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Highlights from the Y’s Welcome Back Celebration

Y Member Christine Shaffer and VP Operations David Cohen.

The Family Y’s “Welcome Back!” Celebration, held Tuesday evening, Dec. 11 at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, was the setting for fellowship, a farewell, glad tidings and no shortage of holiday snacks and sweets, courtesy of the dozens of Y members and supporters who attended our “potluck dessert” gathering.

The fellowship was evident in the camaraderie and good cheer among the Y staffers and members who are grateful to be, in the words of David Cohen, “back home.”

The farewell was for Dave himself, who will shortly be leaving the Family Y after 12 years to take a leadership position with the the Greenwich YMCA.

Glad tidings? It is the holiday season, and the event in the Branson Hall last night also marked the public debut of a new short film about the Y’s plans to build a modern new home at its Mahackeno campus.

Sharing sweets and good cheer at the Y's Welcome Back celebration.

And evidence of the sugar rush can be found in the photos below of the spread of sweets on the church’s island banquet counter. Special thanks to Membership Coordinator Midge Deverin, for her efforts to make this evening such a success.

The evening’s special cheer was captured well by local reporter Jarret Liotta, writing for the Westport News. Here’s how his account begins:

For Christine Shaffer, returning to the Westport Weston Family Y after damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy forced it to close for more than a month made her feel like George Bailey in the classic holiday movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“Hello, you old elliptical machine … Hello, you stationary bike,” she felt like saying. “It sounds corny, but I actually felt that I loved the building.”

Shaffer shared her sentiments Tuesday night at a celebration officially welcoming people back to the downtown Family Y, and get them thinking about the Y’s new home planned for the Mahackeno property…

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Enjoy these photos from the festivities!