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Rye Volunteer Uses Town Ties to Bond Community

RYE, N.Y. - For longtime Rye resident and philanthropist Sally Wright, living in the same tight-knit community for more than three decades has had its perks—especially when her goal is to build a bond between the folks of Westchester one family at a time.

And judging by the funds she’s helped raise for Rye YMCA as development director in the last 15 years, she has made quite a splash already with her friends and neighbors.

For one, she helped gather around 1,000 participants to compete in money-raising events like the Rye Derby this past May for the YMCA, plus a slew of other campaigns like Strong Kids.

She also had a hand in collecting $350K worth of financial assistance collected just last year to benefit those financial unable to afford participation in the swimming, gym-time and other healthy activities offered by the organization.

This year, they’re expecting to raise the bar by another $70,000.

“I love walking in the door because I know I’ll be challenged; I learn something to do every day,” she said of her day-to-day routine.

As for those locals who may have lost jobs during the current economic recession? Those efforts certainly did not unnoticed.

“We turn none away that needs us,” added Wright. What’s more, the mother-of-three also juggles her time between that and the Rye Chamber of Commerce , where she has helped coordinate events for the past 10 to 12 years. The result: the conception of everything from a local farmer’s market to an annual Mistletoe Magic event to spread Christmas cheer to the people Rye.

The nearby do-gooder uses those connections to do a greater good for the community.

“Fundraising is all about relationships: they’re my neighbors and folks that my kids have gone to school with their kids—we’re like one big happy family,” said Wright.

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