It will be quite a party at the new Westport Weston Family Y! After a decade-long quest to plan, design and gain approval for a much-needed new facility, after years of fundraising to finance our “Building What Matters” capital campaign, and following 18 months of construction, the time has come to celebrate a remarkable achievement: The completion of the Y’s $38.5 million modern new home at its 32-acre Mahackeno campus along the Saugatuck River just north of downtown Westport.
We will be opening our new 54,000 sq. foot Y as soon as the Town of Westport grants us our all-important certificate of occupancy. (Click here
for info about scheduled Open House preview tours.)
On Saturday, Oct. 11, Y leaders, volunteers, members, staff and other supporters will “Celebrate What Matters” with a special Gala dinner in our spacious new gymnasium, specially decorated for the occasion.
“It’s an evening to express our gratitude to the philanthropic leaders who have inspired us, to thank our volunteers and staff for their efforts, and a night to celebrate our continuing cause of strengthening our community,” says Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO.
All proceeds from the Gala Celebration benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign
, which allows our nonprofit charitable organization to provide camp scholarships, free or subsidized memberships and other financial assistance to local families and individuals in need.
Seating is limited to 300, and the Y’s volunteer-driven Gala Committee is pleased to report that the event is already sold out.
The Celebration at the Y’s new facility at 14 Allen Raymond Lane begins at 5 pm with the opening bids for our Silent Auction, which will feature dozens of beautiful items and extraordinary opportunities. (Think of an Heirloom Family Portrait by noted Weston artist Alison Wachstein, tickets to the Westport Country Playhouse, a 7-night stay at a beach condo in Cabo San Lucas, and much more…)
Following cocktails, at 7 pm, our Master of Ceremonies, award-winning actor James Naughton will welcome our guests. Dinner, catered by Ridgefield Prime, will be served at 7:30 pm. Dessert will be a delectable make-your-own sundae bar, provided by Saugatuck Sweets.
Music for the evening will be provided by the NYC/CT based trio Suit Ty Thurrsty. Tom (The Suit) Forst, Tyree (Ty) Pope and Pedro (Bigg Thurrsty) Johnson have created a band that rocks with the best of them, featuring unique, driving original songs with a blend of rock, blues, funk, soul and hip hop.
A Live Auction, presided over by Seth Watsky from Christie’s Auction House, will follow dinner - think luxurious travel with Tauck World Discovery and some special opportunities, like an adorable 12-week-old Mini Goldendoodle puppy looking to become part of a local Y family.
Born July 19 at Country MiniDoodles in Indiana to a Golden Retriever mom and Miniature Poodle dad, this little guy has recently completed 4 weeks of training with Bill Miller of Smiling Dog Pet Services. Like the Labradoodle, Mini Goldendoodles are bred to produce a very low shedding pet, which makes them popular with many allergy sufferers. They usually grow to about 13-16 inches tall and weigh 25-35 fully grown.
Bill Miller says they are intelligent, friendly, usually like the water and are great with kids. Miller adds that these dogs have been easier to train and housebreak than any other breed he has worked with. Our Mini Golden Doodle is valued at $5,000 and may well fetch much more.
And, of course, it’s all for a great cause!
For further information about the Gala and the Y’s Annual Campaign