The Valparaiso Family YMCA Y Bash is this Saturday, January 31, 2015

YMCA-Red-PurpleThe Y BASH list of silent auction items is topped by an autographed bat by Ernie Banks. Saturday would have been Ernie’s 84th Birthday. Other great items that are part of the auction to raise money for the Y’s Annual Campaign are: a Paul Konerko – autographed bat, Jonathan Toews – autographed puck, Patrick Kane – autographed puck, Chicago sports memorabilia, a week’s stay in St. John, Virgin Islands, an original painting by artist, Justin Vining, tickets to Cubs, White Sox baseball games and Purdue & VU basketball tickets, wine tasting and tour of 3 wineries in SW Michigan for 16 guests, 4 one –day park hopper passes at Walt Disney World in Florida, gift certificates to local restaurants, Chicago excursions, spa/beauty packages and much more!

This year the co-chairs of the Y BASH are Crystal and Dimitri Olympidis, of Family Express Corporation, Tom Newton, of Newton Appraisals, and Rob Thorgren, of Thorgren Tool & Molding, Inc. The Y BASH will be held this Saturday at the Porter County Expo Center. The Y BASH, with its extensive silent auction, is our premier fundraising event. Enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres from Pikk’s and music from Latin Satin Soul, performing once again this year. Join us for a night of dining and dancing for a great cause. Tickets are available at the Y courtesy desk, for $75 each or $80 online at

This campaign assists the Y in providing scholarship assistance to low income individuals, those with disabilities, and social service agencies so that everyone who seeks better health and well-being has access to the facilities and programs of the Valparaiso Family YMCA. It is the Mission of the Y that not any individual be turned away due to the inability to pay. Through this commitment and the generosity of our supporters, we are able to give back $4 to the community for every $1 that is donated to this cause.

To make a contribution to the annual campaign, or for information about the Valpo Y BASH, please contact Donna Demko at 219 462 4185, ext. 351.

Thank you for making it possible for others to live, grow and thrive at the Y!