Y Gala raises $ 95,000 for financial assistance and youth programs – Los Alamos Reporter

Y Gala raises $ 95,000 for financial assistance and youth programs – Los Alamos Reporter

Y’s PROM & AID took place at La Fonda in Santa Fe on April 23rd. Photo by Jocelyn Chapman / YMCA

JazzCombo Photo Cutline: Los Alamos Jazz Combo has live entertainment. Members include Jan McDonald, trumpet; Mike Wagner, trumpet; Jerry Morzinski, trombone; Wendy Keffler, saxophone; Tom Rheam, keyboard; Ralph Mark, percussion; Deniece Korzekwa, bass; and vocalists Joy Reynolds and Rene LeClaire. Photo by Jocelyn Chapman / YMCA


With great caution over the ongoing pandemic, The Family YMCA management has decided to host a small fundraising event to support financial assistance and new youth programs on April 23 at La Fonda in Santa Fe. Officially known as Red & Black Ball in honor of Y’s previous colors, the event appeared this year as the PROM & AID Gala, a reflection of the feeling that the event is an “adult ball” as well as a fundraiser. .

Y CEO Chris Daniels said that the difficulty of assessing pandemic infections has led Y to invite only sponsors and limit their table size, but that he hopes to open a community event next year. “Our major sponsors have continued to support Y for the past two years, when Y has not hosted any events,” said Daniels, “but Y’s board and I were particularly pleased that community leaders appeared. in person this year ”.

Board Chair Karen Easton said Y hopes to raise $ 175,000 this year for financial aid, two new high school youth programs and the YMCA Española Teen Center. “The gala brought us to 54% of our goal, raising $ 95,000.” Despite fewer attendees, Easton said an equal grant from the Delle Foundation and a paddle boat helped the Y have its third most successful event.

“Donations are still welcome and necessary,” she said. “We are raising funds to ensure that 50 children can be in the Y After School and Camp programs, and we are supporting a nutrition and exercise program for high school youth, as well as a de-escalation program called Worth Defending. We also raise funds to support the Espanola YMCA Adolescent Center. “Our fundraising goal will be almost one-third to support these programs,” said Easton.

Donors to the president’s roundtable included Centerra Group, Century Bank, El Parasol, Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory-Triad, N3B, Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance. Youth donor champions include Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry, Merrick & Company and TechSource, Inc.

Daniels said that while the theme of the “ball” was Under the Stars, the real theme of the night was expressing gratitude.

A total of 20 donors from Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Ghost Ranch donated silent auction items. Donations of silent articles were provided by Jemez Bath Soaks, Roger Waterman Estate, Karen Easton, Ben Sandoval, Jeff & Bobbi Hayes, New Mexico Museum Foundation, Diego Torres, Carmen Salazar and Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. Live auction donors include Classic Air Medical, Los Alamos Fire Department, LANL Director Thom Mason, Ghost Ranch, Los Alamos Teen Center and Boese Brother Brewing Company, Leslie Buckland, Linda and Paul Daly, New Mexico Isotopes, Ben Sandoval, Karen Easton , Deb Huling, Veronika Magnelind and Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Jocelyn Chapman / YMCA

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