Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 25, 2013

Making a difference

Merrimack Valley YMCA to receive Service Club of Andover award

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The Service Club has already donated $50,000 to the YMCA’s expansion project, said Fossella, who added its members firmly believe that a larger YMCA is good for the area.

Fossella said the YMCA is especially committed to working with developmentally disabled individuals and the Service Club’s Make A Difference Award recognizes the impact the organization has made as part of its mission to serving the community.

Gary Morelli, chief operating officer at the Merrimack Valley YMCA, said he is “thrilled, happy and honored” to see his organization receive the award.

Currently, there are nine groups working with developmentally disabled youth and adults that participate in YMCA programs, including swimming, basketball and arts and crafts.

The planned expansion, which is expected to break ground this fall, will bring state-of-the-art programming and services for all ages to the YMCA.

“We have served those with special needs for over 40 years. And we will continue to serve them,” Morelli said.

IF YOU GO

What: Service Club of Andover’s Charity Gala and Auction featuring special guest WBZ-TV sports anchor and celebrity Dan Roche and awarding of Make a Difference Award to the Merrimack Valley YMCA

When: Saturday, April 27; cocktails and silent auction, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.; live auction, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Andover Country Club

How: Tickets $75. Proceeds will benefit The One Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Visit www.serviceclubofandover.org for more.

Added attraction: In honor of The One Fund, a special auction item up for grabs will be a studio tour for 15 people of WBZ-TV studios in Boston with sportscaster Dan Roche of Andover. Bids can be accepted online.

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