Castle Centennial Gala at Frost Valley YMCA

Celebrate the anniversary of  the Castle Centennial by raising funds to preserve its rich history.

Castle Centennial Gala - Frost Valley YMCA
Photo courtesy of Frost Valley YMCA.

Commemorate with Frost Valley YMCA as they host their 100th anniversary event, Castle Centennial Gala, on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. This event will be an amazing opportunity for the community to enjoy an unforgettable evening of live music, great cuisine, drinks and a beautiful view. It will also promote the awareness for the Friends of the Castle endowment with some of the most supportive donors.

A special thanks to the generous sponsors of this event: The Kaskel Family, Robert Messick, Peter Elsasser, Mike & Lorraine Dean, The Margetts Foundation, Peter Sundman, and Jim and Bobbi Vaughan.

“For the Frost Valley YMCA community, the castle is a symbol of our history in the Catskills and the inspired vision our organization had when it moved from New Jersey to New York nearly 60 years ago. When the land and the castle were transferred from the Forstmann family to what is now Frost Valley YMCA in 1956, the potential of the area was clear: we’d be able to serve more children and families, and this location would provide an experience unlike any other in the world. This Castle Centennial Gala is an event for our community of alumni, staff, volunteers and donors to both celebrate the castle and the memories made here as well as to raise the funds necessary to ensure that the Frost Valley Castle is maintained and preserved so its iconic legacy can continue for years to come, said Jerry Huncosky, CEO of Frost Valley YMCA.

“Most importantly, this event will bring people together to celebrate the Frost Valley community’s shared passion for the castle and for the individuals we serve,” said Huncosky. “We’re certain the night will be a memorable and rewarding evening.”

The Castle Centennial Gala will be highlighted by Catskills own, Justin Kolb. Kolb is a classical pianist and a longtime supporter of Frost Valley YMCA. He has performed all over the world and has graciously offered to perform for what will be a fabulous evening. He has premiered compositions by Robert Starer, John Downey, Peter Schickele, Paul Alan Levi, William Ferris and Robert Cucinotta. Collaborations include performances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, Amernet String Quartet, North Shore Concert Band and William Ferris Chorale. A cofounder, Kolb serves as Chairman Emeritus of the “Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.”  Please visit to learn more.

“If you asked me for one word to describe Frost Valley it would be ‘magical.’ It’s magical for different reasons for each person who comes here. You simply have to come up yourself to feel the magic as you drive into camp, surrounded by trees and winding rivers, away from everyday life,” said Alison Butxon, Chief Development Officer of Frost Valley YMCA.

Frost Valley YMCA believes in being a value-driven organization that encourages youth development, healthy living and social responsibility through educational and recreational activities outdoors. They are guided through eight core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility and stewardship. With these principles, it serves as their foundation of enhancing a relationship with nature and each other.

Frost Valley YMCA is open to people of all ages as it sits in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just two hours north of New York City. To be exact, it is located on 2000 Frost Valley Road in Claryville, N.Y. They can be best contacted at 845-985-2291.

To purchase tickets for the Castle Centennial Gala, please go to you have any questions about the Castle Centennial Gala, please contact Matthew Johns, Director of Outreach and Alumni Relations at 845-985-2291 ext. 258 or email

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