YMCA Holding Drive-In Movie as Fall Fundraiser

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On Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 pm, the West Suburban YMCA in Newton will host a reimagined version of their signature fall fundraiser event, inviting the community to enjoy a drive-in movie in the Y’s parking lot and field.

Traditionally, the Y hosts over 200 guests at their November gala, raising money for the Y’s Annual Fund which allows hundreds of families, individuals, and children to access programs and membership at the Y regardless of financial circumstances. With restrictions on gatherings in place due to COVID-19, the West Suburban YMCA is offering a whole new event this fall –Double Feature: A Mission & A Movie– highlighted by a drive-in showing ofThe Princess Bride.

The October 17th event will take place outdoors in the Y parking lot and field and will feature a brief presentation from Y President & CEO Jack Fucci and a few laughs from comedian Nick “Fitzy” Stevens. The short program will summarize the past seven months at the Y, celebrating the Y’s resilience and looking forward to the future. Following the presentation, attendees will be treated to popcorn from West Newton Cinema and a viewing of the 1987 family favorite,The Princess Bride.

Families can purchase a ticket for an outdoor seating area for up to 4 people or a drive-in parking spot. Admission price for both ticket types is $100, and all proceeds support Y programming that addresses the community’s most pressing needs.

This summer, the Y invested over $100,000 to modify their facilities, hire additional staff, and increase supplies, equipment, and PPE, all to ensure families could safely send their kids to camp. These investments proved meaningful, as the Y had up to 300 children per day attending their two summer day camps – Camp Pikati in Newton and Camp Chickami in Wayland – and completed the season with zero COVID-19 outbreaks.

Now, the West Suburban YMCA is helping families navigate a new and challenging school year by offering a  full day Out of School Time program to support remote learning for K-8 students.

These programs, and the financial assistance provided to many families in need of these programs, do not come without a cost. The West Suburban YMCA hopes their new fall fundraiser will help raise the critical funds necessary to sustain their programming and ensure continued access and support for the community’s children and families.

Support the Y:  Purchase Tickets to ‘A Mission & A Movie’

Attend the Presentation Virtually:  Register for Free to Access the Livestream

For more information or to inquire about sponsoring the event, please contact Andrea Newman at  andrean@wsymca.org.

About the West Suburban YMCA
The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable non-profit organization that has been a fixture in the Newton community for over 140 years. The Y is committed to strengthening the foundations of the community by supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all.

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