November 16, 2006, MANCHESTER, NH — The law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A., with offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Concord, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to become a major contributor to the Greater Manchester YMCA’s 2006 capital campaign with a combined donation of $150,000.
In recognition of the donation, Greater Manchester YMCA’s newly renovated cardiovascular and weight-training facility has been named the Anthem/McLane Family Fitness Center. The new center has been equipped with full lines of state-of-the-art equipment for both endurance and cardio vascular workouts.
“This sponsorship represents a partnership between our organizations that share in the ideals of supporting both family togetherness and a healthy lifestyle,” said Michael McCluskey, McLane’s Executive Director.
The firm has been an active contributor to the YMCA for more than 30 years. Bill Zorn, a director in McLane’s Trusts and Estate Planning department currently serves as co-chair of the capital campaign.
The YMCA’s campaign goal of $3,200,000 includes major facility upgrades to the downtown center in Manchester, the Allard Center in Goffstown and day-plus-overnight camping facilities. To date over $2,400,000 has been raised.
About the Greater Manchester YMCA
The Manchester YMCA was founded in 1854. For the first 55 years, the Y offered Bible-study classes and educational programs for young men working in the mills in rented space where Hampshire Plaza is currently located. In 1909, a capital campaign funded building the facility at 30 Mechanic Street—providing residences for single men, the first indoor pool in the state, a gymnasium with a running track, swim classes, gymnastics, weight training, and teen programs. In the 1920s, the Y shifted its attention to pioneering the physical fitness movement, eventually offering the largest aerobics program in New England. In 1962, the East Gym and a new four-lane pool were added. The Manchester YMCA opened to women in 1976, pioneering a high-quality day care program. Within the next ten years, they opened the Carpenter Gym and adult locker rooms, and closed the residences. But it wasn’t until 1990 that the Y changed its strategic direction from adult fitness to youth and family services. Over the last decade, membership statistics changed from 70 percent adults to 70 percent youth and families. Now the Manchester YMCA is the area’s largest provider of child care programs, youth sports, and aquatics.
About the McLane Law Firm
Founded in 1919, the McLane Law Firm is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth. Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.