Beverly, MA – More than 600 North Shore residents attended the YMCA of the North Shore’s annual, sold-out Gala, The Wanderlust Ball, on November 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Danvers. The Gala raised more than $1 million for the first time in the event’s history. Each year, this event aims to raise the necessary funds to support the ever-growing and diverse needs of individuals, families, and children across the North Shore and Southern New Hampshire.
The live auction and fund-a-need portion of the evening also raised $430,000 to help support the Y’s latest initiative, Corner Stone, for cancer patients and their families. This unique program has provided daily living support to nearly 2,000 participants, at no cost, since its inception less than a year ago.
“Cancer can tear a family apart,” said Corner Stone participant Alan Kraning, “My survival and the tension in my family were made so much easier because of the help and support of the Y. Survival requires goals and doing whatever it takes to achieve them and the people at the Y helped me do just that.”
“The important role the Y plays as a resource for the community is evident in the work we do at each of our seven YMCA locations and across all 25 communities we serve,” said Chris Lovasco, YMCA of the North Shore CEO. “The dedication of our friends and community supporters who join us each year is a testament to their commitment to improving the lives of others. I am humbled by the generosity and unwavering determination that fills the room each and every year, with the sole purpose of helping those who need us most.”
The evening’s entertainment included the Akwaaba Dance Group and a performance by America’s Got Talent finalist, Amanda Mena. Honorary Chairs and Swampscott residents Tricia and Bruce Herring offered their generous support, which paved the way for the Y to surpass their goal and reach more than $1 million for the first time ever. Other guests included Governor Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren Baker, Swampscott resident and YMCA of the North Shore Board Chair Jennifer Buras and her husband, Chris Carmosino.
“This event furthers our ability to offer essential Y services,” said Chief Advancement Officer, Marjorie Cregg. “With the help of the incredible North Shore community, generous donors, staff, and volunteers, the YMCA of the North Shore will award more than $3 million in financial scholarships this year.”