YMCA Kids Presented with New Bicycles

IMG_0300A truly special moment occurred last week when 22 of the Y’s After School participants received free bicycles built by Diageo staff members. The children received their brand-new bikes as a surprise during Diageo’s Midwest Annual meeting at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.

A special thanks goes out to Mr. Mike Hennessy of the United Way of Will County for coordinating this effort, along with Jordan Roberson-Taylor, Steve Harris, Patrick Krakar and, of course, the entire Diageo staff. Additional thanks go out to the Y staff that helped make this possible: Miss Marlene, Miss Carmen, Miss Jamie, Miss Kate, Miss Dori, Miss Tina and Miss Sara.

Seventh Annual Giving Gala Raises $96,000

2014-Giving-Gala-committeeOn Saturday, February 22, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA hosted its seventh annual Giving Gala at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, where hundreds gathered to raise an all-time high of $96,000 for the Y’s scholarship fund. At the largest turnout in the event’s history, 432 guests had opportunities to bid on silent and live auction items that included premiere golf packages, signed sports memorabilia and unique weekend getaways, among a slew of other items.

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been serving families, regardless of age, income or background, from throughout Will County and its surrounding areas for more than 85 years. Since its inception, the Giving Gala has raised over $300,000 to benefit families within our community, helping to ensure that that no one is turned away from the Y due to the inability to pay.
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