The Utah Blaze supported the YMCA of Northern Utah through its first annual DishED Gala on Wednesday, October 17th. As the YMCA of Northern Utah’s primary fundraising event, DishED fuses the long standing success of Sports Night with the joy of love and food. In addition to making an in-kind donation, Blaze Head Coach Ron James, Offensive Line Coach Ron McBride and Defensive Back David Hyland attended the event as celebrity guests.
an organization, we constantly strive to help make our community a
better place,” said James. “The YMCA has a long-standing tradition of
helping the community’s youth reach their full potential. I’m thrilled
we had to opportunity to contribute to that goal and honored to be a
part of this event.”
night began with a silent auction and dinner, which was followed by a
spirited live auction. In total, the event raised over $20,000. All
proceeds raised from the event will be used to ensure that all youth,
regardless of income and background, have the opportunity to participate
in the YMCA’s programs, such as early childhood education for four and
five year olds, Afterschool, day camps in Salt Lake and Weber and
overnight camp at Camp Roger.
James, McBride and Hyland as celebrity guests were several prominent
Utah sports figures such as former Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan, former
Utah Jazz players Mark Eaton and Thurl Bailey, and former Dallas Cowboys
defensive back Manny Hendrix.
over 100 years the YMCA has been making a difference and strengthening
our community. Its mission is to provide communities with experiences
that enhance healthy mind, body and spirit while striving to build
strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. If you would like
to donate or volunteer your time to the YMCA of Northern Utah, please