Gala 2019 | West Suburban YMCA

West Suburban YMCA Nets Over $80,600 at “Saturday Night Fever” Annual Gala

Nov 19, 2019

Supporters “get down” for an evening of funk and fundraising at the West Suburban YMCA’s disco-themed event.


Newton, MA – Over 200 people attended the West Suburban YMCA’s “Saturday Night Fever” gala on November 9, 2019 in support of the Y’s Annual Fund, which provides financial assistance for local families, individuals, children, and seniors to participate in the Y’s programs and services. The gala, which took place at the West Suburban YMCA, netted over $80,600 through ticket sales, sponsorships, auctions items, and fund-a-need donations.

The “Saturday Night Fever” disco theme proved to be a hit, as guests arrived in their funkiest 1970’s-inspired bell bottoms, jumpsuits, and sequined attire. The annual event featured cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, catered dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as a photobooth, raffle, and “spin and win” game. New this year, Newton resident and sports personality Nick “Fitzy” Stevens took on the role of emcee, providing a lively and humorous atmosphere while highlighting the ways in which the West Suburban YMCA is meaningful to him, his family, and the greater community.

“Tom Brady’s favorite acronym is LFG, short for ‘Let’s Freaking Go.’ But tonight, I suggest a different meaning – ‘Let’s Feel Generous,’” Stevens declared before heading into the live auction portion of the evening.

The live auction consisted of a variety of items and experiences such as an ultimate beer lovers package, highlighted by a private craft beer tasting event for 16 people; a once in a lifetime trip to Argentina with airfare voucher, lodging, and sightseeing tour included; and an opportunity to sit in on the Greg Hill Show’s post-game radio interview with Tom Brady and ask the Patriot’s quarterback a question on air.

Award-winning funk band East Coast Soul rounded out a successful evening, summoning guests to the dance floor with their rendition of the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.,” naturally. The dance floor remained packed throughout the night as the band played all the groovy favorites from decades past.

“At the Y, we do what is necessary to strengthen our community and support individuals and families before it may be popular or profitable,” says Jack Fucci, West Suburban YMCA President and CEO. “Our approach is to treat everyone like family, a friend, and be that shoulder to lean on. Through this event and donations year-round to our annual fund, we ensure our Y is accessible to all.”

The West Suburban YMCA would like to thank its generous sponsors, and specifically recognize platinum sponsor Bain Capital Community Partnerships, without whom the event would not have been possible.

About the West Suburban YMCA
The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable non-profit organization that has been a fixture in the Newton community for over 140 years. The Y is committed to strengthening the foundations of the community by supporting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility for all. In 2018, the West Suburban YMCA provided more than $560,000 in financial aid and community support that benefited over 1,000 families and individuals.