Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. (CNB) has donated $350,000 towards the construction of the new Sands Family YMCA on North Street. In recognition of their contribution, the YMCA of Greater Rochester, which operates the Canandaigua facility, will designate a section of the new facility as the CNB Midway Adventure Center and Child Watch.
Vince Yacuzzo, CNB’s Chief Financial Officer and a YMCA member, expressed pride in supporting the new state-of-the-art YMCA. Yacuzzo, a parent himself, emphasized the importance of quality childcare and programs for children in the community. The Child Watch area, dedicated to younger children, will include soft-play elements designed for learning and play. For older children, the Adventure Center will feature a two-story climbing structure with slides and obstacles.
Both the Child Watch and Adventure Center areas will pay tribute to the local icon, Roseland Amusement Park on Canandaigua Lake, which closed in 1985. Sands Family YMCA Executive Director Jason Gottfried said, “Being able to celebrate the past while looking toward a new era of service in Canandaigua is something we’re very excited about.” Gottfried added that the support from a local community organization like CNB highlights their shared commitment to families in the community.
The bank’s donation is crucial for the YMCA to reach its $6 million fundraising goal for the new facility, named in honor of the Sands Family Foundation’s historic $13.5 million gift. The new Sands Family YMCA is scheduled to open on October 2.
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