The Granite YMCA Hosts 30th Annual Reach Out for Youth and Families Celebration

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From left, Jim Ferro, Annual Dinner Co-Chair with Captain Chris Williamson, speaker and longtime YMCA member, and John Harris, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA.

MANCHESTER, NH – More than 600 volunteers, community supporters, donors, and employees gathered at the 30th Annual Reach Out for Youth and Families Dinner at the Downtown Manchester Hotel. Each year, this event celebrates the Y’s impact on the community and how the Y continues to make a difference in the lives of so many people.

“The annual dinner is a wonderful event that truly represents the support, passion, and dedication from donors, board members, and community members,” said Jim Ferro, Reach Out Dinner Co-Chair, “The evening allows us to share stories and recognize those that work so hard to support and further the Y’s mission of social responsibility, healthy living, and youth development.”

For more than 160 years, The Granite YMCA has been serving the city of Manchester and its neighboring communities. In 2017, the YMCA provided more than 20,000 New Hampshire citizens with support totaling $1.7 million. Funds raised from the Annual Dinner go toward providing financial assistance to help youth and families reach their full potential.

From left, Linda Jaeger, Annual Dinner Co-Chair with camp scholarship award recipients Alyssa Miller, Brea Hampton, Cameran Ash-Griffin, Martin Wallem, and Christopher Ramos with Jim Ferro, Annual Dinner Co-Chair.

“Fundraising is a critical component of our ability to offer essential services to more and more people each year,” said John Harris, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA “With the help of generous donors, The Granite YMCA is able to award financial assistance, providing a variety of services and programs for those less fortunate.”

Each year this event sets out to raise the necessary funds to support the ever-growing needs of individuals, families and children served across New Hampshire.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

Campaign Underwriter: Spectrum Marketing Companies, Inc.

Crown Sponsor: Citizens Bank, Hannaford Supermarkets.

Principal Sponsor: Bank of New Hampshire.

Lead Sponsor: The Pepsi Bottling Group, USI Insurance Group.

Major Sponsor: A.W. Therrien Co. Inc., Demoulas Foundation, Elliot Health Systems, Hippo Press, Langley Construction, Inc., Nixon Peabody, PROCON, W.B. Mason.

John Harris, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA.

Chairman’s Circle: Brady Sullivan Properties, City Fuel/Dave’s Septic, Cross Insurance Agency, Dennis Mires, P.A., The Architects, Devine Millimet, Attorneys at Law, Hinckley, Allen, & Snyder, LLP, McLane Middleton, Milestone Engineering and Construction, HarborOne Bank, New York Life, Philadelphia Insurance, St. Mary’s Bank, Wells Fargo.

President’s Circle: Alpine Solutions, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, Curbstone Financial Group, Grant Thornton, Hession & Pare, P.C, Keach–Nordstrom Associates, Inc., NBT Bank, Levasseur Electrical Contractors, Surge Resources.

Champions: Allen and Leah Brown, Annie Hold Photography, Blue Ribbon Fence and Landscaping, Bonneville and Sons, C & C Flooring, Central Paper Products, Control Technologies, Crown Trophy, D.L Boisvert Unlimited, EZ Test Pools, Firmly Rooted NH, J&G Roofing, Louis P. Cote Inc., MB Tractor & Equipment, MEMIC, Paradigm Plumbing & Heating, Queen City Glass.

About The Granite YMCA

As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2017, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.63 million to 20,190 individuals.