Rise honors YMCA

Rise, Inc. recognized the Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA in Coon Rapids as its Community Partner of the Year at its annual fundraising and awards event, Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala, Oct. 10 at International Market Square in Minneapolis.

YMCA Group Vice President Chad Lanners accepted the award with 430 people in attendance.

The Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA has been honored with Rise Inc.’s 2013 Community Partner of the Year. Left to right: YMCA Program Director Lynsey Frantz, Kim Gemlo-Bush, Northtown YMCA Group Vice President Chad Lanners and Randy Glasmann.

The Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA has been honored with Rise Inc.’s 2013 Community Partner of the Year. Left to right: YMCA Program Director Lynsey Frantz, Kim Gemlo-Bush, Northtown YMCA Group Vice President Chad Lanners and Randy Glasmann.

In 2011, Rise moved its retirement alternatives program to the Northtown YMCA so it could further expand the program’s health, wellness and fitness activities as it assists people with disabilities transition into retirement.

Led by Lanners, the staff at the YMCA have wholeheartedly embraced the program and work collaboratively with Rise staff to address the specific needs and interests of program participants, according to Rise President Lynn Noren.

“We appreciate the many ways that Chad and his professional YMCA staff have supported Rise in making our retirement alternatives program so successful,” Noren said.

“Participants enjoy and benefit from their involvement in a wide range of healthy activities, and the Y members have been most welcoming. It’s been a mutually beneficial partnership.”

Local corporate and individual sponsors, as well as Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala guests, helped raise more than $50,000 to purchase replacement vans for Rise’s transportation services. Rise vans and buses drive close to three million miles each year taking people to work.

Incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization in 1971, Rise works people who have disabilities and other barriers advance their lives through employment, housing, and personal growth. Rise serves more than 4,000 people annually throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

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