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.


FRIENDS
($1,000 - 2,999)

Advantage Sport Fitness, Inc.
The Alder Family
Jason Allers
American Food Vending Corp.
Jennifer and Bill Anninos
Andre and Maya Anthony
Hernando Y. Arandia
Kate Auwaerter
Lisa Bachar
Leigh and Susan Baldwin
Ed Barno
Kevin and Lauri    Bernstein
The Bonomo Family
William H. Bradt
Dan and Anne Bressette
Mike and Laura Brown
Mary and Bill Butler
Kelly Butters & Family
Kelly and Chris Carinci
Judy Carr
Steve Case - Acropolis Realty Group
Century Heating Air Conditioning
Dave Chalifoux, AAMS, CFP Edward Jones Investments
Lawrence Clark
Drs. Valerie and Michael Clarke
Jerri (Cos) Costich
Richard E. Cote
Richard E. Cote
Edward Cranston
Steven M. Critelli
Mac Cummings
Mary M. Currell
Meg Davis
Vita DeMarchi
Jessica and Scott DesRosiers
Richard    deVito
Dick's Sporting Goods
Lori Dietz and Ron Westbrook
Donald and Kathleen Distasio
Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run
The Eaton Family
Ed and Lee Epprecht
Alexandra Epsilant and Daniel Jonas
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Farella
The Fischer Family
Mary and Joe Flynn
Kenneth Foresti
John and Jennifer Funiciello
Edgar Galson
The Gamage Family in memory of John Gamage
Bruce and Nancy Gianni
Tom and Cindy Giffin
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Amy Grabowski
Timothy Graham
Cindy Dowd Greene and Mark Greene
Tom and Kelly Griffith
Sam and Deb Haines
Dick and Liz Hallberg
Thomas Hamel
Hancock Estabrook, LLP
The Hawkes Family
The Hayes Family
Beverly Hays
Hematology-Oncology Associates
Doris Hildebrandt
Bob and Kay Hornaday
Independent Insurance Agents of CNY
Irish-Millar Construction, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce K. Irvine
Shawn and Brenda Jacobs
Elaine and Steven Jacobs
Dr. Ralph Janicki
Mary and Hans Jensen
Tom and Corinne Johnston
Arthur A. Jutton
Mike Kane
Scott Kelley
Tess Kenney
Russell A. King
King & King Architects, LLP
Sandra and John Kinsella
Ted and Linda Kiteveles
Kris-Tech Wire
Dr. Gordon Krizter and Nancy Case Kritzer
Fritz Kucinski and Barbara Omicinski
Hector Landron
Mary and Tom Lane
Jill and Ray Lawlor
Liberty Mutual Group
LitTAP
Lockheed Martin
Ami S. Longstreet
Linda Lowen
Rich and Rita MacDonald
The Madden Family: Chris, Alex and Sutton
The Manning Family
Carol Manville - In Memory of Dick Manville
Tom and Val Manzo
Robert and Sandra Markowski
Carol and Nick Marsella
Charles Martin and Johanna Keller
Anne and Kemper Matt
Michael and Marilouise Mattson
George and Tanya McGuire
Jack Mcloughlin
Wallace and Nancy Memmer
Phil Memmer and Michelle Reiser-Memmer
Anne Menter
Jeff and Peggy Menter
Andy and Kristie Meyer
Beth and Tim Monaco
Erin Mooney
Maxwell Moore
Erica and James Muscatello
Mark and Karen Nardella
National Grid
Paul and Lesley Newman
Tracey Noble
The Nocevski Family
Northside Baptist Church
NYCM Insurance
In Memory of Terence Nyman (1950-2013)
One Group
The Osgood Family
Pachmayer Plumley Family
The Palmer Morgenthien Family
Rob and Roxanne Parmele
Alberta Pepin
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Shelbi Pisciarino
The Porcello Family
Tony and Julie Procopio
James Pulaski
Cheryl and Alex Pusztai
Michael and Vicki Quigley
James and Jean Rautio
Enid G. Reiley
Scott & Katie Reinhardt
Frank and Frances Revior Foundation
Elizabeth Riker
Alicia and Matthew Roberson
Mara Mulligan Roberts
Rotary Club of Dewitt, Inc.
Rotary Club of Syracuse
Cary Rueppel
Molly Ryan
Bob and Toni Salisbury
David Savlov
G. Rob Scott & Lynn Shepard Scott
Thomas Sharkey
Frank Smith
Janet and Rick Smith
Joseph and Patricia Snyder
George and Rita Soufleris
Vincent Spina
Walter and Olga Stanton
Jennifer Stapleton
Stewart's Shops
Pam Stinson - In Honor of Joe Stinson
Donna Stoner and George Cady
Raymond and Linda Straub
The Sweet Family
The Szatkowski Family
George and Jane Tartick
Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co.
Winthrop Thurlow
Morgan Thurston
Dave Towers
George and Barb Tremiti
United Auto Supply
United Healthcare Medicare Solutions
The Upstate Foundation
Victor and Kelly Vaccaro
Virtucom Group
VOSS Signs
In Memory of Donald Waful
Steve and Cheryl Walker
Tim Wayne
Geoff Wells
Hal and Pat Welsh
WestRock
Courtney Wilson
Aaron and Jennifer Wood
In Honor of Dr. Les Woodcock
Stuart Wright
Anonymous (6)


AMBASSADORS
($3,000 - 5,999)

The Amos Family
Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation
Columbus Foundation
Dr. Ruben and Mrs. Evelyn Cowart
Kathleen Drescher
Paula Mallory Engel
FASTSIGNS of Syracuse
Robert Gale
Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.
Hill & Markes Inc.
Hueber Breuer Foundation Fund
JTM Associates, LLC
Kaye Hershberger Memorial Fund
The Kelberman Center
Ed and Susan Kelley
Mike Kerwin
George Kirkpatrick
Sally Lou and Fran Nichols
Robert and Kelly Pelcher
Johonna and Drew Pelletier
Nicholas Phillips and Dr. Juanita M. Welnicki, MD
Precor
Rockbridge Investment
SECNY Federal Credit Union
Sweet Frog Fayetteville
Syracuse University
Upstate Chiropractic
Wegmans


FOUNDERS
($6,000 - 9,999)

Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP
Comfort Systems USA
Golden Sun Bus Service, Inc.
Just the Right Stuff
Massage Envy
NBT Bank
Ruth and Stuart Schwartz
Anonymous


BENEFACTORS
($10,000 - 24,999)

Aroha Philanthropies
The Drescher Family
G&C Food Distributors and Brokers, Inc.
Kohl's National Giving Program
Candace and John Marsellus
New York State Council on the Arts
John and Linda Pennisi
Robert Penny
The Jon Ben Snow Foundation
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists
WellNow


LEADERSHIP CIRCLE
($25,000 and up)

The Allyn Family Foundation
Delta Airlines
John and Mary Jane Fennessey
Dave and Ann Horan
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Nazareth
The Saint Agatha Foundation
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
YMCA of the USA