To mark the conclusion of its 125th anniversary, the McGaw YMCA will be doing a little gazing into a crystal ball, looking for a glimpse of the next 125 years and looking back at the memories made over the last few months.
That’s what the organizers had in mind when they selected as their theme, The Crystal Ball, for the wrap-up Gala taking place on Jan. 22, from 6 to 11 p.m.
The McGaw YMCA’s annual benefit supports youth programs from leadership development and athletics to community service, mentoring, and civic education.
The event will be held in the Sebring-Lewis Center, 1000 Grove St., and will feature, cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions, raffles and a goodly share of dancing to the live music provided by the band "Underwater People," who have played at several major Chicago street festivals and events.
In addition, the evening will feature the first annual presentation of the Talley-Reece Award, named in honor of the Rev. James Talley, founder of the Emerson Street Branch YMCA, and Robert Reece for his long history of service to the Evanston area community. The award goes to local middle school youth who have performed exceptional community service.
A video by Julie Johnson of Flying Colors Media will recap and celebrate many of the events and activities that marked the 125th anniversary year, such as the Emerson Street Y celebration, the first Y tailgate prior to a Northwestern football game, the selection of Robert Reece, former YMCA board president as grand marshall of the Fourth of July parade, and many other memorable moments.
For more information on The Crystal Ball or to buy tickets, go to www.mcgawymca.org or call, 847-475-7400.
The event is expected to sell out so interested parties are urged to act quickly. Selected auction items will be viewable at http://makeitbetter.net/make-a-difference/charity-autions from Jan. 7 to 20.