YMCA ‘sets sail’ to successful fund-raiser

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The event brought out some of Greenwich’s prominent citizens, including, at left, Steve Waters, vice chairman of the YMCA’s board of directors, who came dressed for the occasion as he posed with his wife, Sandra Waters, Selectman David Theis and state Sen. L. Scott Frantz.-Angela Rende photo

The event brought out some of Greenwich’s prominent citizens, including, at left, Steve Waters, vice chairman of the YMCA’s board of directors, who came dressed for the occasion as he posed with his wife, Sandra Waters, Selectman David Theis and state Sen. L. Scott Frantz.
-Angela Rende photo

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The YMCA of Greenwich has long positioned itself as a centerpiece of the community where people can go to exercise their bodies and their minds and youth can build character in the process.

But last Saturday it became known for something else entirely as the venerable organization was transformed into the “hottest nightclub in town” for its annual fund-raiser which had the theme for this year of “Set Sail with the YMCA.”

The nautically-themed event was “stuffed to the gills” as it were with people coming out to support the YMCA and celebrate its recently completed renovation. The facility’s Olympic sized pool was the perfect capper for the night which was filled with high seas spirit including the discovery of some mermaids.

More than 300 people attended the event which was called a “tremendous success for the YMCA” by event co-chairs Ginge and Jim Cabrera, who thanked everyone who attended and all the volunteers that helped with the gala, including local restaurants like Barcelona, Douro, Gabriele’s, L’escale and Wine Wise that donated food and wine.

“The event raised money that will be used to support and expand programs at the YMCA,” the Cabreras said. “The best part was the overwhelming enthusiasm and support for the YMCA and its mission. We heard over and over again how the YMCA is such a vital resource to our community and it’s true. Events like this allow the YMCA to raise funds to ensure it can continue to provide the best programming possible.”

Post photographer John Ferris Robben braved the strange tides and captured a whole series of images from the event. A slideshow of his photographs will be available Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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