ymca 140th onestie jacksonPHOTO – Onestie Jackson of Asbury Park, a student at Richard Stockton State College, shares her story at The Community YMCA’s Annual Benefit on Sept. 27 at Camp Arrowhead in Marlboro.

Shrewsbury, NJ  – The borough of Red Bank and several local residents were acknowledged for their long-time support of The Community YMCA at the organization’s 140th Anniversary Benefit on Saturday, September 27, at Camp Arrowhead in Marlboro.

More than 200 people attended the Annual Benefit, which raised over $150,000 to support the Y’s mission to ensure that everyone - regardless of age, income or background - has access to life-changing YMCA programs and services.

Asbury Park resident Onestie Jackson shared a moving story about how the Y helped her realize her dream of becoming the first in her family to attend college, despite many obstacles. “The Y gave me hope when I had none,” said Jackson, a freshman at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, who participated in the Y’s Achievers program during her senior year of high school. 

The Community YMCA’s President and CEO Rhonda Anderson said the Y was pleased to mark its milestone anniversary by celebrating community service and giving homage to Red Bank and the many volunteers and donors who’ve helped the organization strengthen people, families and communities.

“The Y has improved the lives of generations of Monmouth County residents, thanks to the support of dedicated volunteers, generous donors and community partners,” Anderson said, noting that the nonprofit currently serves over 20,000 people in greater Monmouth County.

ymca 140th rb councilPHOTO – Y President and CEO Rhonda Anderson (center) presents the Community Partner Award to the town of Red Bank, represented (L to R) by: Councilman Ed Zipprich, Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, Mayor Pasquale Menna, and Councilwomen Juanita Lewis and Kathleen Horgan.

The town of Red Bank, where the Y was founded in 1874, was presented the Community Partner Award for collaborating with Y to help all individuals and families in Red Bank live healthier. Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna accepted the award on behalf of the borough.

ymca 140th bidgoodPHOTO– Y President and CEO Rhonda Anderson (right) presents the Distinguished Citizen Service Award to Steve and Lynn Bidgood (center) following an introduction from their daughters (L to R) Shauna and Megan.

Eatontown residents Lynn and Steve “Biddy” Bidgood were honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award, given to those who demonstrate outstanding civic and volunteer leadership in the community. The Bidgoods’ daughters, Megan and Shauna, presented the award to their parents, who have dedicated much of their personal and professional lives to local community service. Through their charitable efforts, the Bidgoods have raised over $1 million for worthy local organizations - including the Y - and have helped improve the quality of life for many of their fellow neighbors. Steve Bidgood is Managing Partner of Salt Creek Grille in Rumson and has served as a member of the Y board for over 10 years. Lynn Bidgood works part-time at the Y’s Red Bank facility and volunteers for the American Red Cross.

ymca 140th legacy awardsPHOTO – President and CEO Rhonda Anderson (third from right) congratulates Legacy Award honorees and their family members (L to R): Donna Mazza, accepting for Harry Greenwood; Dan Matarese; Richard Maser; Chris Mosley; Thomas Register; Shirley Parker, on behalf of Drs. Parker; and Chester Apy.

Volunteers, past and present, who’ve made a significant impact on the nonprofit’s 140-year history were honored with the Legacy Award as follows:

  • Chester Apy of Red Bank, a former Monmouth County Assemblyman, who was elected President of The Community YMCA in 1974 at the centennial annual meeting.  He played a pivotal role in the growth of the Y during the 1970s.
  • Thomas Register, Red Bank, has helped expand the Y Achievers initiative and other outreach programs designed to prepare young people for college and the workforce. The owner of Del Rose Cleaning Company, he has been involved with the Y for eight years. 
  • Harry Greenwood, Middletown, served two terms on the Y Board of Directors in the 1950s and 70s and helped raise over $800,000 in a capital campaign that funded a major expansion of the Y’s Red Bank facility. His daughter, Donna Mazza, accepted the award on his behalf.
  • Richard Maser of Long Branch and CEO/President of Maser Consulting, has a 25-year history of supporting the Y. A former member of the Board of Directors and Board of Managers for the Y’s counseling and social services, he has helped raise over $1 million to support the Y.
  • Dan Matarese, Marlboro, served as chairman of the Y’s Camp Board of Managers for three years and has contributed to the growth of The Community YMCA’s two outdoor day camps. The owner of Danco General Contracting, he currently serves on the Board of Directors and has been involved with the Y for six years.
  • Chris Mosley, Marlboro, is president of Complete Security Systems and has served a three-year term on the Camp Board of Managers, providing leadership to the expansion of outdoor recreation for the Y. He also served as co-chair of last year’s Annual Benefit and has volunteered for the Y for six years.
  • Jay Patock, of Oceanport, owner of Patock Construction and long-time supporter of the Y, took the lead in reconstructing The Children’s Learning Center in Matawan in 1993, which has become the main hub of childcare services for the Y.

The benefit was chaired by Gustav “Gus” Fingado of Shrewsbury and featured music from Tim McLoone & the Shirleys and was catered by Merri-Makers. The evening included silent and live auctions and a 50/50 cash raffle.