Region – The YMCA of Central Massachusetts will celebrate 150 years of service at its Anniversary Gala Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Over 350 business and community leaders and friends will come together at the YMCA of Central Massachusetts” original home, historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, to celebrate the success of this cause-driven organization on the exact day it opened in 1864.
The evening, hosted by entertainment reporter and television anchor Joyce Kulhawik, will feature stories of those who have been directly impacted by the Y, told by those in attendance and also captured in short vignettes called, “Voices from the Y.”
Also in attendance will be Y-USA's President and CEO Neil Nicoll, whose 46-year career with the Y includes 12 years as president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Worcester, and Christine Marcks, chair of the YMCA of the USA's National Board.
“The gala's theme – honoring our past, celebrating our impact and investing in our future ??” gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the many individuals who have supported the Y's cause for the past 150 years,” shared Kathryn Zingg Hunter, president/CEO YMCA of Central Massachusetts. “This celebration is a tribute to the impressive contributions of all those, both staff and volunteers, who have and continue to strengthen communities through our three focus areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”
Longtime YMCA volunteers and supporters, Mark and Jan Fuller and David and Sue Woodbury are event co-hosts. Presenting sponsor of the event is Harvard Pilgrim.
What began as a small Y operation in 1864 has become one of the region's largest and most significant cause-driven organizations. The Y's four full-service branches serve close to 30,000 members across 57 cities and towns. It also delivers programs at more than 15 sites in other locations along with three rural summer day camps. Collaboration with more than 100 other partners extends the impact to nearly 60,000 individuals annually.
For more information and tickets, visit www.ymcaofcm.org.