The non-profit Santa Anita Family YMCA (SAFYMCA) has been selected to be the beneficiary of proceeds from the 7th annual Old Town Monrovia Food, Wine and Jazz Festival that takes place on Sunday, Sept. 7 in the heart of Old Town on Myrtle Ave.
The Food, Wine and Jazz Festival is sponsored by the Old Town Merchants and the City of Monrovia Department of Community Services as a fundraiser for local non-profits.
“The YMCA is truly blessed by the support from the City of Monrovia and its residents. We look forward to continue working with all agencies to make this a better place for youth, families and seniors,” said Damon Colaluca, chief executive officer of the SAFYMCA.
Colaluca said proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the SAFYMCA’s Financial Assistance Program to ensure that anyone in need of YMCA programs or services can receive them regardless of their ability to pay full fee. In 2007, the Financial Assistance Program aided more than 1,000 individuals and families to utilize the SAFYMCA’s programs and services including the Licensed After School Child Care Program, swimming, sports programs, camps and exercise programs.
“The City of Monrovia was particularly impressed by the fact that the Santa Anita Family YMCA does not turn people away for an inability to pay. That and the long history of commitment to the community led to the organization’s successful application,” said Paul Larsen, vice chairman of the community services commission.
Last year’s festival generated more than $20,000 for the Library Foundation, a non-profit committee formed to raise funds for furnishing, equipping and decorating the new Public Library when construction is completed.
Other beneficiaries have included the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills, Monrovia Reads, the Monrovia Unified School District “Don’t Stop the Music” program, Friends of the Monrovia Public Library, and the Monrovia Public Library Foundation.
The Old Town Monrovia Food, Wine and Jazz Festival features samplings of wine and spirits from around the world, tasting menu specialties from area restaurants and a variety of live jazz performances throughout the event.
Advance tickets can be purchased for $50 at the SAFYMCA at 501 S. Mountain Ave. in Monrovia, online, and at other city locations including Monrovia City Hall and Monrovia Library. Tickets will be sold for $60 at the door. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $30 per ticket.
For more information, call the Santa Anita Family YMCA at (626) 359-9244 or visit the SAFYMCA website at www.safymca.org.