The YMCA Dinner Auction raised slightly more than $20,500 at the Chillicothe Country Club Saturday evening. The annual event serves as a kick-off to the Grand River Area Family YMCA’s Partners with Youth Campaign.

The YMCA Dinner Auction raised slightly more than $20,500 at the Chillicothe Country Club Saturday evening. The annual event serves as a kick-off to the Grand River Area Family YMCA’s Partners with Youth Campaign. This year’s annual event featured special guest and comedian, Moody McCarthy. There were 135 tickets sold for the event. “The generosity of our community is amazing,” said the YMCA’s Christian Outreach Director, Shawn Hurtgen. “Comedian Moody McCarthy was a great hit, as was our auctioneer Lance Croy.” The Chuck Challenge – an annual fund-raising push that involves Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney and has become a part of the dinner auction for several years – raised $1,925. As a result of the Chuck Challenge, Haney spends a day with two of the YMCA’s Y-PALS, showing them around Chillicothe, introducing them to city leaders, taking them on tours of the police and fire station, giving them a ride in a fire truck, and treating them to lunch. As a supporter of the YMCA, Haney challenges the attending crowd to give above their auction bids, to this event.  Woody’s and the Country Club were major supporters of the event, 16 other companies sponsored tables, and more than 70 items were donated for the silent auction, and 20 live auction items were donated. “We were excited to have such a great collection of people there,” Hurtgen said. “The Country Club provided a wonderful atmosphere, and the food and service were excellent. The fundraising is vital, but we also wanted to offer an exciting evening that people would look forward to attending.” The YMCA’s Partners with Youth helps finance many of the YMCA’s philanthropic efforts, including Y-PALS (youth mentoring program), Backpack Buddies (a weekend nutrition program that currently feeds 220 children each weekend of the school year), and provides scholarships to children and families to join the YMCA or participate in sports, swim lessons, and other YMCA activities. The fund also supplements the YMCA’s Christmas Giving Tree. Throughout the next month the YMCA board and staff will be working to raise the additional funds needed to meet the Partners with Youth total goal of $70,000.