YMCA Corporate Golf Outing Raises Record Amount for 7th Grade Initiative

Patrick Murray and Chris Sallemi (STP Investment Services) and Bob McGee and Joe Viscuso (Pennoni Associates) golf in support of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine's 7th Grade Initiative at the Chester County Corporate Championship

WEST CHESTER, PA – The YMCA of Greater Brandywine raised a record amount of more than $170,000 during the 10th Annual Chester County Corporate Championship held at Stonewall Links on Monday, September 30. The total was more than five times the amount raised in 2010, the first year the event was held. This event, presented by Precor, raises funds to benefit the Seventh Grade Initiative program, which offers any seventh grader in Chester County a complimentary one-year membership to the YMCA.

“The Seventh Grade Initiative program is critical to healthy youth development. We are proud that the Y is able to help kids discover their passions, develop a sense of belonging, and achieve their personal or educational goals at such an important time in their lives,” explained Denise L. Day, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

As kids face adolescence’s challenges during their early teen years, they’re more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family and to experiment with unhealthy behaviors. The Seventh Grade Initiative program is an opportunity for the Y to engage, cultivate and connect with youth at a time that is most crucial to their development.

This year’s Corporate Golf Outing was an opportunity for 130 area business leaders to play golf on the exclusive greens at Stonewall Links in Elverson and support the over 1,400 local seventh grade YMCA memberships given annually through event sponsorships, registration fees and live auction proceeds.

At the event, 10-year golf participants were recognized for their involvement throughout the decade with a plaque, including: Wawa, Fulton Bank, Pennoni, Elite Group, Communications Test Design, Inc., NSM Insurance Group, Precor and The Tri-M Group, LLC

Thank you to the following area businesses and corporations that supported the event through sponsorships: Presenting Sponsor: Precor; Champion Sponsors: CCI Compass and Fulton Bank; Eagle Sponsors: Colonial Electric Supply, Keough Electric, Inc., Kramer+Marks Architects, Pancoast & Clifford; Birdie Sponsors: Communications Test Design, Inc., EDiS Company, Kreischer Miller, Main Line Commercial Pools, Inc., Matrix Fitness, Rothwell Document Solutions, The Tri-M Group, LLC., Vertex, Inc.; Mid-Course Refreshment Sponsors: Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, Prelude Solutions; Program Sponsor: Pennoni Associates; Putting Contest Sponsor: NSM Insurance Group; Specialty Sponsors: 1919 Investment Counsel, Blue Dog Printing & Design, Brandywine Branch Distillery and Bistro, Colonial Hyundai of Downingtown, Colonial Life, Locust Lane Craft Brewery.