Members of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, together with Northwestern University’s Lucile Krasnow, will be recognized for their dedication to improving children’s lives at the 2015 Annual Youth Programs Scholarship Gala, held at the McGaw YMCA on Saturday, January 24. 

The McGaw YMCA’s annual Youth Gala raises scholarship funds that ensure hundreds of children have the opportunity to learn to swim, receive tutoring, attend camp, prepare for college, and much more. Saturday’s Gala, “Fly Me To The Moon, Where No Star Is Out Of Reach,” raises awareness both about the variety of youth services provided by the McGaw YMCA, and about the collaborations that have helped so many youth reach for their dreams. 

The Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation has positively impacted the lives of countless youth by providing access to opportunity through education, technology, and the arts. Over the past two decades, the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation has invested its dedicated leadership and substantial philanthropy to the McGaw YMCA. Their recent support of the new MetaMedia Youth Center will provide middle school students with innovative, youth-driven ways to explore advanced technology, music and video production, and creative design.   

Lucile Krasnow, Northwestern University’s Special Assistant for Community Relations, has developed numerous successful collaborations within Evanston. Krasnow established a partnership with the Children’s Center so that more than 80 families affiliated with Northwestern receive quality early education services each year. Krasnow has also worked to ensure that the mentor program Project SOAR, which pairs Northwestern students with Evanston middle school youth, has created meaningful relationships for both mentors and mentees for more than a decade. 

The McGaw YMCA’s Youth Gala celebrates its substantive programs for children and teens, and provides opportunities for attendees to support youth program scholarships. The Gala features a live auction offering three tantalizing vacations: four days in New York City, including a sitting with a portrait artist; a fascinating visit to the Kennedy Space Center for four people, including airfare and hotel; and a weekend getaway to a beautiful downtown Chicago condo. A silent auction will include a trip to beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from March 13 to 20. 

Even those who cannot attend the Gala can support youth scholarships by purchasing raffle tickets which will be entered into a drawing for a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB). Tickets for the Gala and the raffle can be purchased online at www.mcgawymca.org/gala, under the “gala and raffle ticket” link. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the McGaw YMCA front desk. 

The McGaw YMCA would like to give a special thank you to our Galaxy Sponsor, Northwestern University. Thanks also to our other sponsors: BMO Harris Bank, First Bank & Trust, NorthShore Community Bank, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., The Israelite Group, The Owens Group, Temperance Beer Co., Evanston Capital Management, and Joan Kahla and Jeffrey D. Kahla, Major General, USAF (Ret.). 

The McGaw YMCA (www.mcgawymca.org) is a cause-driven, charitable organization that seeks to strengthen community with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our programs for children and teens support them academically, emotionally, and socially. Through these programs, the McGaw YMCA has positively impacted the Evanston community for more than 127 years.