VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Family YMCA would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s “Changing Lives” Annual Community Assistance Drive. This campaign assists the Y in providing scholarship assistance to low income individuals, those with disabilities, and social service agencies so that everyone who seeks better health and well-being has access to the facilities and programs of the Valparaiso Family YMCA. It is the Mission of the Y that no individual will be turned away due to the inability to pay. Through this commitment, the Y is able to give $2 to the community for every $1 that is donated to this cause.
“We cannot begin to thank you for your donations. Your gifts have made it possible for our autistic son to relax and enjoy the pool, especially during the past two years of my husband’s unemployment. You have made a difference,” said the Odenthal Family, scholarship assistance recipients.
This year, three events helped raise funds for the “Changing Lives” Annual Community Assistance Drive. After a Kickoff Telethon, co-chaired by board members Pat Bodensteiner and Jacki Stutzman, 37 volunteers campaigned throughout the spring to solicit pledges. The efforts of our volunteers resulted in a total of $119,036. Teams of campaigners were led by dedicated community leaders Joe Ubben, Chuck Worden, Tom Kennedy, Mark Hardwick, Rob Thorgren and Helga Morton.
In February, the annual Valpo Jazz & Blues Fest raised $30,898. Chaired by Tom Newton, this event brings together Y members, staff, and community volunteers who work together to host an evening of music and dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Our Mother’s Day Plant Sale in May raised more than $1,000.
This year’s Fifty/Fit/Fabulous Style Show will be held on Sept. 26 at Old Town Banquet Center. This event will also benefit the ongoing needs of the community.
To date, $149,934 of the $225,000 goal has been raised. For information, call Donna Demko, Annual Giving Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 462 4185, ext.351.