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Heart of the Valley YMCA dedicates second addition

Posted by Times-Villager Newspaper Group on Sep - 21 - 2016

A growing community demands growing services, and the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly has responded again, dedicating its second addition to the original facility built in 2002 on Tuesday afternoon. The Y opened with 80,000 sq. ft. of space that housed a wellness center, gymnasium, indoor track, multi-purpose space, dance studio, and a gymnastics center. The Y had just more than 700 members when it opened. The first addition, completed in 2008, added the Endries Gymnasium, and membership grew by 34 percent. <MORE>

Heart of the Valley YMCA celebrates expansion project completion

Posted by FOX 11 News on September 14, 2016

KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- The Heart of the Valley YMCA hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of its facility expansion and renovation. <MORE>

YMCA dance program wins 'Top Studio Award'

Posted by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on July 31, 2016

NEENAH – The Studio Y Dance Program at the Neenah-Menasha YMCA was awarded the “Top Studio Award” at the Rainbow Connection National Dance Competition held July 4-9 at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

The Studio Y Dance program, under the direction of choreographers Tab Bullard, Maeghan Johnson and Dana Kruger, earned this award for having the most high score awards earned in the competition. <MORE>

8th Annual Children's Parade in Appleton

Posted by Fox 11 News Monday, July 25th 2016

The 8th Annual Children's Parade in Appleton is on Wednesday, July 27th!

We learned all about how kids 12 and under can express their imaginations in parades, costumes, so much more.

The Parade starts at 6 p.m. on College Avenue.

Children’s Parade is part of Children’s Week, an annual community-wide celebration of kids. Last year more than 7,000 people enjoyed Children’s Week. Money raised through sponsorship and events benefits Appleton Parks & Recreation, the Appleton YMCA and The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, organizations that support kids and families all year long. <MORE>

Sports Beat recreation calendar for May 22

Wisconsin 7:25 p.m. CDT May 21, 2016

The Neenah-Menasha YMCA is taking registrations for its Boys 7-on-7 Touch Football Passing Leagues. There are grades 6-7 and grades 8-9 leagues. Games will run Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. from June 14 to July 19, with no games on July 5. Only players from the Neenah and Menasha school districts can register individually at the Neenah-Menasha YMCA. Coaching and instruction will be from Neenah and Menasha high school football players and coaches. The cost is $20 for YMCA members and $25 for the general public. Registration forms are available at

Sports Beat for May 15

Wisconsin 8:59 p.m. CDT May 14, 2016

Appleton YMCA sports camps start the week of June 6 and run all summer. There are camps for golf, basketball, tennis and more. For more information, call 920-954-7622 or visit

Appleton teens pitch in to help younger kids

Linda Dums, For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 9:15 a.m. CDT May 5, 2016

Mariah Bloom of Appleton remembers struggling with math when she was a child.

“I never felt like I had someone to guide me,” said Bloom, 16.

Now, as a volunteer with the YMCA/Horizons After-School Program, Bloom is able to help students with their studies. <MORE>

Sports Beat recreation calendar for May 1

Wisconsin 6:30 p.m. CDT April 30, 2016

Appleton YMCA summer sports camp registration is open for ages 4-15. Sports offered include soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, extreme sports and more. For more information, call 920-954-7622 or visit

Fox Cities Viewpoint

News Talk 1150 WHBY Appleton, Green Bay, Fox Cities Fox Cities

Viewpoint with Bill Breider, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Fox Cities. Google Plus Facebook Twitter Flag as irrelevant <MORE>

Heart of the Valley expansion project breaks gorund


KIMBERLY — The groundbreaking ceremony for the Heart of the Valley expansion project took place Thursday in Kimberly. Project officials say there will be a number of facility upgrades to the current center including wellness equipment upgrades, locker room expansions and more office space. Officials say these changes are being made to fit the community's needs. Some of the new facilities will include a cycling studio, an aerobic studio and a cardio theater. <MORE>

YMCA in Kimberly undergoes changes

Maureen Wallenfang, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 1:51 p.m. CDT April 20, 2016

KIMBERLY - Heart of the Valley YMCA began a $2.5 million facility renovation a month ago and will hold a ceremonial kickoff April 21 to show off its “after” renderings. The Y is located at 225 W. Kennedy Ave. The renovation will be complete on Labor Day, and the Y is open during the construction period. <MORE>

Children’s Week and Children’s Parade Join Forces to Create One Amazing Week for Families

Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Katy Compton

Children’s Week and Children’s Parade are joining forces to create one amazing week for kids that will run Sunday, July 24 – Saturday, July 30. Children’s Week is a community-wide celebration of kids featuring the Children’s Parade, Playground Fair, a free day at the YMCA and more family friendly events.

Children 16 and under and their families will get free admission at any of the five Fox Cities YMCA locations on Monday, July 25. Visit for open gym and swim hours. <MORE>

Neenah tests reverse angle parking by YMCA

Duke Behnke, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 12:13 p.m. CDT April 18, 2016

Neenah led the Fox Cities into the roundabout revolution, and now the city plans to pioneer another traffic trend: reverse angle parking.

