"Deuces Wild" a lively dual piano and comedy act, will kick off the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA's annual Partner with Youth campaign Oct.5, but make no mistake, Y staff are serious about using the event to meet the needs of families and youth.
Bianca Greazel, Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Development Director, expressed those sentiments in discussing the campaign's 2012 goals recently.
"The PWY scholarship program was created a number of years ago so eligible youth and families could access the Y and its programs," she said. "No one is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay."
Youth and families chosen for the program are granted access to Y facilities and access to programs.
"No membership revenues are used to offset scholarship awards," said Greazel.
Currently, the Y is assisting 1,700 individuals through the program.
IF YOU GO ...
What: Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos music and comedy show
When: 7 p.m., Oct. 5
Where: Impala Ballroom, 1005 W. Lincolnway, Marshalltown
Why: Fundraising event to benefit the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Partner with Youth campaign
$25 per person or $45 per couple. $175 for a reserved table of eight
Contact: Bianca Greazel at 641-752-8658.
"A gift of $250 provides 10 children enrollment in Y Fun Days when school is not in session," said Greazel. "A gift of $180 builds self confidence in a young person by providing a one-year membership."
Greazel said PWY has taken on an added challenge this year.
It will fund a 16-week swim lesson program, free-of-charge, to 200 fifth graders from Marshalltown's Lenihan Intermediate School.
The swimming lesson program was set up as a response to the drownings of four youth in the Iowa River this summer.
"It is important for the Y to respond to the needs of the community," said Greazel. "And the swimming lessons are one such example."
"I think everyone is looking for a way to try and make something positive come out of this terrible tragedy," said Carol Hibbs, Y CEO. "It was this we saw as having a lasting, long-term effect on these kids and give them the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe."
The PWY 2012 goal is $130,000 and will include swimming lesson expenses which are estimated to be $20,000.
Ralph Bryant, Lenihan principal, is PWY co-chair with Dr. Colette Loth, a McFarland Clinic pediatrician.
"I am motivated to serve as co-chair, because, in my years in Marshalltown, I've witnessed what the Y has accomplished, especially for the youth of our community," said Bryant. "I've helped with PWY campaigns in the past and it was easy to say 'yes' to serve as co-chair with Dr. Lothe this year. It is my way of saying 'thanks' for everything the Y has done for Marshalltown."
A recent scholarship recipient, who was raised in foster homes between the ages of 12 and 17, shared their appreciation for help from the Y.
"I am grateful for the activities the Y has to offer and I know this opportunity will help me continue to better myself and my son."