SOUTHINGTON - The Southington YMCA will honor Town Manager Garry Brumback at its 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, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. The highlight will be the presentation of the 12th annual Compass Award.
â€śThe 12th 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 said 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.
Brumback said he was surprised and honored 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 Brumback, along with his wife, Jen, have 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 and 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 - regardless of age, income or background - has the opportunity to grow and thrive at the Y,â€ť said Eterginio. â€śThe Y is so much more than a gym and swim - 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 children 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 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.
The event will also feature a â€śheads or tailsâ€ť game, in which 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.