The Madison Area YMCA’s Celebration of Impact Barbecue, held Sunday, June 23, drew more than 200 Y members, board members, donors, staff and friends to the grounds of the Family Center to highlight and celebrate the Y’s impact in the community.  


Powerful stories shared during the event by Y members and health and wellness programming participants underscored the Y’s purpose—being accessible to everyone in the community whether it is for health and wellness needs, youth counseling, childcare and early childhood education or a sense of belonging.

Guest speaker Katherine Grieder shared how the LIVESTRONG  at the YMCA program helped her thrive after her cancer diagnosis. Beth Cocco, also a guest speaker, shared her family’s uplifting story of success that happened with the support and guidance of Project Community Pride, the Y’s youth counseling program. 

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The  free family-friendly barbecue also included a DJ, a bounce house and games for children.


As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, and improving the community’s health and well-being and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.