Saturday, October 20, 2012

Blaze Support YMCA through DishED Gala

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.
“As 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.”
The 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.
Joining 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.
For 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 visit

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