this ‘grass-roots’ campaign raises awareness of all the good work the YMCA does towards building community and promoting the health and well-being of all Burbank residents. I am proud to stand up and say I support the YMCA financially and encourage others to join me!”

Participants in the Member to Member Campaign are not only talking to fellow YMCA members but also to friends, businesses and groups in the Burbank community at large, sharing their personal stories and connection to the Burbank YMCA and encouraging donations.

Those interested in donating online may do so at this link. The 2015 Annual Campaign runs March 6 through April 6. As of March 17, the Burbank YMCA Annual Campaign has raised a total of $95,238, with just $14,762 remaining to reach their goal.

YMCA Cheers To 90 Years Raises $30,000

The Burbank YMCA Cheers To 90 Years fundraising event held Thursday, October 9, raised approximately $30,000 for the nonprofit organization’s financial assistance program. The party also celebrated 90 years of the Burbank Community YMCA’s work and outreach in the city.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event, held on the Nickelodeon Animation Studios campus, including Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Matthew Vallecilla (Field Representative for Congressman Brad Sherman), Vice Mayor Bob Frutos, City Treasurer Debbie Kukta, City Manager Mark Scott, City Clerk Zizette Mullins, Police Chief Scott LaChasse, Councilmember Jess Talamantes and Gary Olson, CEO/President of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(From left to right) Matthew Vallecilla (Field Representative for Congressman Brad Sherman, Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, YMCA President/CEO J.C. Holt, Jr., YMCA Board Chair David Escobar and Nickelodeon HR Manager Carson Smith celebrate 90 years of the Burbank YMCA. Danny Harold of Harold Catering holds the birthday cake steady. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“My wife and kids and I have spent many hours over the years at the Y sweating it out,” commented Schiff. “We have always found the facilities, the staff, the management, the childcare, the personal trainers, the classes, just superlative.”

“You’ve done magnificent work and that’s not even beginning to talk about the broad array of services you provide to the community in so many ways, in dental care, in physical education and just dealing with quality care for young and old alike,” Schiff said as he praised the attending staff and administration of the YMCA. “It’s a tremendous institution and the Y has so much to be proud of.”

“One of the things I get to do as the state legislative representative of this area is I get to be an ambassador for this area,” commented Gatto. “I’m always singing the praises of this community wherever I go in the world.”

“I always talk about how Burbank is a special place. It’s a special place to live, to grow up, to have a family, to go to school, and there’s so many things that make this community special,” continued Gatto. “It’s not just the weather, it’s not just businesses like Nickelodeon, but it really is the strength of our community based organizations like the YMCA and all of the people who support it.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank YMCA distributed over $350,000 in services last year to more than 1000 Burbank residents who couldn’t normally afford them, according to J.C. Holt, Jr., President and CEO of the Burbank Community YMCA.

David Escobar, Chair of Burbank YMCA Board of Directors, also thanked the people at the event, “You make the community a better place by supporting great organizations like the YMCA.”

“It’s been an amazing year for us,” Escobar added. “As a member, a board member, a volunteer and a donor, thank you for your support and 90 years of commitment to this beautiful city of Burbank.”

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“What a thrill to be in the iconic environs of Nickelodeon with over 250 supporters of the Y,” Holt commented after the event. “We are not in the habit of doing an annual gala and we were determined to avoid ‘another chicken dinner’ in the community… I’d say we exceeded the goal.”

“I’m grateful for the presence of Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Mayor David Gordon recognizing the Y for our efforts in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” Holt concluded. “Our staff, board and volunteers, led by Yvette Herrera, created an atmosphere that certainly exceeded participant expectations and helped raise funds for deserving youth and families in our community.”

 

Burbank YMCA New Equipment Prompts Rise In Interest And Motivation

Burbank YMCA added scores of new exercise equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, indoor cycling bikes, stair-steppers and rowing machines recently. The YMCA has also seen a marked increase in attendance and use of the new, technology-integrated equipment.

