YMCA Cheers To 90 Years Raises $30,000

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank YMCA Cheers To 90 Years fundraising event held Thursday, October 9, raised approximately $30,000 for the nonprofit organization’s financial assistance program. The party also celebrated 90 years of the Burbank Community YMCA’s work and outreach in the city.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event, held on the Nickelodeon Animation Studios campus, including Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Matthew Vallecilla (Field Representative for Congressman Brad Sherman), Vice Mayor Bob Frutos, City Treasurer Debbie Kukta, City Manager Mark Scott, City Clerk Zizette Mullins, Police Chief Scott LaChasse, Councilmember Jess Talamantes and Gary Olson, CEO/President of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.

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(From left to right) Matthew Vallecilla (Field Representative for Congressman Brad Sherman, Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, YMCA President/CEO J.C. Holt, Jr., YMCA Board Chair David Escobar and Nickelodeon HR Manager Carson Smith celebrate 90 years of the Burbank YMCA. Danny Harold of Harold Catering holds the birthday cake steady. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“My wife and kids and I have spent many hours over the years at the Y sweating it out,” commented Schiff. “We have always found the facilities, the staff, the management, the childcare, the personal trainers, the classes, just superlative.”

“You’ve done magnificent work and that’s not even beginning to talk about the broad array of services you provide to the community in so many ways, in dental care, in physical education and just dealing with quality care for young and old alike,” Schiff said as he praised the attending staff and administration of the YMCA. “It’s a tremendous institution and the Y has so much to be proud of.”

“One of the things I get to do as the state legislative representative of this area is I get to be an ambassador for this area,” commented Gatto. “I’m always singing the praises of this community wherever I go in the world.”

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“I always talk about how Burbank is a special place. It’s a special place to live, to grow up, to have a family, to go to school, and there’s so many things that make this community special,” continued Gatto. “It’s not just the weather, it’s not just businesses like Nickelodeon, but it really is the strength of our community based organizations like the YMCA and all of the people who support it.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank YMCA distributed over $350,000 in services last year to more than 1000 Burbank residents who couldn’t normally afford them, according to J.C. Holt, Jr., President and CEO of the Burbank Community YMCA.

David Escobar, Chair of Burbank YMCA Board of Directors, also thanked the people at the event, “You make the community a better place by supporting great organizations like the YMCA.”

“It’s been an amazing year for us,” Escobar added. “As a member, a board member, a volunteer and a donor, thank you for your support and 90 years of commitment to this beautiful city of Burbank.”

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)
(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“What a thrill to be in the iconic environs of Nickelodeon with over 250 supporters of the Y,” Holt commented after the event. “We are not in the habit of doing an annual gala and we were determined to avoid ‘another chicken dinner’ in the community… I’d say we exceeded the goal.”

“I’m grateful for the presence of Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Mayor David Gordon recognizing the Y for our efforts in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” Holt concluded. “Our staff, board and volunteers, led by Yvette Herrera, created an atmosphere that certainly exceeded participant expectations and helped raise funds for deserving youth and families in our community.”