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Elgin, Schaumburg Ys sharing management

Updated: March 20, 2013 6:26AM

Two local YMCAs that split in three decades ago are joining together again.

The Prairie Valley Family YMCA of the Greater Elgin Area and the Alfred Campanelli YMCA Board of Directors announce a new management agreement Monday in which Campanelli CEO Gary Bublitz will provide CEO leadership of both the Campanelli Y and the Prairie Valley Family Y.

A joint committee of board members worked for approximately two months on the planning and due diligence of the agreement, culminating in a unanimous board vote on both boards in favour of the management agreement, according to a press release issued by the two YMCAs.

As part of the management agreement, members of the Alfred Campanelli Board of Directors will join with members of the Prairie Valley Family Board of Directors to provide oversight of the agreement. The agreement will join four branch locations of Prairie Valley Family Y (Taylor in Elgin, Camp Edwards in Wisconsin, Gilberts and St. Charles) with the Campanelli Y and Zurich Fitness Center, representing a total budget responsibility of nearly $6 million and more than 8,000 members, the release said.

“The management agreement brings together two strong YMCAs with a long history of working together to create an association stronger than each entity independently,” Bublitz said. “The goal of this agreement is to work toward merging both organizations at some point in the future.”

In 1968, the Elgin YMCA created the Twinbrook branch in Schaumburg, and in 1983 Twinbrook became an independent Y. Now, the two organizations will once again reunite to provide YMCA services across the northwest suburban and Fox Valley regions, the release said.

It said representatives of the YMCA of the USA and various community leaders “eagerly supported this agreement.”

Prairie Valley Family YMCA is headquartered at 50 N. McLean in Elgin and Alfred Campanelli YMCA is at 300 W. Wise Road in Schaumburg. For more information, call the Elgin location at (630) 503-6570 or the Schaumburg location at (847) 891-9622. Web sites are and

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