Dr. Patch Adams at YMCA dinner March 20

Staff Report

The YMCA of Rock River Valley will hold its annual community fund-raising dinner March 20. Approaching only its second year, the annual dinner is following a very successful inaugural year that brought in more than 700 guests. This year, the dinner will take on a healthy living theme and will feature special guest speaker Dr. Patch Adams, physician, social activist, clown and author.

Dedicated to bringing both humor and health to his patients, children and people alike, Dr. Adams’ presentation is, now more than ever, relevant to our community.

According to a study conducted by Gallup Healthways, Winnebago County was named the fourth-fattest county in the nation. Being healthy means more than simply maintaining weight and being active, it’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. As Dr. Adams says, “Being happy is the best cure for all diseases.”

The YMCA is dedicated to promoting healthy living in the community, and also puts forth the effort to be the change agent that inspires transformation. For example, the YMCA recently launched the YMCA Community Health Challenge, a 10-week boot camp designed to push people to complete their goals alongside other members of the program.

The YMCA knows that when we are able to work as one, both people and communities can move forward,” said Mike Brown, YMCA of the Rock River Valley CEO. “We hope this event inspires our community and is the catalyst to promote a positive change.”

The dinner will be at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, and will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to the guest presentation, several Rockford locals will be honored with awards. Among them, the Teen Leadership Award will be given to a teen, 15-19, who exemplifies leadership within the Rockford community. Nominations can be found at www.rockriverymca.org, and final submissions are due by March 11.

To register for the dinner, stop by one of the local YMCA locations, call (799) 500-0800 or visit www.rockriverymca.org. Cost is $100 per plate, $750 for a table of 10. All proceeds from the dinner will support the Y’s Annual Campaign.

From the Feb. 19-25, 2014, issue

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