Some 3,000 youth and teens from northern New Mexico are the largest beneficiaries of The Family YMCA’s annual Ball, now in its 20th year.
“We are honored that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has consented to host a dinner for eight at the Mansion as a live auction item,” Y CEO Rob Wilkinson said. “The Y is paying for the meals, but we are thrilled that she is making time on her schedule to support our youth.”
The Y has hosted a fundraising gala since 2000, according to Wilkinson, for its financial assistance and youth programs, including the Española YMCA Teen Center that served 800 youth last year.
The Teen Center has been open since 2007 under an operating contract with the City of Española who partly fund the work, he said.
Y Board President Deb Huling said the Y fundraises for the Center and partners with many others to help our kids rise.
“Donations subsidize other programs at the Y, too,” she said. “Gifts ensure that 300 people, 200 of which are kids, can be in Y programs including summer camp, after school, membership, and sports.”
The Y’s Red, Black and Wild West Ball is 5-11:30 p.m., March 14, at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Formal red, black and western attire is encouraged. Individual tickets can be purchased at The Family YMCA in Los Alamos and on Event Brite for $125 per ticket.
Wilkinson said table sponsorships are still available at Chairman’s Roundtable ($5,000+); Champion of Youth ($3,000) and Benefactor of Youth ($1,500) levels, and he welcomes sponsors to contact him as soon as possible so that the Y can finalize its program.
“This year we are also very happy to be featuring the James Carothers Band. James is a favorite local and Nashville sensation,” Wilkinson said, adding that many people worked with James in Los Alamos prior to his striking out for Nashville. “He is a great entertainer and this will be the first live band we’ve had at the Ball.”
For more information, contact The Family YMCA at 505.662.3100.