YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Hosts 2014 The Y. So Much More. Recognition Dinner

October 21, 2014

The YMCA of Metro Chicago will host over 500 supporters, donors and friends at the Y’s first Annual Recognition Dinner, The Y. So Much More at the Four Seasons Chicago on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. 

The YMCA of Metro Chicago is launching the Annual Recognition Dinner to shine a spotlight on new and existing programs that reflect the Y’s mission to develop strong children, families and healthy communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention and fitness and healthy living.

The event aims to raise $1 million to strengthen the Y’s mission and support the changing needs of the more than 200,000 members served every year at 23 city and suburban centers, five resident camps and dozens of extension sites.

The YMCA Recognition Dinner will recognize a corporation and an individual whose contributions have made an impact in the lives of YMCA members and their families, while also helping create more vibrant and compassionate communities.

McDonald’s Corporation will receive the Y’s first More Than a Partner Award and retired Chicago businessman Bill Osborn will be honored with organization’s first More Than a Leader Award. 

“The YMCA is fortunate to have many ambassadors across the Chicago area. We could not do all that we do without our supporters,” said Richard (Dick) Malone, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Chicago. “The leadership that Bill Osborn and McDonald’s Corporation have demonstrated is worthy of this special recognition.”

For more than 50 years, McDonald’s Corporation has given back to communities by supporting local organizations that make a measureable impact on the lives of children and families – including the YMCA. McDonald has supported the construction of new playgrounds at the Irving Park YMCA and the recently renovated South Side YMCA.

Bill Osborn, former chairman and CEO of Northern Trust Bank, is a longtime champion of the Y’s mission. He’s a member and former vice chair of the Y’s Board of Managers, and a member of the Chairman’s Council. Under his leadership, the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Neighborhood Hero Campaign was the largest capital campaign for any social service organization in the city. 

Guests will also get a firsthand view of how the YMCA is So Much More than the swim and gym programs that hundreds of thousands of families have relied upon since the YMCA’s creation more than 156 years ago.

The Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) initiative’s new programming will also be highlighted. Guests will meet and mingle with former combat veterans who are helping at-risk youth navigate through the challenges of life in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods through a program called “Urban Warriors”.

The 2014 Recognition Dinner is co-chaired by attorneys Sharon Fairley and Joe Tilson, longtime members of the Board of Managers of the YMCA of Metro Chicago. 

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About the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago: The Y is focused on exercising the potential of each one of us to make healthy choices at every stage of our lives. We’re a nonprofit well-known for our 23 centers, camps, and health and fitness programs. But we’ve also moved wellness beyond the gym to prepare our next generation with the physical, academic and social skills they need to thrive. Our neighborhood base helps strengthen communities through programs offered at hundreds of sites citywide. This work promotes academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Come to the Y for personal fitness, sign up for a family program, or play a more active role in our community service mission. When you join the Y, you’re part of something big. To learn more, visit ymcachicago.org.