The YMCA of Glendale held its inaugural fundraising gala Nov. 5 to celebrate the completion of Phase I of ongoing construction — a remodel that is transforming the Y into a contemporary, state-of-the-art, showcase facility — as well as the organization’s transformational impact on the health and well-being of not only its membership but the overall community over the past 96 years.

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L-R: Don Galleher, who received the Spirit Award; George Saikali, president & CEO of the YMCA of Glendale; MundoMax news anchor Palmira Perez Najarian, who emceed the evening; Ara Kalfayan, chairman of the board of directors of the YMCA of Glendale, who received the Leadership Award; Steve Bussjaeger, president of the Gregg Bussjaeger Foundation with the Champion Award; and Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, who accepted the Partnership Award on behalf of the City of Glendale. Photo Credit: Hongbin Dai

The elegant evening, emceed by MundoMax news anchor Palmira Perez Najarian, raised approx. $30,000 and was attended by 300 of Glendale’s city, community and business leaders. The night’s theme was A Night of Stories: Celebrating 96 Years of Building Community … And a Foundation for the Future

 

Highlighting the dinner event in the Y’s gymnasium – which was staged and decorated to create a magical, chandelier-lit setting for this celebratory evening – was a Broadway review with live music, followed by dancing.

 

As part of the celebration of the Glendale Y’s accomplishments over the past 96 years, four awards were presented to long-time supporters of the non-profit organization:  Don Galleher, who received the Spirit Award; the Bussjaeger Family and the Gregg Bussjaeger Foundation with the Champion Award; the City of Glendale  with the Partnership Award, which was accepted by Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian; and Ara Kalfayan, chairman of the board of directors of the YMCA of Glendale, who received the Leadership Award.

The elegant evening, emceed by MundoMax news anchor Palmira Perez Najarian, raised approx. $30,000 and was attended by 300 of Glendale’s city, community and business leaders. The night’s theme was A Night of Stories: Celebrating 96 Years of Building Community … And a Foundation for the Future.

 

Highlighting the dinner event in the Y’s gymnasium – which was staged and decorated to create a magical, chandelier-lit setting for this celebratory evening – was a Broadway review with live music, followed by dancing.

 

As part of the celebration of the Glendale Y’s accomplishments over the past 96 years, four awards were presented to long-time supporters of the non-profit organization:  Don Galleher, who received the Spirit Award; the Bussjaeger Family and the Gregg Bussjaeger Foundation with the Champion Award; the City of Glendale  with the Partnership Award, which was accepted by Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian; and Ara Kalfayan, chairman of the board of directors of the YMCA of Glendale, who received the Leadership Award.