The YMCA of Metro Chicago to Host 2nd Annual The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner on October 29

October 16, 2015

The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s 2015 Recognition Dinner shines a spotlight on 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 will raise funds to strengthen the Y’s mission and support the changing needs of the more than 200,000 members served annually at 22 city and suburban centers, five resident camps and dozens of extension sites. In 2014, the event raised $1.1 million.

Hosted by WMAQ-TV reporter LeeAnn Trotter, the YMCA Recognition Dinner will also recognize an organization and an individual whose contributions have made a difference in the lives of YMCA youth and families, while also helping create more vibrant and compassionate communities.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation will receive the Y’s More Than a Partner Award. For more than 60 years, the McCormick Foundation has given back through support of local organizations that make a measurable impact on the lives of children and their families. Sheila Musolino, current vice president and chief operating officer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (McDonald’s Corporation was the 2014 More Than a Partner honoree), will present the award to McCormick Foundation President and CEO David Hiller.

Crystal Lake businessman and philanthropist Vince Foglia will be honored with the Y’s More Than a Leader Award. The chairman of Sage Products, Foglia is one of the Y’s most generous supporters. He exemplifies exceptional leadership and dedication to the youth, families and communities as an honorary member of the Sage YMCA Board of Directors. The award will be presented by Bill Osborn, the 2014 More Than a Leader recipient.

"We're honored to count Vince Foglia and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation as longtime investors in the Y's mission," said Richard Malone, president and CEO, YMCA of Metro Chicago. "Together, we're bringing hope to and making life better for everyone in the communities we serve."

Guests will also get a firsthand view of the Y’s continuum of care through early learning and before and after school programs. The 2015 Recognition Dinner is co-chaired by Amy Carbone, Sharon Fairley and Joe Tilson, all 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 22 centers, 5 resident 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.