Local YMCA celebrates year with staff rally

The local YMCA celebrated its impact on the community Sunday.

At its sixth annual staff rally, hundreds of YMCA employees gathered at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Onalaska to go over the previous year and honor employees who stood out.

With 650 employees, organizers say it’s important to have an event where everyone comes together.

“It’s so important they come together because if they work in the aquatics department, they’re very familiar with the impact aquatics has on the community, but they may not be familiar with all the other programs the Y has to offer,” director of mission advancement Amy Holte said, “so they learn from one another by sharing impact stories so they can leave with a better understanding of the impact the Y really has.”