'Forever in Blue Jeans' fundraiser already off to great start

Published on Friday, 16 October 2020 18:22


SOUTHINGTON – The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA has announced title sponsors for its virtual, "house party" style "Forever in Blue Jeans" fundraiser this year. They are now seeking additional sponsors to help meet their $50,000 goal.

Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut Care Partners and The Main Street Foundation's Bradley H. Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust have stepped up as title sponsors for the virtual event, which will be held Nov. 20.

"We want to thank our wonderful sponsors for coming on-board," Pooler said. "We wouldn't be able to reach our goal without them."

Gary Havican, president of the Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center, said Hartford HealthCare is proud to be a title sponsor.

"Our partnership with the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA has helped provide greater access to community health for so many people," he said. "Hartford HealthCare is glad to support families who will be receiving services from such an amazing organization."

Susan Sadecki, president and CEO of the Main Street Community Foundation, said that the Foundation has supported the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA for years.

“We’ve made numerous grants to support their health initiatives,” she said. “We also just made a $100,000 grant to assist them with their general operations due to the pandemic through the Bradley H. Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust. They are a community organization that needs to be supported. They provide so much for the community at a time when it’s needed the most.”

Marla Pantaro, president of CarePartners of Connecticut, said she is glad to support the Y.

“Our involvement with the YMCA is a true collaboration of like-minded organizations, both focused on improving the health and wellness of Connecticut residents,” she said. "“This year has brought many new challenges and helping our members, as well as the community, safely navigate the pandemic remains our priority. While this year’s event may look different, we are proud to support such a dedicated, locally-focused organization."

Pooler said additional community supporters currently include The Calvanese Foundation, The Aqua Turf Club, The Law Offices of Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo &; DeNigris, LLP and Coca Cola of the Northeast.

Tickets are on sale now for $75, which includes a $25 gift card to Worldwide Wine & Spirits, a $25 gift card to Tops Supermarket and a $25 donation to the YMCA. People can then plan their own get-togethers in smaller groups. YMCA staff will connect to participants virtually at via Google Meets 7:30 p.m. that evening for a brief program.

“We think this will be a fun and safe way to still hold the popular Forever in Blue Jeans event, but keep people in smaller groups with those who they feel most comfortable to be around," Pooler said.

The YMCA is holding off on awarding a Compass Award this year. The award was traditionally presented at the gala to a recipient who embodies the mission of the YMCA.

"The Compass Award winner in past years got a beautiful opportunity to be recognized in front of hundreds of people," Pooler said. "We may hold off and get back to the award in 2021. We want to make sure that the recipient receives the proper recognition."

The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA will also have a silent auction, which will go live the week of the event, and a "Premier Auction", which is replacing the normal live auction, which will go live the day of the event.

"The silent auction has donations from folks around the community like gift cards and gift baskets," Pooler said. "People will be able to bid via their cell phones, like last year, on 100 plus prizes."

Pooler said the Premier Auction will have higher-end prizes.

"It includes prizes like a couple of foursomes at Ultimate Golf, a membership at Southington Country Club, a 25 person party at Lake Compounce and more," he said.

Tickets can be purchased at sccymca.org/forever-in-blue-jeans or at the Southington Community YMCA, located at 29 High St.

For more information about sponsorships, to purchase tickets or program ads, or for volunteer opportunities, call Event Coordinator Sarah Dupre at 860-621-8194, EXT. 605 or email sdupre@sccymca.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 16 October 2020 18:22. Updated: Friday, 16 October 2020 18:25.