The city will create 13 reverse angle parking stalls in the 100 block of West North Water Street by the Neenah-Menasha YMCA and St. Paul Lutheran Church. The change will be made in June and will be tested for a year. <MORE>

Tom Prosser feels strong sense of community

Katherine Lymn, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 12:50 p.m. CDT April 16, 2016

Tom Prosser is the winner of the Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award. (Apr. 17, 2016) <MORE>

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Post Crescent 12:08 p.m. CDT April 2, 2016

Miron Construction Co. Inc. is partnering with McMAHON Group to remodel and expand the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly. The 9,300-square-foot expansion is scheduled to be complete by the end of August. The new space will house an aerobics room, spinning room, administration space and additional locker rooms. The existing aerobics studio will be remodeled into a new weightlifting area.


Posted on March 28, 2016

Miron Construction Co., Inc. is partnering with McMAHON Group to remodel and expand the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly, Wis.

The 9,300-square-foot expansion is scheduled to be complete by the end of August 2016. The new space will house an aerobics room, spinning room, administration space and additional locker rooms. The existing aerobics studio will be remodeled into a new weightlifting area.

Appleton Attorney Appointed Chair of YMCA Board of Directors March 17, 2016 12:20pm

Appleton Attorney Andrew J. Rossmeissl of Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. has been appointed Chair of the Appleton YMCA Board of Directors. <MORE>

ADI honors downtown businesses

Maureen Wallenfang, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 9:43 p.m. CDT March 15, 2016

Appleton Downtown Inc. gave its 2016 business awards to an eclectic group that included brewers, a candy shop, two restaurants, several exercise businesses and two individuals who've been passionate about keeping downtown vital, safe and growing.

The Appleton YMCA was presented The Walter Kalata Landmark Award. The award honors a business that has "withstood the test of time," ADI said, to become a downtown landmark. The YMCA has been in downtown Appleton for 128 years and currently has a $1.9 million renovation underway on its building at 218 E. Lawrence St. It's getting a renovated welcome center, redone locker rooms and other improvements.

Sports Beat for Sunday, March 6

Wisconsin 9:28 p.m. CST March 5, 2016

YMCA of the Fox Cities is taking registrations through March 27 for Spring Flag Football leagues. There are leagues for grades 7-8, 5-6, 3-4, 1-2, and 4K-5K. Practices and games will run Saturdays from April 16 to May 21. Players can register at any YMCA branch or online at Cost is $10 for YMCA family members, $30 for YMCA youth members and $50 for the general public. Equipment is provided and players keep their game jersey. For more information, contact Randy Pelischek at 920-886-2104 or

Future 15: Tom Wendt

Post Crescent 6:56 a.m. CST February 25, 2016

NOTE ON FUTURE 15: Future 15 winners were nominated by their peers. A committee of business leaders (none were from The Post-Crescent) rated the nominees and the panel's score was worth 90 percent. The other 10 percent was from voting tallies via Tom Wendt is the associate executive director at YMCA of the Fox Cities - Appleton. <MORE>

Teen Symposium teaches life skills to succeed

NBC26.COM 7:22 PM, Feb 16, 2016

Area high schoolers are learning how to become leaders of tomorrow through the Symposium for Teens. 350 teens from 18 Fox Valley schools attended the event on Tuesday at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. <MORE>

Students learn leadership skills at teen symposium


APPLETON — Hundreds of area high school student gathered in Appleton Tuesday, in an effort to become leaders in their schools. The teen symposium is sponsored by the United Way and the YMCA of the Fox Cities. <MORE>

Symposium cultivates students' skills

Jen Zettel, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 5:28 p.m. CST February 16, 2016

APPLETON - When Mary Simonis attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School, she didn't realize what her strengths were.

It was only after she spent six years in the military, went to college and came back to the Fox Cities that she realized how she could make a difference in the world.

Her message to more than 300 freshmen on Tuesday was to figure out their strengths and weaknesses now, and build on them.

"We get so stuck on … learning everything about everyone else that we forget to actually learn things about ourselves," she said. "If you never truly know and see how great you are, you will never truly know the difference you can make."

Simonis' talk was part of the 2016 Teen Symposium held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, and sponsored by United Way Fox Cities and the YMCA of the Fox Cities. <MORE>

YMCA annual campaign sets $1.2M goal

USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 4:02 p.m. CST February 12, 2016

APPLETON - The YMCA of the Fox Cities’ 2016 Annual Campaign kicked off on Feb. 11 at the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly.

