YMCA 2013 Fundraiser helps to 'promote a healthy, active lifestyle'
Lisa Newland, left, and Donny Ravas share a laugh during the cocktail hour of Saturday night's YMCA 2013 Fundraiser "Toasting the Twenties" at Hager Hall in Hagerstown. (By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer / February 23, 2013)
Her car was totaled last week in an accident. The Greenwalds had been planning to attend the Hagerstown YMCA 2013 Fundraiser “Toasting the Twenties” at which the grand prize was 2013 Volkswagen Passat or $20,000.
“I woke up Thursday during the night and I told my husband, ‘I’m gonna win the car,’” Greenwald said.
She and her husband were among the 350 people who waited with anticipation throughout Saturday evening at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center as attendees’ tickets were pulled from the running one by one to eventually reveal the winner.
YMCA Executive Director Michael Flicek said it was the 27th time the organization has hosted the event, which in recent years has raised around $29,000 toward YMCA programs. Couples paid $295 to attend.
“People like to support the YMCA because it’s about teaching our youth to develop healthy and responsible living,” Flicek said.
Roughly 1,100 children from 400 families were able to participate in YMCA programs last year through scholarships supported by the event, he said.
Attendees had fun with the “Toasting the Twenties” theme, sporting era-appropriate hats and boas, feathers and beads.
Courtney Brown of Martinsburg, W.Va., attended with her husband, Bobby Brown, who is finance director at the YMCA. Courtney Brown donned a black headband with a flower, black gloves, and a bevy of pearls in bracelets and necklaces.
“I’m trying to pay tribute to the theme. It’s fun dressing up and being glamorous,” she said. “It’s a fantastic event.”
Ellie Doub, a member of the gala committee, noted the centerpieces that gave a nod to the prohibition era with martini glasses and beer bottles as vases.
Rocky Birely Combo played live smooth jazz during cocktails. Lou Scally emceed, and Knights of the Turntable provided tunes for dancing later in the evening.
Chris Hutzell, 22, of Hagerstown, and his girlfriend Allison Musser, 22, of Hagerstown, attended for the first time. Musser wore a pink chiffon halter dress with a black lace bodice, and Hutzell sported a black plastic fedora.
Musser said she works in childcare at the YMCA and was happy to support its efforts “to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Joann King of Hagerstown and her friend Mary Johnson of Hagerstown checked out the Passat, which was parked in the corner of the ballroom.
“We don’t need the car. We already decided we’d divide the money,” King said.
Johnson said she used to go to the YMCA years ago, then her children participated in its programs. Today, her grandchildren are involved in activities there.
Frank Erck of Hagerstown said he was executive director of the YMCA when the car giveaway gala began.
“I think it’s fantastic that it’s still going on,” he said. “You’ve got a fundraiser that keeps repeating year after year. It keeps getting better and keeps building a following. It’s a lot of fun.”
Curt and Sabina Spicher won the grand prize Passat.