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Rochester Area Family YMCA celebrates 50th year on First Avenue Southwest

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Despite some muggy weather Sunday, dozens gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rochester Area Family YMCA on First Avenue Southwest.

Attendees enjoyed a picnic while reliving memories of the Y's past and discussing the bright future of opportunity with both the expansion of University of Minnesota-Rochester and the growing DMC movement.  Archives of the Y's beginnings on First Avenue Southwest were displayed as a reminder of the hard work that has gone into building the organization's reach and impact on the community.

Volunteers over the years reflected on how the efforts of a few have enhanced the lives of many.

"For many people who don't have family here, the Y is their family," said Jorrie Johnson, secretary of the Rochester Area Family YMCA Board of Directors. "It's a place that they can come and know that they're welcome, and we come together as a community here at the Y to play and learn and grow."

Games, music and a performance by the Words Players Theatre of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream could be enjoyed for all who came out.

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