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Free Training Program Offered by YMCA for Upcoming Turket Trot

Fleet Feet Sports is offering a Complimentary 10 week “couch to 5K” training program to anyone who registers for the Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot, being held on Thanksgiving morning, November 22 at 8am.

The training program’s first meeting is on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 PM. Call (818)238-9522 or email Colin@fleetfeetburbank.com

For more information on The Burbank Community YMCA’s 3rd annual Turkey Trot visit www.burbankymca.org

Cusumano Family Announces Major Investment in Burbank Community YMCA

The Cusumano Family of Burbank has announced an historic commitment of $250,000 to the Burbank Community YMCA to help fund the Y’s $3 million capital campaign, Strong Today, Stronger Tomorrow, as well as support the YMCA’s areas of program focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

(L to R) Vic Georgino, Capital Campaign Chair, Burbank Community YMCA Michael and Caroline Cusumano J.C. Holt, CEO, Burbank Community YMCA Yvette Herrera, Director of Philanthropy, Burbank Community YMCA Roger Koll, Board President, Burbank Community YMCA

Burbank Community YMCA Receives $250K Commitment from Cusumano Family (L to R) Vic Georgino, Capital Campaign Chair, Burbank Community YMCA; Michael and Caroline Cusumano; J.C. Holt, CEO, Burbank Community YMCA; Yvette Herrera, Director of Philanthropy, Burbank Community YMCA and Roger Koll, Board President, Burbank Community YMCA

“The Cusumanos’ generous donation will go a long way in supporting the Y’s work–even beyond the needed building improvements,” JC Holt, CEO of the Y, said. “The significance of a gift like this is that it is an investment in the future. It conveys the Cusumanos’ vote of confidence for our Y and their trust that we will continue to be here for the Burbank community.”

Michael Cusumano, Managing Director of the Cusumano Real Estate Group, noted that the YMCA has a very long history in Burbank, just like his family. “When we considered supporting the Y, we were particularly impressed with how the organization provides more than $350,000 a year in financial aid to help over 1,300 families with limited incomes use the programs and facilities. We like the idea of giving people a little help so they can help themselves.”

The Cusumano Family will be recognized in the Burbank YMCA’s new, expanded Welcome Center. “We are pleased to have our family name associated with the Y and the good things it does for our community,” Cusumano said. “The time is right to add a Welcome Center to the Y, because that’s exactly what the Y does–it welcomes everyone.”

“I’m pleased that the Cusumanos are with me in promoting the Burbank YMCA,” said Campaign Chair Vic Georgino. “By continuing to support the Y’s efforts to help children and adults in Burbank stay healthy and address problems like childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease, we will ensure that Burbank remains one of the healthiest and most desirable communities in Southern California.”

Yvette Herrera to Join Burbank Community YMCA

Former board member and past board chair Yvette Herrera is joining the staff of one of Burbank’s leading and oldest non-profit organizations, the Burbank Community YMCA, as Director of

Yvette Herrera

Philanthropy and Community Engagement. Herrera, a resident of Burbank for over 20 years, is the founder of HT Group, a boutique consulting firm that provided strategic marketing to nonprofit organizations and businesses for the past 10 years.

Asked why she is giving up her consulting practice to work for a community agency, Herrera said, “Dedicating my professional efforts to the YMCA extends the volunteer work I have been doing for years. I believe that the Y, its mission, solid reputation and extensive reach, is uniquely situated to mobilize community caring, activism and ownership. We can create new partnerships with people and organizations who believe, like I do, that the YMCA can help make Burbank an even better place to live, work and raise our children.”

The Y’s Chief Executive Officer, JC Holt expressed his perspective on hiring Herrera as a “terrific result to an extensive search”. He continued, “As you might imagine in today’s job environment, we attracted qualified candidates from as far away as New York. I could not be happier with the outcome. Yvette’s skill set, organization knowledge and long-time community engagement in Burbank make this a perfect fit for the Burbank Y.”

Burbank Realtors Support YMCA Child Development Center

Burbank Realtors accept cards and gift following donation to YMCA Child Care Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Community YMCA Child Development Center (CDC) received a contribution from the Burbank Association of REALTORS Community Service Foundation on Thursday, December 22.

Burbank Realtors hold up check in the amount of $ 1000.00 for use in the addition to the Child Care Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This grant will help the (CDC) complete work on their Outdoor Classroom” said, Mary Cutone, CDC Director.  “Because of the Realtors Association’s generosity, we will be able to realize our vision. This is a very exciting time.”

The original toddler yard has already been renovated. The final phase of construction is underway now in the CDC play yard. The construction of the new sandbox and bike path will begin, followed by the installation of a tire swing, and three young shade trees being planted. Finally, the remaining outdoor areas will be resurfaced with Fibar Engineered Wood Fiber playground chips. The Outdoor Classroom is scheduled to be finished by the end of January.

Thank you to The Burbank Realtors Assocation for donation of $ 1000.00. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The project’s goal is to increase the quantity, quality and benefit of outdoor activity for children ages 0-5. “Helping children learn ‘how the world works’ through environmental awareness and providing extended outdoor exercise that fosters the establishment of a lifelong pattern of physical activity are but a few of the goals of the Outdoor Classroom,” said Cutone.

For more information about the Outdoor Classroom and other activities at the Burbank Community YMCA Child Development Center visit us at www.burbankymca.org.

Plans for the addition to the YMCA Child Care Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)