West Suburban YMCA Receives Donation as Part of Hale Family $26.2 Million

Giving Tied to the Boston Marathon
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April 24, 2024

The West Suburban YMCA announced today that they are one of 72 organizations who received a donation from Rob Hale and his wife, Karen, as part of a $26.2 million giving effort tied to the Boston Marathon. Hale, co-founder and President of Granite Telecommunications LLC, ran the marathon for the first time on April 15. 

“Our organization is grateful for the generous grant we’ve received from the Hale family. It’s a testament to the enduring support of our community and a reaffirmation of our commitment to serving all,” said Jack Fucci, President and CEO of the West Suburban YMCA. “With this gift, we can continue our vital work in empowering individuals, strengthening families, and building a healthier, more connected community.” 

The donation will support the West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Fund, which advances the Y’s mission of strengthening the foundation of the community through health, social, and educational programs. Rooted in our community, the Y is the leading nonprofit committed to connecting all people with their potential, purpose, and each other. 

“Recognizing the immense impact the fabled Marathon has had on our proud city, we are humbled to be able to make these gifts to wonderful organizations throughout our region that support our community,” said Hale in an email letter to local charities sent moments after he crossed the finish line at Copley Square. “Please take and use this gift to further your vital mission. Together we make Boston Strong.” 

“Our organization depends on the generosity of the community to enable us to keep our programs open and accessible to all,” Fucci said. “Today, we serve more individuals and families, provide more community benefits and financial aid, and are involved in the community more than any time in our history. We are grateful.” 

For more information about supporting the Y, visit www.wsymca.org/donate.