DEWITTVILLE - On Saturday, Nov. 10, YMCA Camp Onyahsa will hold its 11th annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser. This event will feature a superb menu, amazing auction items, and live music in honor of the YMCA's recipient of the lifetime for service award. The event begins at 6 p.m. with Hors d'oeuvres and cocktail hour in the camp's restored 1938 Darrah Hultquist Dining Hall, located on the shore of Lake Chautauqua, in Dewittville.
The event will celebrate the Camp's mission and its goal to foster excellence in youth development through quality camp experiences. It will also honor Roberta Thompson as recipient of the YMCA's 2012 Paul B. Sullivan Lifetime Service Award. The award will be presented to Thompson for her years of service, dedication and commitment to the Jamestown area's YMCA. Thompson has been a longstanding member of the YMCA since 1974, and became a board member in 1984. In 1986 she was elected the first female board president in the history of the Jamestown Y, and served for three years.
Currently, she serves as a trustee on the board and is also a member of the feasibility committee. Thompson is an associate broker with Real Estate Advantage in Jamestown, a member and past president of the National Association of Realtors, and volunteer with the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
A helicopter ride will be among auction items.
The event will be catered by Michael Flowers and his son, New York Mets Executive Chef Robert Flowers. Michael Flowers is an associate broker for ERA Vacation Properties Real Estate who during the summer months, serves as Food Service Director for Camp Onyahsa. Robert began his culinary craft helping out in his parents' Bradford Pennsylvania Restaurant and Bakery. Thereafter he attended culinary school at the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, where he completed internships at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.
"A culinary innovator known for producing top-quality creative products," Chef Flowers will be donating the proceeds from catering this event to Camp Onyahsa in memory of his late mother, Marsha Flowers who in past years catered this fundraising dinner while employed at the Village Casino in Bemus Point.
The evening will also feature live music provided by Richie Leeper and Soul Revival, as well as a wide variety of live auction items. This year's items range from box tickets to a New York Mets game during the 2013 Season to a helicopter ride over Lake Chautauqua. Proceeds from the event will assist the vital development of the camp and year round curricula, enabling it to fulfill its mission to foster the spiritual, mental and physical well-being of camp participants of diverse backgrounds and abilities within a nurturing outdoor environment while creating a meaningful sense of community involvement among them.
Community members are invited to attend this semi-formal evening. Tickets may be purchased for $75 per person through the YMCA Camp Onyahsa office or one of Camp's board members. More information may be obtained by contacting Itza Morales at 664-2802 ext. 238, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the camp's website at www.onyahsa.org.