Having a front row seat, and sometimes a place on the stage at some of our areas marquee events is a pretty unique position to be in when it comes to seeing what's popular and what causes are most dear to this community which is so very fortunate to be filled with people who genuinely care to make this a better place through their efforts. All of our area causes are great, some of them come with gatherings that REALLY pull the crowd in and one of them is Black Tie for the YMCA of Muskegon which is Feb 5th at the Delta By Marriott.
Like many other congregate events, it's been a couple of years since the black ties and tails have come out to support this great cause, after all the funds raised at the Black Tie event go to help fund the Livestrong which is a program offered by the Y for people diagnosed with cancer. From the YMCA website - "Survivors participate in free or low-cost customized exercise regimens catered to their individual needs from certified fitness instructors. The instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care. Survivors and often their families receive a membership at the YMCA for the duration of the program. The program is offered for free or low-cost at the discretion of each YMCA location." It's an incredible program and there's a peer support element which is crucial too for people to see that they are not alone.
While our Y isn't "traditional" in the sense that when people say "I am heading to the Y" there's generally a athletic component, the Muskegon Y takes their programs to the people in a number of ways be they digital in the new age while we still navigate the pandemic or maybe the tentacles reaching places like the Whitehall Viking Center or Muskegon Family Care. Their diabetes prevention reaches statewide from Muskegon! How's that for a feather in the cap?
With the party, expect a big one. Full dinners, vegetarian options, an open bar, plenty of amazing items to bid on via silent auction or a live auction and all of the fun games like a 50/50 and more that people enjoy to raise some money for such an incredible program.
Bruce Spoelman is the CEO of our YMCA on 3rd Street in Midtown Muskegon and he's joining us today to talk a little about the Y, it's programs, especially Livestrong and of course, the Black Tie event. Take a listen!
Gussie up and let's do it! It's going to be an amazing night in an amazing venue at the Delta By Marriot Ballroom. To lend a hand to someone with cancer is a way that all of us, who have been touched by cancer or will be someday, in a fashion that's fun, fulfilling and an incredible break from the winter doldrums, it's a win for all. You can click the Black Tie above to visit the ticket and sponsorship page and you can visit the Muskegon YMCA below by clicking on their image.