Hundreds gathered at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA for the Poinsettia Ball on Saturday evening, December 8th to support active programs for local families and kids. The evening included a silent auction, tray-passed appetizers, cocktails, a fantastic plated dinner, dessert, a live band (Atomic Groove), and a live auction to sponsor kids unable to afford attending YMCA camps and activities.
The evening also included a special video presentation honoring the Gary Biszantz family, who made a multi-million dollar donation years ago, that allowed the YMCA gymnasium to be built. Gary Biszantz, obviously touched by the presentation, told the cheering crowd that it was his family who had received (not given) the greatest gift through their participation with the YMCA.
Gala Sponsors for the event were the Dan Green Leichtag Foundation Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation and Don & Dragon Sherman. Major Sponsors were Sovereign Capital Management Group Inc., Wake Up with KPBS, Scripps, Atomic Groove, Classic Party Rentals, Walmart, and the Ecke Family. Event Sponsors were Carltas Company, Mo Ecke, Dave & Heidi Hodges, Residential Wholesale Mortgage, LLC, and Barbara Winter, in honor of her mother, Magdalena Ecke. There were also numerous Guest Sponsors, Friends of the Ball, and Table Sponsors.
The event would not have been possible without the dedication of the Poinsettia Ball Committee (top picture), led by Co-Chairs Sheila Wirick and Karen Macbeth, with the support of committee members Melanie Buck, Betsy Dean, Lizbeth Ecke, Mo Ecke, Cathy Eischen, Edgar Engart, Kim Horner, Kathryn Janz, Robbie Johnson, Vanessa Smith, and Eugenia Welch.
Hundreds more kids will grow up healthier and happier, as well as making memories to last a lifetime thanks to all of the volunteers, donors, and attendees of the 2012 Poinsettia Ball.
We LOVE the Magdalena Ecke YMCA!