Clergy, youth spread cheer at YMCA tree lighting

From left: Ed Philipp, CEO of the YMCA of Greenwich; the Rev. Erin Keys of First Presbyterian Church; Rabbi Deborah Salomon of Hebrew Wizards; the Rev. Jenny Owens of Christ Church, Greenwich; and the Rev. Heather Sinclair of First United Methodist Church.

From left: Ed Philipp, CEO of the YMCA of Greenwich; the Rev. Erin Keys of First Presbyterian Church; Rabbi Deborah Salomon of Hebrew Wizards; the Rev. Jenny Owens of Christ Church, Greenwich; and the Rev. Heather Sinclair of First United Methodist Church.

The YMCA of Greenwich celebrated the holiday season with its annual tree lighting Monday night. In true holiday spirit, Y officials reported, Greenwich local Tony Galazin donated the tree, which now lights up Central Greenwich.

This year was a particularly special celebration for the YMCA as clergy members from four local religious organizations addressed the crowd with holiday blessings and inspirations. Students from the YMCA after-school program at St. Roch Avenue also helped spread the holiday cheer, entertaining the group with modern renditions of several classic Christmas carols.

The YMCA of Greenwich was founded more than 98 years ago, in 1916. Today, it is the largest community-based organization in town with more than 5,000 members. It offers healthy living, youth development, athletic, and lifelong learning programs. For more information, visit greenwichymca.org.

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