YMCA of Greenwich Raises $415,000 at “An Evening In Monte Carlo” Gala

The YMCA of Greenwich proudly hosted its 2024 annual gala on April 6th, where the generosity and support of over 275 guests led to an impressive fundraising total of $415,000.

These funds play a crucial role in bolstering critical programs and providing financial aid through the YMCA Annual Campaign, ensuring that everyone in the community can actively participate in Y programs. Held at the prestigious Greenwich Country Club, the event transported guests to the glamour of Monte Carlo, featuring casino games, a raffle, and live auction—all in support of essential community initiatives.

Photo: Elaine Ubina / Fairfield County Look

Photo: Elaine Ubina / Fairfield County Look

Photo: Elaine Ubina / Fairfield County Look

Photo: Elaine Ubina / Fairfield County Look

Photo: Elaine Ubina / Fairfield County Look

The event honored long-time YMCA member, board member and volunteer, Al Brodbeck, for his efforts as an avid Y advocate and supporter. Al has been a member of the YMCA of Greenwich for over 22 years, a member of the Board of Directors for nearly a decade.

“Our members and friends of members came out to make the 2024 Gala one of the most enjoyable and successful in recent times. The proceeds help to make the Greenwich Y the
major resource for so many in our diverse community,” Brodbeck said.

Several local organizations and families, who are regular patrons of the Y, generously backed the gala through table sponsorships. Notable among them is the Waters Family, esteemed supporters of the YMCA of Greenwich and distinguished as the Platinum Sponsor of this year’s gala.

“The Greenwich YMCA is a valued community resource that brings so many people of different backgrounds and lifestyles together. Its mission is forwarded by the support of every attendee on Saturday night. The evening was such a fun opportunity to do good together,” Sandy Waters added.

Gold Level Sponsors included Emil Capital and Golub Capital. Silver Level Sponsors included The Bego Family, BNY Mellon, Star Mountain Capital, and The Zubko Family.

The gala is the YMCA of Greenwich’s largest annual fundraiser and all proceeds support the YMCA of Greenwich’s commitment to providing programs and services that serve the diverse needs of the Greenwich community.

Some of these programs include:

● Summer Camp Scholarship Program
● After School Enrichment Program
● Membership for All Program
● Learn-to-Swim Programs
● Safety Around Water
● Running Start
● Parkinson’s Body & Mind
● Adaptive Programming

This year’s gala placed a spotlight on two of the YMCA of Greenwich’s newest programs:

After School Enrichment and Safety Around Water. The impact video debuted at the gala went into detail about the community needs these programs are addressing and the partnerships with local organizations that make them possible.

“Every year, I’m amazed at the way the Greenwich community comes together to support the YMCA. From our dedicated volunteers and staff members to our generous sponsors and community partners, we are so thankful for our community’s commitment to elevating the Y’s cause,” said Matthew Skaarup, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA.

The Gala is a volunteer-led event and is made possible by the gala committee that donate their time, talent, and treasure to make this event a success. This year’s gala co-chairs are Stacey Burton, Stacy Pacifico, and Sara Mendell.

The YMCA of Greenwich is one of the largest community-based organizations in Greenwich, CT. Founded in 1916, the YMCA of Greenwich offers programs and services that promote and sustain healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility to nurture the potential of everyone in our community. Our YMCA is a membership organization open to all people. The YMCA welcomes people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities and financial circumstances. With our “Y For All Membership” program, your rates are based on total household income and circumstance.