The campaign is a nationwide initiative for Y’s throughout the country, which ensures that no one is denied the opportunity to experience the YMCA due to an inability to pay. Every dollar raised in the community stays local. <MORE>

Sports Beat for Feb. 7

Wisconsin 7:01 p.m. CST February 6, 2016

The Bridgie Winter Games, a collection of four separate winter events, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort in Neenah. There will be a platform tennis tournament and demonstrations, Abominable Adventure 5K, the 3rd annual Bridgie Sprints cross country skiing event, and a family fun ski. All proceeds benefit the YMCA of the Fox Cities annual campaign. Register at For more information, contact Kelli Briski at or Brian Rammer at

YMCA receives $1 million gift for water safety

Duke Behnke, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 3:15 p.m. CST February 3, 2016

NEENAH - YMCA of the Fox Cities will receive a $1 million endowment from the Robert W. Brown Family to provide free water safety lessons to Neenah and Menasha students beginning in February. Bill Breider, president and chief executive officer of YMCA of the Fox Cities, announced the gift Wednesday. <MORE>

$1 million donation to fund YMCA water safety program


NEENAH - A $1 million donation could help keep kids safe around water. YMCA of the Fox Cities announced that the donation came from the Robert W. Brown Family Endowment. Brown, who died last summer, was a co-founder of Great Northern Corporation and a champion swimmer.

YMCA leaders say the money will be used to provide free water safety lessons to children in Neenah and Menasha. <MORE>

Sports Beat for Jan. 31

Wisconsin 8:36 p.m. CST January 30, 2016

Neenah-Menasha YMCA is accepting teams for its 21st annual Boys Basketball Tournament at Menasha High School on Feb. 21. There are brackets for fifth, sixth and eighth grade. The entry fee is $160 for one team, $140 for a second team and $125 for a third team. Teams are guaranteed three games. The entry deadline is Feb. 5. Coaches can contact Randy Pelischek at 920-886-2104 or to get registration forms or more information.

Appleton YMCA revs up for racquetball

Mike Sherry, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 11:06 p.m. CST January 25, 2016

One of the main missions of the YMCA is to provide opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities.

So when a couple of Fox Valley men approached Ryan Shanklin a few years ago to gauge interest in holding a racquetball tournament at the YMCA, his answer came quickly.

The result is the Appleton Shootout, which will be held at the downtown Appleton YMCA on Friday and Saturday. It is the third year for the tournament, which started as a member-only event in 2014 and became an open event last year. <MORE>

Red Smith banquet honors athletes, volunteers

USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 6:40 p.m. CST January 24, 2016

Standout prep athletes from the Fox Valley and adult volunteers were honored Tuesday during the 51st annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. This year’s winners include:

YMCA OF THE FOX CITIES Ryan Streblow: He is a volunteer coach at the Fox West YMCA. He has coached tackle football teams for the past few years, stressing the Y’s core values with emphasis on respect for teammates, opponents, coaches and referees. He has taught them how to be a gracious winner and a respectful loser. He is dedicated to teaching kids the sport, but also sportsmanship. <MORE>

Sports Beat for January 24

Wisconsin 11:11 p.m. CST January 23, 2016

The Appleton Shootout Racquetball Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the Appleton YMCA. The tournament is open to all players 18 and older. There will be singles and doubles events. The cost is $40 for the first event, with an additional $20 for a second event. the registration deadline is Tuesday. For more information, contact Ryan Shanklin at 920-954-7622 or

Fox Cities YMCA Receives Massive Donation Published 01/12 2016 05:29PM

As their Growing Stronger Together Capital Campaign to raise $9 million dollars for additions and and renovations continues, the Fox Cities YMCA just got a big boost.

On Tuesday, they announced that Appleton Scheels and the Scheels foundation donated $513,000 towards their goal. <MORE>

Scheels donation gives YMCA boost A more than half-million dollar donation is helping the fundraising effort by the YMCA of the Fox Cities.

Posted : January, 12th by WHBY

Scheels is contributing $513,000 toward the $9 million campaign. The YMCA is planning projects at four locations to renovate and expand some of the facilities.

Danielle Englebert is the district executive director at the Appleton YMCA. She says the overall fundraising drive is progressing, and they're within $200,000 to $300,000 of their goal.

Englebert says the gift from Scheels helped them start work at the Fox West and Appleton locations. She says they plan to get going on projects at the Heart of the Valley and Neenah-Menasha branches this year.

YMCA of Fox Cities begins renovation

FOX 11 News by Alexa Santos Monday, December 14th 2015

APPLETON — Those coming into the Appleton YMCA will see changes over the coming months.

As a two million dollar renovation project has another ceremonial kickoff off Monday afternoon, similar to one in Greenville last week.

Bill Breider, President of YMCA of the Fox Cities, said, "At 175,000 square feet, we don't really have the opportunity to build out or up. Now, it's just enhancing these facilities." <MORE>

Fox West YMCA renovation and expansion project breaks ground

by FOX 11 News Thursday, December 10th 2015

APPLETON — A Fox Cities YMCA broke ground Thursday on a $3.4 million renovation and expansion project.

The Fox West facility is one of four YMCA's in the Fox Cities that will see upgrades.

The renovation will include a full-court gym, a 6,000 square foot wellness center, upgraded equipment and an outdoor children's playground. <MORE>

Fox West YMCA breaks ground on expansions

Post-Crescent Media December 8, 2015

The Fox West YMCA will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for facility expansions and renovations at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10 at W6931 School Road, Greenville. <MORE>

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