West Cook YMCA

You’re Invited to the 2017 West Cook YMCA Annual Gala!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hyatt Lodge (click for map)
2815 Jorie Blvd.
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Come REDISCOVER YOUR Y, as we celebrate the past, present, and future of serving the West Cook YMCA communities with programs that address critical health and wellness challenges through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. For 115 years, generations of youth have become thriving adults with guidance from the West Cook YMCA, and adults have enjoyed healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Be a part of the continuing legacy as we come together to celebrate the past and raise support for community-based programs that will help every individual become their best self. This year’s event offers a unique perspective as Kevin Washington, President and CEO of YMCA of the USA will share how the Y as a movement is addressing critical social issues across the nation and how the West Cook YMCA is an active part of that solution right here in our community.

6:00 pm: Open Bar, Hors D’oeuvres, Live Music
7:00 pm: Plated Dinner & Program with Live Auction 

$175 per seat reservation $1,575 per table of ten seats 

Mail or drop off reply card by November 4, 2017

RSVP Today!

Did you receive our Save the Date card? If not and you would like one, please email Tara Lenardi at tlenardi@westcookymca.org.

Be a part of the legacy and join us this year at our annual Gala. You’re invited and bring your friends and family and make it a night out for a good cause. RSVP today. Fill out the reply card and either mail it to Tara Lenardi at West Cook YMCA, 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60302 or call 708-434-0211 for more details.

Can’t Attend? Here are some ways you can still support our event:

Sponsor the Gala
There are three different opportunities to sponsor the Gala through a dinner sponsorship, program ad sponsorship, or as a table sponsor. Check out our sponsorship page for more details. 

Donation in lieu of attending
You can donate today to our financial assistance program.



The West Cook YMCA raises support to strengthen our community through programs and activities focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Thanks to the support of community members, the West Cook YMCA is able to improve the well-being and health literacy of almost a 1,000 children, adults, and seniors who otherwise would not be able to participate in Y programming. 

Become a Sponsor Today!


Special Guest

Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA

This year’s event offers a unique perspective as Kevin Washington, President and CEO of YMCA of the USA, will share how the Y as a movement is addressing critical social issues across the nation and how the West Cook YMCA is an active part of that solution right here in our community.





Scott Yen, M.D., is the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency program at West Suburban Medical Center. He is integrally involved in medical education as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and does a weekly webinar for medical knowledge assessment (MKSAP). He has also been a practicing physician in the community for the last 22 years. Cathy is the Executive Director of the Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce, a small business support organization that provides leadership, advocacy and resources to its almost five hundred members. She also serves on the economic development boards of both Oak Park and River Forest as well as the Business and Civic Council.

Scott and Cathy Yen have been committed to the Oak Park - River Forest community since coming here after graduate school in the early nineties. In addition to actively supporting the academic, artistic and athletic pursuits of their two children, Erin and Christopher, they have held numerous leadership roles in community organizations. Currently, Scott sits on the Board of the West Cook YMCA where he is the Medical Director for the Chronic Disease Program. Cathy will become President of the Rotary Club of Oak Park - River Forest in 2018, taking the helm in the Club's Centennial year. Cathy previously served as a director of the Oak Park Education Foundation, the Community Chest United Way and the many parent organizations supporting the local school districts.

Scott and Cathy graduated Princeton University in 1987. Scott went on to pursue his medical degree at the University of Chicago, where Cathy received her Master’s in Business Administration. Cathy also holds a Masters in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Together, they believe strongly in the power of wellness, education and local economic development as a means of challenging poverty and social injustice.


Auctioneer Ian Lindsay

Ian Lindsay is an auctioneer, actor, and acting teacher. He has been honored to assist a wide range of non-profit organizations from around the Puget Sound and beyond. Recently appearing at the Seattle Children's Theatre, Taproot Theatre and in a SIFF short film, Ian's theatrical work provides grounding for his auctioneering style. A former member of the Seattle Arts Commission, and board member of Seattle's Shunpike, Ian works to promote the fiscal health of the arts in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Ian is proud alum of Seattle University's Philosophy and Drama programs.





Fresh Bread


Four Endives Salad with Roasted Almonds and Mustard Vinaigrette


Beef Short Ribs and Salmon with Orange Chipotle Glaze

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto


Chocolate Bag with Berries


Canyon Road Chardonnay and Cabernet served with dinner

Coffee service available 



Contact Us

Tara Lenardi  |  tlenardi@westcookymca.org

255 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60302
708 383 5200