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Since its inception in T&T in 1964,
the YMCA of T&T has been focused
on the development of children and
A release said the mission of the
"Y" as it s commonly called, is to
develop healthy, caring, responsible
individuals contributing to a society
characterised by love and unity.
YMCATT has benchmarked the
standard for youth outreach services
for over 50 years, serving a number
of at risk youth across the country.
In an effort to further serve our com-
munities, the organisation has a wide
range of health and wellness activities
and programmes for people of all ages.
YMCATT offers open swim, zumba,
boot camp fitness, aqua fitness, foot-
ball and road tennis. These health
and wellness programmes all fall
under the Feel Good, Get Fit initiative.
YMCATT recently started a free open
day which occurs on the third Friday
of every month. The Feel Good Get
Fit Open Day is open to the general
public, to experience all of these pro-
grammes free of charge.
The YMCA started the open day
initiative because of what it saw as
the need to introduce an assortment
of fitness activities from qualified and
Additionally, the programme is sup-
ported by expert nutritional and well-
ness professionals who provide guid-
ance to facilitate holistic health and
wellness. Feel Good, Get Fit, therefore,
creates a platform in which a healthy
lifestyle is affordable to everyone.
YMCATT has also partnered with
companies such as Nestle Trinidad
Limited, Unicomer and other corpo-
rate entities to upgrade the facilities
and to launch a youth membership
The flesh-coloured, skin-tight bead-
ed gown Marilyn Monroe wore during
her breathless rendition of Happy
Birthday to President John F Kennedy
is going on the auction block this fall.
Julien s Auctions is offering the
sequined stunner at a sale in Los Ange-
les on November 17. The auction house
believes the gown could fetch US$2
million to US$3 million.
The sultry actress wore the barely-
there dress at Kennedy s 45th birthday
celebration at Madison Square Garden
on May 19, 1962. Made of silk gauze
and covered in thousands of rhinestone
beads and sequins, the Jean Louis dress
was so form-fitting that Monroe had
to be sewn into it.
She died less than three months later
of an overdose of sleeping pills at age
36. Kennedy died the following year.
The custom-made, one-of-a-kind
dress is "not only Hollywood, but polit-
ical and historical," said Julien s pres-
ident Darren Julien.
The dress was first purchased 17 years
ago at Christie s auction by the late
financier Martin Zweig, who kept it in
a climate-controlled display case at his
Pierre Hotel penthouse in New York.
It is being sold by his estate.
"She called it skin and beads," said
Julien of the gown. And because the
dress "was sewn on Marilyn Monroe,
Zweig had it professionally mounted
on a mannequin. It s never been off it,
and is immaculately preserved."
The dress was last sold at auction
in 1999 for US$1.26 million, the highest
auction price for a Monroe dress to
The dress is among some 1,300 Mon-
roe artifacts being offered by Julien s
over three days. They include items
from the estate of Monroe s acting
coach Lee Strasberg and from David
Gainsborough-Roberts, a British col-
lector believed to have the largest private
collection of Monroe costumes.
A sheer black beaded and sequined
dress from the movie Some Like it Hot
also is for sale.
Prior to the sale, the custom-made
Happy Birthday Mr President dress will
be showcased at MANA Contemporary
in Jersey City, New Jersey, as part of
an exhibition focusing on Monroe as
an artist, from September 25 through
October 22. It will include some of her
watercolors and handwritten poems,
which will be sold by Julien s.
The dress also will travel outside of
the United States for the first time for
an exhibition at the Museum of Style
Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, from Octo-
ber 29 through November 6. (AP)
free fitness open days
Some members of the public take in an aqua fitness class at the YMCATT.
Marilyn's 'Happy Birthday'
gown goes to auction
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