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YMCA hires capital campaign director

Sarah Beth Lardie has joined the YMCA of Greater Syracuse as director of capital campaigns. In this role, Lardie will lead capital fundraising efforts for the YMCA including the Northwest Family YMCA to be built at the corner of Route 31 and Drakes Landing in the town of Lysander.

Fundraising efforts for the Northwest Family YMCA started in 2001. The YMCA and community volunteers are 75 percent of the way toward their fundraising goal. Once complete, the Northwest Family YMCA will bring the life enriching programs and services the YMCA offers at the Downtown YMCA, East Area Family YMCA and North Area Family YMCA to residents of Baldwinsville, Phoenix, Clay and Liverpool.

For more than a decade, Lardie has successfully raised money and increased visibility for a wide variety of non-profits operating in the United States and around the world including the Coalition for Homeless Children and Families, Youth For Understanding and the Jane Goodall Institute. She has successfully led multi-million dollar capital campaigns, a direct mail program for membership and new donor acquisition, which generated nearly $1 million in revenue, and has worked with a wide variety of individuals and corporations to establish their charitable giving programs.

"We are very pleased to have Sarah Beth join the team fundraising to make the Northwest Family YMCA a reality," said Hal Welsh, executive director of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. "Her expertise and leadership will help us bridge the fundraising gap so that we can open the doors that residents of the northwest suburbs have been anxiously awaiting."

The YMCA of Greater Syracuse is a 151 year-old not-for-profit service organization putting Christian principles into action through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. In Onondaga County, the YMCA is the largest provider of school age child care and youth swimming lessons and is the area's largest employer of teens. The YMCA is committed to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities and currently has more than 30,000 members in the Greater Syracuse area.

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