Annual Fundraising Gala

What an unpredictable year 2020 has been! Our work has been more important than ever throughout this public health crisis, providing meals for youth and families, allocating space to shelter the homeless, creating a virtual community for our members and Y Academy families, hosting blood drives, diaper distribution, and so much more has reinforced our mission in the cities and towns that we serve. At the same time, we are welcoming kids back to summer camp, Y Academy, swim lessons, and wellness programs while bringing employees, volunteers, and members back into our YMCAs.

Our annual “Where in the World Gala” is our premier fundraiser of the year and ensures that nobody is turned away from the Y for inability to pay. This year, our event will take place on September 17 in a fun, interactive virtual format. Appropriately titled, “Where in the World…Did 2020 Go?: A Fancy Hat and Pajama Pants Celebration”, the event will raise funds to support scholarships and access to childcare programs, youth and teen drop-in centers, food distribution programs, swim lessons, and other skill-building classes at the Y.

This virtual event will consist of entertainment, the opportunity to win raffle items, auction prizes, and a chance at a $5,000 cash grand prize, thanks to the generosity of GraVoc! Raffle tickets are available for purchase now and each ticket gives you a chance to win several prizes, including the $5,000 grand prize. There is no limit to the amount of chances you can buy, but there are only 250 chances available so get yours today!

Our auction is now OPEN for online bidding! Auction packages include ax exclusive six course meal with wine for 10 people prepared in your home by celebrity Chef Paul Wahlberg, 10 lbs. of meat every month for an entire year from Old Neighborhood Foods, a shopping spree at Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits, wine baskets, a pair of Adirondack chairs from Yankee Fireplace, autographed sports memorabilia, scratch ticket trees, a pair of Apple watches, a floral package from Bella’s Floral Design, a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Massachusetts State House with Governor Baker, and more- stay tuned as we continuously add more items.

We hope you can join us on September 17 for this memorable event!

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Thank you to our sponsors!


Lead Top Hat Sponsors


 Bruce & Tricia Herring

The Colcord Family


Sports Cap Sponsors



The Daniel & Lynn McLaughlin Charitable Fund

Cowboy Hat Sponsors


The New England Poster Company


Party Hat Sponsors




Sun Hat Sponsors


Cleary Advisors

Swim Cap Sponsors

    Peg and Jody Pedro

Vince and Kendall Inglese