Join Us to Support the YMCA
Feb. 20, 2021
Celebrate & Support the Y on Feb. 24!
Mark your calendar and "zoom" with us to support the Wood River Community YMCA, our home since 2012. Our annual fundraiser, by necessity, will be virtual this year. We'll have virtual games on Feb. 24 and 26, with half the bridge income going to the YMCA. Sylvia Miller will host a Zoom party (photo of earlier Zoom party above) following the game on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Please email Sylvia at if you plan to attend so she can send you the link.
--Chuck Abramo and Jo Murray
Standing Together to Make a Difference
Message from the YMCA
As we move into 2021, we do so with a tremendous sense of gratitude and appreciation for you and your support in standing with the Y through the challenges of 2020.

Together, we quickly adapted to provide modified youth and healthy living programs in a safe environment. Together, we listened to the needs of the community and created new delivery modes and innovative programs. Together we partnered with our school district and families to fill the gaps, provide hope, and nurture learning.

We want to take a moment to show you how your generous gifts have helped the Y make a positive impact in a harrowing year and how we’ll continue the momentum into 2021.
2020 Highlights
Supported Children and Families Through Uncertain and Challenging Academic Conditions
  • Met the needs of working families for childcare and education support during school closures and hybrid scheduling.
  • Launched a new all-day program to accommodate school children and expanded capacity through facilities at The Mint in Hailey and re-purposed space in the Y’s Ketchum facility.
  • Youth Programs weaved literacy into activities at day camps, climbing clubs, and Bonni’s Garden, and we continued to innovate with literacy inclusion throughout the school year.
  • Power Scholars celebrated a successful summer program at Bellevue Elementary with health and safety protocols that made it one of the first programs allowed back into Blaine County School District facilities. 
Provided a Safe Space for Members & Guests to Continue Health & Fitness Routines During a Stressful Time
  • Set the bar locally for safety protocols and innovation to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 and meet the Centers for Disease Control, South Central Public Health District, Idaho Rebounds, and local government standards.
  • Increased air-flow by 40 percent and installed ionization clean-air systems.
  • Conducted group exercise outside (weather permitting), including chronic disease and longevity programs.
  • Adapted the Healthy Living exercise space to accommodate social distancing requirements.
Heading into 2021
As we head into 2021, the Y continues to provide Healthy Living programs and to build on the tremendous need for Youth Development. 

For Healthy Living, we’re focused on safely bringing more members back to the chronic disease, longevity, aquatic, climbing and fitness programs that provide physical and mental health and social connection for our community. 

On the Youth Development front, we are enhancing and expanding all of our programs that can enrich youth education. In addition to Power Scholars summer academic achievement program, we will be announcing a new summer school with the potential to serve 15 to 20 percent of Blaine County’s students with a focus on those who have become academically vulnerable during this past year of remote and hybrid school.

Thank you for standing with the Y.
3 Ways to Donate to the YMCA
  1. Mail a check, made out to Wood River Community YMCA, directly to the Y at P. O. Box. 6801, Ketchum ID 83340.
  2. Donate online here.
  3. Mail a check, made out to Wood River Community YMCA, to Jo Murray, P. O. Box 1101 Ketchum ID 83340.
If you donate directly to the Y, please mention that you are part of Sun Valley Bridge at the YMCA.
Earn Double Masterpoints
in Games Feb. 23-28
Sun Valley Bridge will host five special virtual games Feb. 23-28.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 - Game supports ACBL Educational Foundation, $7.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Game supports Wood River Community YMCA, $10.
  • Friday, Feb. 26 - Game supports Wood River Community YMCA, $10.
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 - Game supports ACBL Educational Foundation, $7.
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 - Game supports ACBL Educational Foundation, $7.
Mark Your Calendar: Another "Stardust" Week Coming Soon
Watch for additional games with extra masterpoints the week of March 22-28. We'll have special games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Online Lessons: Hidden Messages of Responder's
1 NT Bid
Join your friends at an online lesson.
  • When to Duck: Should You Take a Winner Now or Later? Feb. 22 & 24
  • The Hidden Messages When Responder Bids 1 NT, March 1 and 3
  • The Many Meanings of 2 NT, March 8 and 10
  • How to Play 3 NT, March 15 and 17
Click here for the complete online lesson schedule.
Play Bridge at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch
Join us for four days and three nights of bridge lessons, duplicate games with masterpoints, gourmet meals, fun and fellowship in the spectacular setting of the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch this summer. The June retreat is sold out. Three cabins are left for the Aug. 22-25 retreat. We will offer day passes for lessons, games, lunch and dinner if health conditions permit.
Special Games Feb. 23-28
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Fridays, 3 p.m.
Sundays, 3 p.m.
Masterpoint Winners
Click here to see who placed in recent games.