At the Y, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone - regardless of age, income or background - has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Our work wouldn’t be possible without our donors.

We’re especially grateful to the following, who made leadership gifts of $1,000 or more. They are part of a circle of supporters founded in 2005 to honor the memory of Dick Besse, a philanthropist, long-standing member and leader of the YMCA of Central New York. 

Over several decades, Dick gave generously to advance our mission. Besse Society members are recognized year-round in each YMCA branch. For more information, please contact our development office at 474-6851, ext. 317.

The Alder Family
The Allyn Family Foundation
American Cancer Society
American Food & Vending Corp
The Amos Family
Hernando Y. Arandia
Armour of Light Baptist Church
AXA Foundation
Leigh and Susan Baldwin
Ed Barno
Kevin and Lauri Bernstein
Karen Billings
BlueRock Energy
Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation
Bond, Schoeneck and King, LLP
The Bonomo Family
William H. Bradt
Mark and Jennifer Bregande
The Bulger Family
Burns Bros. Contractors, Inc.
Mary and Bill Butler
Andrea and Peter Cantalupe
The Capron Group
Kelly and Chris Carinci
Judy Carr
CNY Community Foundation
CNY Sealing & Plowing, Inc.
Drs. Derek & Norma 
Cooney & Family
Richard E. Cote
Edward Cranston
Douglas Cronin
Raymond R. D’Agostino
Dannible and McKee, LLP
Megan Davis
Lee and Chris DeAmicis
Delta Air Lines
Vita DeMarchi
The Deshaies Family
Jessica and Scott DesRosiers
Richard deVito
Lori Dietz and Ron Westbrook
Donald and Kathleen Distasio
Terry and Candy Dowd
Andrea Downs and Anna Jimenez
Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run
The Drescher Family
Paula Mallory Engel
Ed and Lee Epprecht
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Farella
Farone & Sons, Inc.
FASTSIGNS of Syracuse
Dave and Helaine Feikert 
John and Mary Jane Fennessey
Mary and Joe Flynn
Fulton Savings Bank
John and Jennifer Funicello
Ed and Eva Galson
The Gamage Family in memory of John Gamage
Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Association
GE Foundation - Matching Gifts
The Gifford Foundation
Bea Gonzalez
Cindy Dowd Greene and Mark Greene
T. Gschwender and Associates Inc.
G&C Food Distributors and Brokers, Inc.
Tom and Kelly Griffith
Golden Sun Bus Service, Inc.
Sam and Debra Haines
Liz and Dick Hallberg
Thomas Hamel
Hancock Estbrook, LLP
In loving memory of Elly Hartmanis
John W. Hartnett
The Hawkes Family
Mr. and Mrs. Burnett D. Haylor
Haylor, Freyor & Coon, Inc.
Haynor Hoyt Corp.
Beverly Hays
Hematology-Oncology Associates
Kaye Hershberger Memorial Fund
Doris Hildebrandt
Dave and Ann Horan
Bob and Kay Hornaday
Independent Insurance Agents of CNY
Emily and Chris Iven
Elaine and Steven Jacobs
Dr. Ralph Janicki
Mary and Hans Jensen
Sara Johnson
Tom and Corinne Johnston
JTM Associates, LLC
Just the Right Stuff
Arthur A. Jutton
Michael and Leila Giancone
Ed and Susan Kelley
Tess Kenney
Mike Kerwin
Jim and Kristin King
Russell A. King
Sandra and John Kinsella
Ted and Linda Kiteveles
Kiwanis Club of Baldwinsville
Kris-Tech Wire
Kohl’s Cares for Kids
Fritz Kucinski and Barbara Omicinski
Mary and Tom Lane
Allen R. Lewis
Limperis-Mannara Family
Jill and Ray Lawlor
Liberty Travel
Sarah Lufler and Tim Bumpus
M & T Charitable Foundation
Rich and Rita MacDonald
Carol Manville – In memory of Dick Manville
Candace and John Marsellus
Carol and Nick Marsella
Tim and Patty Marshall
Michael and Marilouise Mattson
Massage Envy
George and Tanya McGuire
Members Give - Just Give
Jeff and Peggy Menter
Merrill Lynch Bank of America Corporation
Andy and Kristie Meyer
Drs. Diane and Craig Montgomery
Erica and James Muscatello
Mark and Karen Nardella
Kevin and Linda Nass
Paul and Lesley Newman
New York Life Insurance Co.
Sally Lou and Fran Nichols
Tracey Noble
O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc.
The Pachmayer Plumley Family 
The Palmer Morgenthien Family
Rob and Roxanne Parmele
Robert and Kelly Pelcher
Johonna and Drew Pelletier
Robert A. Penney
John and Linda Pennisi
Philandelphia Insurance Co.
Nate and Jane Podkaminer
Robert Podkaminer
William and Marty Potter
Tony and Julie Procopio
Cheryl and Alex Pusztai
Michael and Vicki Quigley
Drs. Patricia A. Randall and Stanley Meltzer
Frank and Frances Revoir Foundation
RockBridge Investment
Rotary Club of Dewitt, Inc.
The Saint Agatha Foundation
St. Augustine’s Church
Bob and Toni Salisbury
Vito Sciscioli
Ruth and Stuart Schwartz
Scott and Lisa Sears
SECNY Federal Credit Union
Senior Home Care Solutions
Thomas Sharkey
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Janet and Rick Smith
The John Ben Snow Foundation
Joseph and Patricia Snyder
George and Rita Soufleris
Laurence Sovik
Vincent Spina
Stewart’s Shops
Pam Stinson-In Honor of Joe Stinson
Donna Stoner and George Cady
Summerwood Pediatrics
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists
Syracuse Rotary Foundation
Syracuse University 
Humanities Center
George and Jane Tartick
Paul and Jacqueline Terwilliger
William and Mary L.Thorpe Charitable Fund
Morgan Thurston
Dave and Lisa Towers
John Tulloch
Upstate Chiropractic
USTA - United States Tennis Association
Victor and Kelly Vaccaro
Steve and Cheryl Walker
Welch Allyn, Inc.
Hal and Pat Welsh
C. Bruce Wichmann
Lesley and Larry Wilcox
In Honor of Dr. Les Woodcock
Woodcock and Armani Service 
Ellen Yeomans
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