October 30, 2014
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago hosted the inaugural “The Y. So Much More.” Recognition Dinner on October 29, to celebrate the YMCA’s impact on children, families and neighborhoods across the community, and thank the supporters whose contributions make it possible.
More than 500 attendees from the nonprofit, corporate and civic communities helped raise approximately $1.1 million to support academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living at the Y.
“Our work would not be possible without the hard work of our event committee, co-chairs, donors and especially our more than 4,000 staff members who are the backbone of our impactful organization. They bring our mission to life every day in our communities,” said Richard Malone, president and CEO, YMCA of Metro Chicago.
Highlights of the evening include remarks from Dorothy Tucker from CBS 2 Chicago; event co-chairs Sharon Fairley and Joe Tilson; philanthropist Vince Foglia; Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, co-executive director, Youth Safety and Violence Prevention; Angel Herrera, Urban Warriors veteran mentor; and Elvis, Urban Warriors youth participant. A feature video focused on the Urban Warriors pilot program, which is part of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative. Watch video
McDonald’s received the So Much More Than A Partner Award for their commitment to promoting education, inclusion and access to growth opportunities. Bill Osborn was honored with the So Much More Than A Leader Award for his immense contributions as a member and former vice chair of the Board of Managers.
“The Y creates positive outcomes in a very difficult environment where many others fail. It’s made up of committed people, who really want to improve the lives of the citizens in many disadvantaged communities. They really do make a difference,” said Bill Osborn. “I’m truly honored to receive this award.”
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