“Casino Royale”…great night for YMCA

By Taylor Lockard


The Twin Pike Family YMCA held its 24th Annual Fundraising Dinner Auction on Saturday, Sept. 15, themed as a “Casino Royale.”

One hundred forty guests attended the event, raising over $25,500 for the Renew, Refresh, and Revitalize (RRR) campaign, which helps fund on-going maintenance for the Y. This brought the current total of the RRR campaign up to one-third of the $365,000 project goal.

Guests played games for raffle tickets toward 40 raffle baskets filled with donated items. Later in the evening they participated in a live auction where Bob Ringhausen auctioned off 22 more donated items, including a seven night Costa Rica trip with a fishing excursion.

A cocktail bar was provided for guests as was a dinner catered by Vicky Keely.

Live entertainment was performed by local high school students Hanna Blackmore and Tricia Luke, as well as the Y’s Asst. Aquatics Director Hannah Williams with her brother Shane Sinclair, and, finally, Bowling Green’s Joey Wray.

“The Y in general is one of the best things we have going in this town. It’s a place where people can come together and exercise, but not only exercise. It’s a great place for children,” Patti Blackmore, Secretary of the Y, said. “It’s just a wonderful facility with a bunch of wonderful people that really love the community. So, the fundraiser is to help keep the Y going and keep it beautiful and keep it a safe place for people to come here for years and years.”

Mayor Marvin Brown has attended the fundraiser with his wife, Pam, since they moved to Louisiana seven years ago. Brown joined the fundraising committee board two years ago, saying he likes what the Y does and it is an important thing in the community.

In a press release, YMCA Executive Director, Marsha Garrison thanked everyone who has been involved in the creation and sustainability of the Y.

“We would not have experienced the growth and success that we have seen during the past twenty-four years, if not for all the support of the area businesses and community members, and we would not be where we are today without the continued commitment of the staff and the leadership of our Y volunteers,” Garrison said.

Two members of the YMCA staff hand out chips to those playing games.

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