YMCA CEO Kim Caruso found a place to belong as a child, thanks to subsidized memberships

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Sault Ste. Marie YMCA 2nd Annual Dinner, Dance, Donate Gala fun and successful!

On Friday March 1, 2018, the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA held its 2nd Annual Dinner, Dance, Donate fundraiser at the Delta Hotels Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront.

Approximately 200 supporters attended the 2nd annual event, in support of the local YMCA 2018 Strong Kids Campaign.

The event included a superb dinner catered by the Delta, silent auction and entertainment by a dueling pianos company.

Fundraising Coordinator Susan Rajamaki stated, “As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals and local businesses to help us continue our vital work, to ensure that no one is turned away with inability to pay full fees. We believe that everyone should be able to participate in programs they need, regardless of their ability to afford the full fees. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the event.”

Perhaps the two most touching and poignant parts of the evening were when YMCA Board Chair Bob Burns, took to the stage to speak to what the focus of the Strong Kids Campaign vision looks like for impoverished youth and families in Sault Ste. Marie.

As well, when YMCA CEO Kim Caruso spoke personally of her Y experience, in being raised in a single parent home and finding a place to belong for her and her siblings through the help of subsidized memberships which started her ongoing Y journey and has carried through her life to see her as the current local YMCA CEO.

Following dinner, the audience was treated to a special performance by Mobile Dueling Pianos, who performed a high energy, interactive, sing-a-long, clap-a-long comedy show, which was packed full of songs that that got the attendees clapping and foot tapping along!

The musicians performed a variety of songs that charmed many and the performers put their heart and soul into each and every tune.

Given the resounding success of the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA’s 2nd Annual Dinner, Dance, Donate fundraiser, it is hoped that the upcoming years will provide even greater support of the local YMCA that promotes the development of spirit, mind and body by encouraging healthy lifestyles, personal growth and service to the community.

Special thanks to the Delta Hotels Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront, all silent auction item donors, the volunteers, and especially the attendees.

About the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA and the Strong Kids Campaign

The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA is a charitable organization that promotes the development of spirit, mind and body by encouraging healthy lifestyles, personal growth and service to the community. Charitable donations to The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA make a positive and profound impact on individuals, families and the entire community.  A gift of your time, talent or treasure enables us to make a significant difference in our community. We encourage you to consider how you can help The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA continue its 100-year legacy of building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The Strong Kids Campaign is our major annual fundraising campaign of the YMCA. The YMCA ensures that no one is turned away because of an inability to pay.

Contact Kim Caruso at 705.945.5178 ext. 312 for more information about the Strong Kids Campaign.  By making a contribution, you are making an investment in the life of a child, family or our community – you are changing lives! 

For more information about The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA, visit www.sault.ymca.ca or come by 235 McNabb St. for a tour of our facilities.