YMCA members are so passionate about the Y’s cause that they use their own time to raise funds. Bert Weening, who has helped send countless kids to camp over the years, uses a walker and is 86 years old, but it doesn’t stop him from raising funds at local businesses near Carls Family YMCA.
he Detroit Pistons’ last game of the season is Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, and volunteers from the North Oakland Y will be out in force, selling 50-50 raffle tickets to benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign.
A cast of 42 young actors, dancers and singers have been practicing hard this winter to launch the Livonia Y’s inaugural theater production. The curtain goes up this Thursday on the group’s staging of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Every year, MY-Y staff take a busload of 45 students on a tour of Southern colleges and universities. They visit both historically black colleges and universities such as Spelman and Morehouse, as well as mainstream universities such as Vanderbilt and Clemson. They are seeking sponsorships to defray the $725 fee for the tour for students who can’t afford the full cost, and students are selling candy to raise funds as well.
Families who participate in the I-Rise family empowerment program at the Boll, Farmington, Lakeshore and Downriver branches joined forces to raise money for families who are struggling. A team of 12 walkers participated in the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency’s annual “Walk for Warmth” at Ford Field. They raised more than $125 to help families pay their heating bills this winter.
At the Marlene Boll Theater inside the Boll Family YMCA this evening, theatergoers will enjoy a cabaret performance –the art of storytelling through song. It’s presented by Cabaret 313, a group dedicated to bringing this unique art form to Detroit.
Children in the Kindermusic class at the Downriver Y recently had a visit from two of the biggest celebrities in their world — Elmo and Cookie Monster.
The Farmington YMCA is kicking off the Annual Campaign Thursday with the Power of the Y breakfast, which shows the community how they change lives for the better every day. The Annual Campaign provides scholarships to people who otherwise couldn’t afford to participate in Y programs.
It;s hard to believe with all the snow and ice on the ground, but the spring seasons for Girls on the Run and STRIDE are heating up.
Every week, a group of special needs students from Detroit Public Schools comes to visit the Y. They splash in the pool, scale the climbing wall, and have an exercise class, but the learning they experience goes beyond fitness.