“In less than a  month,  we have already noticed an increase in our traffic,” commented Healthy Lifestyles Director Maryam Faresh. “People are coming in to try the new cardio equipment. One of our members who usually has trouble staying motivated said, ‘I can’t believe I am actually excited to work out now!'”

New equipment in the cardio room is very popular at the Burbank YMCA. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

New equipment in the cardio room is very popular at the Burbank YMCA. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

With nearly 7000 active members, the YMCA is one of the larger community organizations and exercise clubs in Burbank. The Y serves all ages and abilities, providing exercise classes, sports, nutritional information and child care. Leasing exercise equipment helps the nonprofit keep up with current advances in physical fitness technology.

“We upgrade our equipment every three years as we want to keep up with the growing trends in the fitness community,” added Faresh. “Members absolutely love the new equipment; they love the virtual terrain courses. Most of all they love how it is all web-based and they can save their workout history and view their progress to stay motivated and on track.”

Instructor JoDee Geryak demonstrates some jumps on the new spin bike for a YMCA class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Instructor JoDee Geryak demonstrates some jumps on the new spin bike for a YMCA class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

At a recent indoor cycling class led by instructor JoDee Geryak, the response to the new bikes in the spin studio was very positive.

“I think the new bikes are a lot more challenging from the old bikes,” commented Susan Rosen, who’s been attending spin classes at the YMCA since they began eight years ago. “These new bikes make you work a lot harder and more efficiently.”

“I really like the new bikes. The seat is more comfortable and it is a smooth ride,” added Geryak, who’s been teaching the indoor cycling classes since their inception at the Y. “I think this is a benefit for new and previous riders. The smoothness reminds me of being in the quietness of a hybrid.”

“As an instructor, I like that we can work our students in a different way. We can now be uniform in resistance and RPMs with the class,” she continued. “We have really given our classes a whole new dynamic, making for a better overall class.”

In the Wellness Studio, the two new rowing machines have been very popular since arriving, said Yvette Herrera, Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement.

“The rowing machine is awesome,” said Karen Wade, who joined the YMCA just a few months ago, and was working out during a recent weekday morning. “I really like how fast the time goes and that I can see how many calories I’m burning.”

New equipment at the Burbank YMCA has prompted new motivation for members, including Karen Sequeira. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

New equipment at the Burbank YMCA has prompted new motivation for members, including Karen Sequeira. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

In the Cardio Room, new LifeFitness treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent and upright bikes, FlexStrider, StepMill and Cybex ArcTrainer complement the existing weight machines. The new machines were turned to face the windows and each exercise machine comes with a personal screen and a hardwired internet connection, so users can watch TV, check email or browse the web while getting in a workout.

The new terrain treadmills are a big hit, Herrera also said. Using actual video from various countries, people can run or walk through cities, mountains and other scenic areas from throughout the world.

“I like the new equipment in the Cardio Room and the new spin bikes a lot better,” commented Karen Sequeira, a Burbank YMCA member since 2005, who was working out on a new stair/elliptical machine.

The YMCA will emphasize family memberships in September, said Herrera, who added, “It’s one of the things that sets us apart, our family classes, such as Zumba, and kids classes. We also have the Kids Club in the Lifestyles Studio, for the older kids who may want to exercise or do homework and are too old for our Child Watch center.”

The Burbank YMCA, in addition to presenting annual community events such as the Turkey Trot and Healthy Kids Day, will celebrate it’s 90th Anniversary in October. More information on the nonprofit center’s classes, memberships and upcoming events can be found on their website.

Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club Donates $5,000 to YMCA

The Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club and the Burbank Community YMCA share the goal of building a stronger community.

Celebrating Kiwanis Club's $5,000 donation to the Burbank Community YMCA are, from left, Kiwanis President Bruce Lilly, YMCA President/Chief Executive Officer JC Holt, Gala Chairwoman Marsha Jackson and Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors David Escobar. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Celebrating Kiwanis Club’s $5,000 donation to the Burbank Community YMCA are, from left, Kiwanis President Bruce Lilly, YMCA President/Chief Executive Officer JC Holt, Gala Chairwoman Marsha Jackson and Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors David Escobar. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

While the Kiwanis club supports local charities and programs that help people, the YMCA concentrates on keeping them healthy and providing the tools for shaping good character.

