RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye YMCA celebrated its centennial with a historic gala that was two years in the making.
More than 350 Y members and friends attended the party at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“We’re thrilled that the event came together so beautifully and that everyone had a wonderful time,” said former Rye Y board member Terry Tolley, co-chair the gala. “The celebration tonight, and the countless hours it took to get here, represents the best of the Rye Y -- our passion, our energy and our teamwork. I’m so grateful to everyone who helped make our Centennial year a resounding success.”
During the cocktail hour, which was held in the Performing Art Center’s main lobby, guests enjoyed performances by the Y’s gymnastic team as well as Rye High School musicians Perry Tolley and Gregg Yanette.
Guests were then led into the theater for dinner, and in a twist, were seated at tables on the stage facing the darkened auditorium for dinner and the evening’s entertainment. Rye Y board President Kevin Tice kept the program moving as emcee.
The evening was capped off by a 45-minute stand-up routine by actor, author and comedian Paul Reiser of “Mad About You” television fame.
Among the evening’s highlights were remarks by Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells, who spoke about the lives changed at the Y; a live auction led by auctioneer Phil Moyles; a video highlighting the Y of yesterday and today; and presentation of the Gold Spirit Awards to Lucien Burnett and Pati Holmes.
The gala was not only a birthday celebration for the Rye Y, but also raised funds to support the organization’s financial assistance program (which last year awarded more than $625,000 in aid to people in need), community health work, and its centennial campaign to ensure the Y’s future.