Celebrating 50 years of Fitton & Fairfield Family YMCA
On Feb. 21st, 1968, a preview of campaign plans for the YMCA Expansion Fund were revealed to a group of 35 civic, business and industrial leaders in the Hamilton Fairfield area. An Honorary Advisory Committee was introduced at that time, including Chairman, Don W. Fitton, and members William Beckett, Paul Benninghofen, Warren L. Pabst, Peter E. Rentschler, Morris G. Taylor and E. A. Wente. The session was called by campaign co-chairmen, Vaden W. Fitton and Peter R. Renstchler. Three independent surveys were conducted, all of which confirmed “an alarming lack of cultural and recreational opportunities in the Hamilton area. The most critical need, according to the surveys, lies in the area of family and youth-oriented programs.”
A capital campaign in 1968 raised more than $1,000,000 to build both facilities. On November 1, 1970, after 8 years of planning, both facilities were dedicated, now 50 years later we are excited to celebrate the impact the YMCA has had on families living in Hamilton & Fairfield.
Fitton Family YMCA Celebration - November 9 - 13, 2020
Throughout the week, community members are invited to come to the YMCA, and reminisce on it's history. We'll have historical facts on display, and we want to hear your stories! We will be taking COVID precautions throughout the week including temperature taking upon entry, mask wearing and physical distancing.
- November 11 - Reverse Parade - 5:00 - 6:00pm
- Participants will simply pull into the parking lot and be directed to 6-8 stations where each car will get a free gift from each station! 2020 commemorates five decades for the Fitton Family YMCA and we want the commmunity to come out and enjoy this reverse parade as we celebrate 50 extraordinary years!
- November 12 - 50 for 50 - Beginning at 8:00am
- Join Ian Mackenzie-Thurley, Board Member at the Fitton Family YMCA, as he rides 50 miles on a spin bike in the lobby of the YMCA! Other members will also participate by jumping in the pool to swim a lap, run a mile on a treadmill, or by joining in with Ian on a bike for a mile or two.