SOUTHINGTON â€“ The Southington YMCA will honor Town Manager Garry Brumback at their 15th annual â€śForever in Blue Jeansâ€ť fundraiser Nov. 17 at The Aqua Turf Club.
The event will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight at the banquet facility at 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. The evening highlight will be presenting Brumback with the 12th Annual â€śCompass Award.â€ť
â€śThe 11th Annual Compass Award is designed to shed some light on an individual who we feel deserves special mention at such a large community event,â€ť says YMCA Board of Directors President, Dan Daigle. â€śWe selected Garry Brumback because he is leaving his position serving as our Town Manager after seven years of working to make the Town of Southington a better place for all of us to live and work. We couldnâ€™t let him leave without showing our appreciation.â€ť
Brumback is retiring in February and moving back to Florida to live closer to his father. Mark Sciota will succeed him.
When he learned of his recognition, Brumback said he was both â€śsurprisedâ€ť and â€śhonoredâ€ť â€śto be recognized by an organization and community my wife and I have enjoyed so much.â€ť
â€śGarry, from when he started his tenure as Town Manager seven years ago, has been a magnet to bring people together,â€ť said YMCA Executive Director John Myers. â€śWe have improved because of his big picture views and his ability to get Southington on a great, sustainable path toward success.â€ť
YMCA Development Director, Shannon Eterginio said that Brumback, along with his wife, Jen, have both served on the YMCAâ€™s Board for the duration of their time in town. She also said that she â€śgives him a lot of creditâ€ť for being willing to jump into the freezing pond at Camp Sloper for the Yâ€™s annual â€śSloper Plungeâ€ť fundraiser.
Eterginio said that the event is expected to draw nearly 700 people to raise an estimated $80,000.
â€śProceeds benefit the Southington Community YMCAâ€™s annual community support campaign so that we can be sure everyone in town â€“regardless of age, income or background â€“ has the opportunity to grow and thrive at the Y,â€ť says Eterginio. â€śThe Y is so much more than a gym and swim â€“ weâ€™re a cause aimed at strengthening our community.â€ť
This past summer, Eterginio said that the Southington Y provided scholarships to 98 children so they could attend camp. In 2017, 30 cancer survivors will have participated in the Yâ€™s free LIVESTRONG program, which helps people recovering from cancer treatment get back to health. The Y in the Afternoon Outreach Program serves 35-50 kids a day in at-risk neighborhoods in town to be sure those kids get help with homework, physical activity and a healthy snack.
â€śWe never want to turn anyone away from our Y for financial reasons, said Eterginio. â€śWe work tirelessly to be sure this doesnâ€™t happen. This yearâ€™s event is going to be a lot of fun for a great cause.â€ť
â€śWe are really excited about this yearâ€™s event,â€ť said Myers. â€śOver the past 15 years, Forever in Blue Jeans has grown to be our most highly anticipated and largest fundraiser of the year.â€ť
Eterginio said that guests to this yearâ€™s event can buy a special martini from a martini tower. Each glass will have a number on it and the winning number will receive a diamond pendant from B&V Jewelers. They will also have a â€śheads or tailsâ€ť game, where the last participant standing can win $500, as well as a live auction and silent auction.
â€śWe have about 200 silent auction items and 10 live auction items,â€ť said Eterginio. â€śPeople can win a trip to Puerto Plata or a flight lesson among other unique prizes.â€ť
Major sponsors include Sign Pro and the Law Offices of Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePalo and Denigris, LLC. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
Tickets are $75. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the YMCA at 29 High St., visit sccymca.org or call Eterginio at 860-426-9510 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.