Y to launch $1.1M campaign to help kids, support community


Governor Lincoln Chafee will address about 300 guests as the YMCA of Greater Providence kicks off its annual $1.1 million support campaign to help kids achieve and improve the health of the community at a March 7 breakfast at the Crowne Plaza.

Guests in attendance will include business leaders and community stakeholders from across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts as well as Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, who will provide the welcome address.

The event, as well as the entire fundraising campaign, will be chaired by Joseph B. White, partner at Robinson & Cole LLP. White also serves as a municipal court judge in North Kingstown. He has been a leadership volunteer at the YMCA of Greater Providence for nearly 10 years.

“Now more than ever, our friends and neighbors need the support of the Y. The number of programs and services that we provide increases, especially during difficult economic times, so, of course, our fundraising goals must increase as well. We appreciate the efforts of our community leaders as they come together to raise awareness of the Y’s mission and help us bring more resources to our cause,” White said in a statement.

The Y impacts the lives of community members in many ways. Programs help individuals and families affected by chronic illnesses, like cancer and diabetes, provide safe and affordable after-school enrichment programs, and improve the health of communities by increasing access to physical activity and improving nutrition.

For more information about the YMCA, visit www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org.


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