But what really ties the organizations together is their commitment to youth, believes Marsha Jackson, chairwoman of the Kiwanis Gala held last Saturday at Lakeside Golf Club.

“I think that Kiwanis and the YMCA have a lot in common because we both serve the children of the world,” she said.

The Kiwanis presented a $5,000 donation to the YMCA in honor of its 90 years in Burbank. Founded in 1924, the Y serves more than 9,000 members or program participants a year. More than 4,000 swimming lessons are taught every year and 200 seniors a day use the Aquatics Center.

JC Holt, left, Burbank Community YMCA chief executive officer, receives a proclamation from Burbank Mayor David Gordon during the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Gala on Saturday night at Lakeside Golf Club. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

JC Holt, left, Burbank Community YMCA chief executive officer, receives a proclamation from Burbank Mayor David Gordon during the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Gala on Saturday night at Lakeside Golf Club. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The Y also sends teens to Sacramento to learn about legislation through the Youth & Government program each year. More than 150 families rely on its preschool and after-school activities. Some 300 boys and girls are enrolled in the youth basketball program. More than 350 children attend camp during the summer.

And no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Last year the Y provided more than $300,000 to help kids and families learn, grow and thrive, said JC Holt, president/chief executive officer.

“The Y was honored for 90 years as a recognized leader in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” he said. “That recognition from the Kiwanis was made even more special by their $5,000 contribution. One hundred percent of the gift will go toward our assistance program to help kids and families who otherwise might not be able to afford some Y programs.”

Resolutions were presented to Holt from the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff and Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Burbank Mayor David Gordon read a proclamation highlighting such qualities as the Y’s ability to instill family values and produce community leaders and Olympians.

Patriotic centerpieces at the Kiwanis Gala saluted Flag Day last Saturday and featured a bear dressed in USA military combat uniform waving the American flag. The bear plays Lee Greenwood's song "I'm Proud to be an American". ( photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Patriotic centerpieces at the Kiwanis Gala saluted Flag Day last Saturday and featured a bear dressed in USA military combat uniform waving the American flag. The bear plays Lee Greenwood’s song “I’m Proud to be an American”. ( photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The gala fundraiser has been Jackson’s baby for 17 years. It started while she was president of Kiwanis in 1987-’88. She got the idea from her sister and brother-in-law Kay and David Hughes, who were involved in raising $10 million a year for 13 Boys & Girls Clubs in another state.

“Everything we raise goes back to Burbank, mostly to children but some funds go to adults and senior citizens,” she said.

The highlight of the night is a reverse opportunity drawing. People’s numbers are drawn until only five people remain. They then vote to keep going so winner takes all or share the $5,000 grand prize.

“I saw it done in San Diego and thought we should try it,” Jackson said. “I always bought tickets for it.”

 Guests sitting with Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy admire the bear dressed in USA combat uniform. Table guests were asked to hit the play button only once, all at the same time, to hear Lee Greenwood's song "I'm Proud to be an American". ( photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Guests sitting with Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy admire the bear dressed in USA combat uniform. Table guests were asked to hit the play button only once, all at the same time, to hear Lee Greenwood’s song “I’m Proud to be an American”. ( photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Winners this year, who opted to take home $1,000 each, were Dennis Dunn, Kenneth Nielsen, Sam and Millie Engel, Gary Kessler and the city of Burbank.

Funds raised came from the cost of the reverse drawing tickets, the silent and live auction, and the program book ads, said past president Harvey Branman.

“This year we added another drawing,” he said. “We sold just 100 tickets at $50 each for a 1-plus carat diamond.”

Kiwanian Gary Peterson reminded members and guests that the club lost two exemplary members this year — Herb Vincent and Ham Lloyd who together served Kiwanis a total of 94 years.

