Our Ys are committed to providing health and wellness opportunities to everyone, at every stage of life. YMCA offers Enhance Fitness, aqua exercise, yoga, stretching and toning classes, Pickleball, volunteer opportunities, and social events, regardless of your ability to pay.
Our programs are designed for older adults and promote fitness and well-being while fostering friendships and connection. Our volunteer opportunities also help build lasting relationships, community ties and provide an environment for giving back and making an impact.
At this years, "Dare to Dream" Gala, lead by Marge Cregg, the Chief Advancement Officer, Dreams really did come true......
Through the generosity of 750 supporters of the Y of the North Shore, and the companies that they represent, The Y of the North Shore was able to raise more than $740,000.
Here are a few stats:
455 raffle tickets were sold. Gerald McKillop was the hero selling tickets to the top three winners!
The Auction generated $96 K in revenue....a record.
Tickets and tables sales broke $67 K....a record
Corporate Sponsorship's hit $275 K....a record
The "Dare to Care" video appeal generated $230 K
The best part of the evening was the feedback we received from those who attended. Everyone had a fabulous time and many went home learning about the Y for the first time.
This is part of a unique museum exhibit at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Essex, MA. I produced this video using photographs from the Museum's collection, video I shot of archived issues Gloucester Times Newspapers, kindly made available by the Sawyer Public Library, and one 16mm newsreel. My goal was to bring the history of the Thebaud alive for both children and adults using only the assets stored away in the Museum's collection.
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is located on the grounds of the A.D. Story Shipyard. In this small village of Essex, MA, in the basin of the Essex River, more than 4,000 wooden ships were built. The American fishing schooner was invented here. I created this video to help raise money to interpret, educate and preserve the proud New England history of Essex. I hoped to summarize the the story of the Essex shipwrights and mission of the museum.
Members, volunteers, and program participants all believe in our Y and the impact we have in our community. From swimming lessons and sports to affordable housing and childcare, the YMCA provides important, necessary services for the community.
It's not hard to see how so many people believe in the possibilities of the Y. It makes an impact each day, building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.