Silver Bay YMCA To Build New, Multi-Million Dollar Year-Round Lodging, Dining, And Conference Facility
By Liz Hinck
A new addition to Silver Bay YMCA’s historic inn that will include year-round dining, lodging and conference facilities will begin rising along the shores of Lake George later this year, chief executive officer Steve Tamm has announced.
According to Tamm, construction of the two-story, 42,000 sq. ft. building, which is expected to start in September, will be funded in part through a $4 million gift from Virginia (Rowan) and Manning Smith, long-time supporters of Silver Bay YMCA.
The building is to be named in honor of Virginia Rowan Smith’s great-grandfather, William Boyd, an early leader of Silver Bay and the YMCA.
The first significant addition to the inn at Silver Bay since the 1920s, the William Boyd Center will “bring Silver Bay’s campus into the 21st century,” said Tamm.
"The William Boyd Center will be a real game-changer for Silver Bay,” Tamm continued. “Historically, Silver Bay has been primarily focused on its summer programs. This can no longer be the case. Our customer demands, coupled with rising costs and other challenges, require us to look beyond the 10 weeks of summer. We can now look forward to hosting large conference groups throughout the year."
The Smiths’ $4 million gift is one of the largest in the conference center’s 114 year history, said Mike D’Attilio, chairman of Silver Bay’s Board of Trustees.
“We are extremely grateful to the Smiths for their dedication to Silver Bay and their commitment to this project,” said Mike D ’Attilio. “We know their generous gift will serve as an example and an inspiration to the entire Silver Bay community.”
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