Patrick Beck, Burbank YMCA manager on duty, introduces "Built on Love" the song he wrote for the national Sing Out for the Y: The YMCA Song Contest hosted by YMCA of the USA. His song and two others were voted finalists by the public and the Y–USA's team of judges and were performed at the YMCA General Assembly held last July in Philadelphia, Penn. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Patrick Beck, Burbank YMCA manager on duty, introduces “Built on Love” the song he wrote for the national Sing Out for the Y: The YMCA Song Contest hosted by YMCA of the USA. His song and two others were voted finalists by the public and the Y–USA’s team of judges and were performed at the YMCA General Assembly held last July in Philadelphia, Penn. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Following the cadet color squad presentation of the colors Alana Hyland sang the national anthem. Johnny Holiday entertained with his special brand of humor.

Burbank Y employee Patrick Beck performed “Built on Love”, which he wrote about the YMCA for a contest. He and three other contestants were chosen from 5,000 to perform their songs for the YMCA General Assembly in Philadelphia last year.

The song was apropos because both the Kiwanis Club and YMCA were built on love, chairwoman Jackson said.

Kiwanis Gala Chairwoman Marsha Jackson holds the microphone while Patrick Beck, Burbank YMCA manager on duty, performs "Built on Love" the song he wrote for the national Sing Out for the Y: The YMCA Song Contest hosted by YMCA of the USA. His song and two others were voted finalists by the public and the Y–USA's team of judges and were performed at the YMCA General Assembly held last July in Philadelphia, Penn. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Kiwanis Gala Chairwoman Marsha Jackson holds the microphone while Patrick Beck, Burbank YMCA manager on duty, performs “Built on Love” the song he wrote for the national Sing Out for the Y: The YMCA Song Contest hosted by YMCA of the USA. His song and two others were voted finalists by the public and the Y–USA’s team of judges and were performed at the YMCA General Assembly held last July in Philadelphia, Penn. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Burbank’s YMCA Kicks Off 90th Anniversary With ‘90 Days to a New You’

The number-one New Year’s resolution is getting healthier. To mark the beginning of its 90th anniversary and to assist people in achieving their goals, the Burbank Community YMCA is offering a special 90 Days to a New You promotion that includes personal training and nutrition consultation, elements proven to make a new fitness regime a success.

With the purchase of a three-month, trial membership, the bonus-added program – available only in the month of January – includes three personal training sessions with a certified personal trainer (one 60- and two 30-minute sessions), a 30-minute nutrition consultation with a fitness nutrition specialist and a free commemorative 90th anniversary workout towel. Existing members can also purchase the $150 value package at a greatly reduced price.

“Studies have shown that the most successful weight loss and fitness regimes are those that are supported with a personalized program,” said JC Holt, CEO of the Burbank Community YMCA.  “We created this program with that in mind, highlighting the concierge service and community support the Y has always provided to its members.”

For more information or to sign up, stop by the Burbank Community YMCA or go to: www.burbankymca.org/membership.php

The YMCA is uniquely positioned to influence positive change in the nation’s ongoing health crisis.  Lifestyle-related disease is now responsible for more than 50% of American deaths.  Over 30% of our youth are overweight and possess early signs of diabetes or characteristics pointing to future heart disease.

When you join the Y, you become a member of a cause-driven, non-profit organization committed to strengthening the foundation of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Everybody wants to live a healthy, active life and the Y knows how hard it can be to find the time and to keep the commitment. The Y offers support in a variety of areas, including fitness, nutrition and personal coaching.

Partnering with the Harvard and Stanford schools of medicine, the Center for Disease Control and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the YMCA has studied the attributes of new and start/stop exercisers and fully understands their needs and how to support their quest for making healthier choices.  We have adopted new HEPA (Healthy Eating & Physical Activity) standards in all of our youth and family programs.

The Y has also partnered with experts from the American Psychological Association, helping Y instructors work with members to understand and overcome negative habits that can sabotage their best efforts. At the Y, you’ll enjoy a committed staff, welcoming environment and true desire to make a positive difference in your life. They want to help you set, reach and even exceed your healthy lifestyle goals.