YMCA of Silicon Valley donors “ignite the spark” to help local youth thrive.
Donors from across Silicon Valley were honored on Sunday November 4, 2018 at the YMCA of Silicon Valley’s Ignite the Spark Dinner. Over 200 attendees, all Y supporters, came together to celebrate the positive impact donors have made in the past year.
More than 12,000 donors and 7,000 volunteers joined YMCA of Silicon Valley to strengthen and support the community.
Last year alone, donors contributed more than $4.2 million dollars to the Y, making financial assistance possible for more than 18,000 kids, individuals, and families across Silicon Valley.
Kristin Burt, Principal at LUCHA Elementary School in San Jose, presented alongside her son, Callum, who participated in the Y’s Summer Learning Program alongside many peers able to join thanks to the Y’s financial aid offerings.
Principal Burt described the impact of the program, “This summer, 1,268 students enjoyed enriching educational experiences through Summer Learning Programs. I witnessed first-hand the power of a stimulating and supportive summer environment.”
Callum described how much fun he had in the program, describing how grateful he feels that other kids his age are able to enjoy the experience as well, thanks to donors and community leaders.
During the evening, Ed Bowen was honored as the 2018 Red Triangle Award recipient for his incredible 49 years of service and remarkable generosity.
Ed brings together the best of financial and real estate expertise to create safe, supportive environments for local youth to learn, grow, and thrive. His deep commitment has changed lives, especially for kids who have attended YMCA Camp Campbell, located in the heart of the California Redwoods.
All those who attended the event left inspired, content in the knowledge that igniting a spark for youth to grow will set the world aglow and brighten futures across the bay area.