“Set Sail with the YMCA” Attended By Hundreds of Enthusiastic Supporters
The YMCA of Greenwich recently held their “Set Sail with the YMCA” gala. Nearly 300 people attended the nautical theme event held throughout the first floor of the recently renovated facility. Guests were encouraged to travel to different “ports of call” and taste regional cuisine from France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Ed Philipp, CEO of the YMCA said: “What a fantastic evening. The Set Sail Committee volunteered countless hours to transform the YMCA, into a fabulous cruise ship for the evening, complete with boat deck that extended into the pool and created the areas hottest nightclub in our gym. It was a great way to celebrate the end of renovation work and the beginning of increased programming here at the YMCA. The event raised over $250,000 which will be used to expand existing programming and create new ones for the community”
In addition to tasting cuisine generously donated by premiere Greenwich restaurants L’escale, Gabriele’s, Douro and Barcelona, guests were able to purchase raffle tickets for an exclusive stay on a private island in the Bahamas, as well as other locations such as South Beach, Miami, Sea Island, Georgia, Nantucket, New York City and Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Ginge and Jim Cabrera, Set Sail Committee Co-Chairs, said:“Saturday’s gala was a tremendous success for the YMCA. More than 300 people were greeted by mermaids, dined on food and wine donated by of the area’s top restaurants (Barcelona, Douro, Gabriele’s, L’escale and Wine Wise) and danced the evening away at an amazing nightclub. The event raised money that will be used to support and expand programs at the YMCA. The best part was the overwhelming enthusiasm and support for the YMCA and its mission. We heard over and over again how the YMCA is such a vital resource to our community and it’s true. Events like this allow the YMCA to raise funds to ensure it can continue to provide the best programming possible. We are very thankful to everyone who attended, the Set Sail Committee for all their hard work, to the volunteers who donated hundreds of hours of their time and to our countless, amazing sponsors.”
The YMCA of Greenwich was founded more than 96 years ago in 1916. Today, it is the largest community-based organization in Greenwich with more than 5,000 members dedicated to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility through athletics and life-long learning programs in order to nurture the potential of all in our community. To learn more about the YMCA of Greenwich, membership and its numerous wellness programs, visit: www.greenwichymca.org.