Photo album and summary: YMCA Healthy Kids Day 2009

Virginia Kaczmarek Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director of the Northfield Area Family YMCA, sent me an email two weeks ago with photos of their May 2 Healthy Kids Day. I neglected to get them posted… till now!

See her email summary of the event below. And see the album of 31 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Hi Griff, 

We had a phenomenal YMCA Healthy Kids Day last Saturday! I’m estimating that about 1300 people came through the event between 10 and 1:00. In all the years I’ve worked with Healthy Kids Day events – this was by far, hands down, the smoothest and most fun. (continued)


Highlights: Hospital Helicopter, Sheriff K-9 Unit demonstration, Fire Truck, Ambulance, police cars, National Guard HUGE inflatable obstacle course, kids relay races AND each table had interactive activities for kids and families.

The Y had an amazing opportunity to talk to many many families about our camp programs, other summer opportunities and membership benefits. It was a very successful morning!

Special thank you to all the volunteers on the Healthy Kids Day Committee:

Nate Budin, Rice County Sheriff
Thad Monroe, Police Officer
Jim Ingham, Northfield Hospital
Erin Mayberry, Community Education
Susan Sanderson, Middle School TORCH Coordinator
Scott Richardson, Northfield Hospital
Lisa Gillespie, Rice County
Machelle Kendrick, Life, Wellness and Eco-directory
Virginia Kaczmarek, YMCA Executive Director

The 2009 YMCA Healthy Kids Day Volunteer Award was given to Machelle Kendrick for her tireless work in preparing and hustling to ensure this event was a success.

Extra special thank you to all our sponsors for ensuring this event is possible (remember – this is not a fundraiser – it’s strictly an event for the families in our community): First National Bank, Just Food Co-op, Malt-O-Meal, Benjamin Bus, Culligan, Minnesota Orthodontics, Northfield Hospital, Rice County Sheriff Department, Sociale Gourmet, Community Resource Bank, Professional Drive Dental and the Northfield Public School Community Services Division.

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