Y’s PROM & AID was held at La Fonda in Santa Fe on April 23. Photo by Jocelyn Chapman/YMCA
JazzCombo Photo Cutline: Los Alamos Jazz Combo provided live entertainment. Members include Jan McDonald, trumpet; Mike Wagner, trumpet; Jerry Morzinski, trombone; Wendy Keffler, saxophone; Tom Rheam, keyboard; Ralph Mark, percussion; Deniece Korzekwa, bass; and singers Joy Reynolds and Rene LeClaire. Photo by Jocelyn Chapman/YMCA
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With great caution due to the ongoing pandemic, The Family YMCA management has decided to host a scaled-down fundraising event in support of financial aid and new youth programs on April 23 in La Fonda in Santa Fe. Officially known as the Red & Black Ball in honor of the colors of the Y’s previous brand, the event originated this year as the PROM & AID Gala, reflecting the sentiment that the event is an “adult ball” as well as a fundraiser.
Y CEO Chris Daniels said the difficulty of assessing pandemic infections has led the Y to only invite sponsors and limit their table size, but hopes to open the event to members. of the community next year. “Our major sponsors have continued to support the Y over the past two years, when the Y hasn’t hosted any events,” said Daniels, “but the Y Board and I were especially pleased that leaders from the community showed up in person this year.
Board chair Karen Easton said the Y hopes to raise $175,000 this year for financial aid, two new programs for middle school youth and the Española YMCA teen center. “The Gala brought us to 54% of our goal, raising $95,000.” Despite the reduced number of attendees, Easton said a matching grant from the Delle Foundation and a paddle raise helped the Y host its third most successful event.
“Donations are always welcome and needed,” she said. “We are raising funds to ensure that 50 children can participate in the Y After School and Camp programs, and support a nutrition and exercise program for middle school kids, as well as a de-escalation program called Worth Defending. We also raise funds to support the Espanola YMCA Teen Center. Our fundraising goal will be nearly divided by thirds to support these programs,” Easton said.
President’s Roundtable donors included Centerra Group, Century Bank, El Parasol, Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory-Triad, N3B, Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance. Young donor champions include Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry, Merrick & Company and TechSource, Inc.
Daniels said that although the theme of the “prom” was Under the Stars, the real theme of the evening was to express gratitude.
A total of 20 donors from Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Ghost Ranch donated silent auction items. Silent Ware donations were made by Jemez Bath Soaks, the Roger Waterman Estate, Karen Easton, Ben Sandoval, Jeff & Bobbi Hayes, the New Mexico Museum Foundation, Diego Torres, Carmen Salazar and the Bathtub Row Brewing Co -Op. Live auction donors include Classic Air Medical, Los Alamos Fire Department, LANL Director Thom Mason, Ghost Ranch, Los Alamos Teen Center and Boese Brother Brewing Company, Leslie Bucklin, Linda and Paul Daly , New Mexico Isotopes, Ben Sandoval, Karen Easton, Deb Huling, Veronika Magnelind and Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Jocelyn Chapman/YMCA