The first event commemorating the 125th anniversary of the McGaw YMCA, the Back (And) to the Future gala held in late January, drew a record number of attendees (400) and grossed the largest amount ever, $150,000.  The funds raised will benefit all the Y youth programs, providing scholarships for   kids who otherwise would be unable to participate in activities.  These include sports, mentoring, swimming lessons and camp experiences. 

In addition to the records set by the benefit, the 125th anniversary had yielded other exciting results, with memberships exceeding 11,000.  This is the highest number of memberships recorded in the organization’s 125-year history, dating back to the original 130 members in 1885. 

“The 125th anniversary has resulted in greater awareness of how the Y’s programs support the community all over the North Shore”, said Matt Johnson, Vice President of Marketing and Development.   “The premier showing of our anniversary film, ‘The YMCA in Evanston—125 Years Strong’ by Evanston resident Susan Hope Engel, captured the essence of the Y story over the past 125 years and continues to be applicable going forward,” Johnson added. 

Photos and video from the January gala are available on the McGaw YMCA website,www.mcgawymca.org     A special commemorative edition of, “The YMCA in Evanston-125 Years Strong”, is also available for order on the website.  The CD will retail for $25 with all proceeds funding youth programs at the McGaw Y.

 The first event commemorating the 125th anniversary of the McGaw YMCA, the Back (And) to the Future gala held in late January, drew a record number of attendees (400) and grossed the largest amount ever, $150,000.  The funds raised will benefit all the Y youth programs, providing scholarships for   kids who otherwise would be unable to participate in activities.  These include sports, mentoring, swimming lessons and camp experiences. 

In addition to the records set by the benefit, the 125th anniversary had yielded other exciting results, with memberships exceeding 11,000.  This is the highest number of memberships recorded in the organization’s 125-year history, dating back to the original 130 members in 1885. 

“The 125th anniversary has resulted in greater awareness of how the Y’s programs support the community all over the North Shore”, said Matt Johnson, Vice President of Marketing and Development.   “The premier showing of our anniversary film, ‘The YMCA in Evanston—125 Years Strong’ by Evanston resident Susan Hope Engel, captured the essence of the Y story over the past 125 years and continues to be applicable going forward,” Johnson added. 

Photos and video from the January gala are available on the McGaw YMCA website,

www.mcgawymca.org     A special commemorative edition of, “The YMCA in Evanston-125 Years Strong”, is also available for order on the website.  The CD will retail for $25 with all proceeds funding youth programs at the McGaw Y.