Wang YMCA celebrates 4th Legacy Dinner

Patricia Barnwell, executive director of the Wang YMCA, spoke at the Legacy Dinner.

By Joanne Wong

Chinatown’s Wang YMCA raised more than $100,000 during its fourth annual fundraising event Legacy Dinner at the Empire Garden restaurant on Nov. 3.

More than 460 guests attended the action-packed evening, which featured lion dancing, live music, a silent auction, raffles and a 10-course Chinese banquet.

“The Y is a cornerstone of social change … every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good,” said Patricia Barnwell, the Wang YMCA’s executive director.

Three community leaders were honored for their relentless dedication to furthering the mission of the Wang YMCA: Mayor Thomas Menino; Bill Moy, chairman of the Wang YMCA of Chinatown board of advisors; and Bill Bray, the former executive director of the South Cove YMCA.

“We honor three individuals who helped to make the Chinatown YMCA a wellspring for children, families and seniors. We could not carry out our mission without [their] leadership, commitment and vision,” said Kevin Washington, the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston.

Moy has been involved with the Wang YMCA for 40 years in a variety of roles including basketball coach and program advocate, and is an active community leader in Chinatown.
Bray oversaw the construction of the first YMCA “bubble” — the air-inflated building that served as Chinatown’s first indoor recreation facility.

The Wang YMCA of Chinatown is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in the community. The Wang YMCA is all-inclusive and welcomes men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England

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