YMCA Chairman’s Round Table Members and Primary Sponsors include Cross Connection Inc., LANS/LANL, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank, Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance, MAR Tech Services and Roger Waterman of TRK Management, Inc. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Benefactors of Youth were honored Saturday night including BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico, Barraclough and Associates, Central Park Square, Energy Solutions, Española Transit Mix, Kelly Myers, RE/MAX, LANL and LANS, Los Alamos Public Safety Association, Modrall & Sperling, Navarro Engineering and Research, RBC Capital Markets, RE/MAX of Los Alamos, Smith’s, Sharon Stover/Steve Girrens and TechSource. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
“East Meets West” was the theme for Saturday’s 14th Annual Red and Black Ball. To accommodate the 245 people wishing to attend, the event moved east to a ballroom at Buffalo Thunder, which features a very large area for dancing.
The wildly popular event raises funds for The Family YMCA’s financial aid and youth programs. This year, the Ball netted $79,000, which includes $10,000 raised from the auction portion of the event, donations made to the Smith’s “challenge to sponsor a child” and a surprise $50,000 in donations from Cross Connection and MAR Tech Services designated for the Española Teen Center.
“Changing lives together was our message to community leaders and friends at our 14th annual Red and Black Ball … and I think it resonated especially when we shared stories of the impact of our programs,” Y CEO Linda Daly said. “We are deeply grateful for the major gift from Cross Connection and Mar Tech Services. The owners, Marlene and Ross Sanchez visited the Espanola Teen Center and were so impressed by the activities, support and resources that our Center provides, and the impact it has had on the kids. The Sanchez’s are firm believers in reinvesting back into their community, and their passion lies with youth development.”
Daly explained that most of this year’s sponsors have been long time supporters of The Family YMCA, adding that it was important to her to share stories of impact that their gift provides. The Y premiered a special video at Saturday night’s event, created by the YMCA of the USA, that highlighted the story of Eddie Perez and the difference having the Y in his life has made. The link will be on the local Y website soon, she said.
“It looked like folks were having a blast – people loved the dinner and the dancing. Our guest auctioneers Steve Girrens and Rick Reiss had us laughing and we cheered the ZZ Top Boys,” Daly said today. “But I really hope people walked away remembering Eddie’s story, and how it was only made possible through their generous donations. As I said, we have 100s of Eddies now, yesterday and tomorrow.”
The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos partnered with the City of Española several years ago to open the Española Teen Center at the city’s request. The City contracted with the Y to operate the Center, recognizing the nonprofit’s more than 50-year history in northern New Mexico and its expertise in meeting critical community needs, such as outreach to youth.
The YMCA works to build the whole individual, including his or her character, Daly said, adding that the mission is to build individual, family and community strength by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Y is able to provide the programs and service to meet its mission because of the support and generosity of many organizations and individuals.
The state of New Mexico’s Youth Conservation Corps awarded The Family YMCA significant grants from 2009-2013 to employ youth during the summer in public works for community good, to provide them with marketable job skills, and to encourage continuing education. Work has concentrated on improving fireline trails, addressing wildfire erosion problems, creating new trails and building friendships among these neighboring Española, Los Alamos, and area youth who are hired.
A separate grant from the Delle Foundation funds the Y’s Earth Service Corps (YES Corps) volunteer summer service-learning program for youth ages 11 to 16. The Y also partners with Los Alamos County to address community trail issues and the United Way of Northern New Mexico/Los Alamos has been a key partner of the Y since it opened its doors in 1955.
Roundtable members and Benefactors were honored at Saturday’s Red and Black Ball for their generosity to the Family YMCA to ensure every child can participate in programs despite an inability to pay.
YMCA Chairman’s Round Table Members and Primary Sponsors:
- Cross Connection Inc.;
- Los Alamos Medical Center;
- Los Alamos National Bank;
- Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance;
- MAR Tech Services; and
- TRK Management, Inc.
Benefactors of Youth:
- BlurCross BlueShield of New Mexico;
- Barraclough and Associates;
- Central Park Square;
- Energy Solutions;
- Española Transit Mix;
- Kelly Myers, RE/MAX;
- LANL and LANS;
- Los Alamos Public Safety Association;
- Modrall & Sperling;
- Navarro Engineering and Research;
- RBC Capital Markets;
- RE/MAX of Los Alamos;
- Sharon Stover/Steve Girrens; and
- Chief Volunteer Officer/Chair: John Wolfe
- Vice Chair: Maria Wolfe
- Treasurer: Chris Sierk
- Past President: Matt Schmidt
- Elizabeth Bezzerides
- Christine Chandler
- Hugo Hinojosa
- Robert Hollen
- Jackie Hurtle
- Albert Jiron
- Johanna Jiron
- Karen Kendall
- Shay Kendricks, Esq.
- Cindy Lawton
- Kelly Myers
- Veronica Rodriguez
- Lou Santoro
- Cheryl Sowder
- Sharon Stover
- Wendy Swanson
- Roger Waterman
- John Elder