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A Gift to the Y Helps Strengthen Community

Tri-Town YMCA launches Annual Campaign

Lombard, April 12, 2015 – The Tri-Town YMCA Annual Campaign kicked off with Campaign Chair Keith Giagnorio, Lombard Village President, on April 9th at Rock Bottom Brewery in Lombard. On this night, he and wife Angela united behind the bar to pour their support for Tri-Town YMCA programs. Village President Giagnorio had also challenged Villa Park Village President Deb Bullwinkel and her husband Mike to do the same in a celebrity bartending competition now known as Battle of the Mayors. Village President Bullwinkel took her turn on April 12th at Crazy Pour in Villa Park to serve the residents of her community in a whole new way.

The goal of these events was to raise $3,000 toward the Y’s Annual Campaign. Both Village Presidents rallied their neighbors and friends to purchase specialty drinks provided by the venues and to purchase raffle tickets for a recliner donated by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. Donors were also able to show their celebrity bartenders some appreciation by making donations on-site. Financial gifts are critical to the Y’s goal that everyone has an opportunity to receive the support, guidance and resources to learn, grow and thrive.

“At the Tri-Town YMCA we count on the generosity of our donors and volunteers to make a meaningful impact on our community,” said Joanne Mitrenga, Executive Director, Tri-Town YMCA. “We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Our investment in kids takes many forms: from enhancing our after school curriculum with STEM teachings to nourshing the whole child with subsidized meals in the low income areas we serve.”

Gifts to the Tri-Town YMCA make a direct impact to the community. Last year, financial support made it possible for 40 students with difficult family financial situations to enroll in the Y’s kids after school programs and camps; more than 200 youth were provided a dietician approved menu of fruits, vegetables, & whole grains; 55 seniors had subsidized access to water fitness and social camaraderie year round.

“We cannot do this alone,” Campaign Chair & Village President Giagnorio said. “Whether as a donor or volunteer, we encourage everyone to join our campaign to help our kids discover who they are and what they can achieve.”