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A Hard Day’s Night (of Fundraising): YMCA Raised $200K+ with a Little Help from Its Friends

When it comes to supporting a worthy cause, La Crosse doesn’t just “Come Together,” it comes together with style, heart, and a whole lot of harmony. That’s exactly what happened at the La Crosse Center’s Riverside Ballroom on May 23rd, where the YMCA hosted its 3rd annual “Come Together for the Y” fundraiser. La Crosse Local was thrilled to be part of this special event, celebrating an organization that uplifts our community in countless ways. With a rocking Beatles tribute band setting the mood, a room brimming with generosity, and an astonishing $200,000+ raised, the night was a testament to the power of community and the enduring appeal of the Fab Four. So grab your dancing shoes and join us as we relive the magic of this extraordinary evening.

John, Paul, George, and Ringo

A Long and Winding Road – Cocktail and Hors D’oeuvres Reception

Our journey through this magical night began on the 4th floor of the La Crosse Center, where an air of excitement and anticipation hung in the air. Guests were greeted with glasses of bubbly and a chance to strike a pose in front of the iconic Abbey Road album cover—a perfect way to capture the spirit of the evening. The air hummed with conversation and laughter as attendees mingled over delicious hors d’oeuvres from The Waterfront Restaurant. Beatles trivia challenged even the most devoted fans, while the promise of winnings drew eager participants to the Golden Ticket raffle. As we made our way down the long and winding road to the Riverside Ballroom, guests paused for one last photo op in front of a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band backdrop before entering a night of music and celebration.

Peace, Love, and La Crosse Community

Andrea Roen, La Crosse Local Site Director, with her husband, Marc Roen

Stepping into the ballroom felt like stepping back in time as if the spirit of the swinging sixties had taken over La Crosse for the night. Record-shaped cupcake stands overflowing with Fab Four-themed treats set the scene, while larger-than-life mascots of John, Paul, George, and Ringo—decked out in their iconic “Sgt. Pepper’s” garb—added a touch of playful whimsy.

The crowd was a kaleidoscope of color and creativity, embracing the theme with gusto. Go-go boots strutted alongside bell bottoms, mod shift dresses mingled with flowing maxi dresses, and peace sign jewelry jingled to the beat of the Beatles’ timeless tunes. Whether it was a pair of “John Lennon” sunglasses or a mop-top wig, everyone seemed to find their own way to express their love for the band and the era.

But beyond the costumes and decorations, there was a palpable sense of community and shared purpose. This wasn’t just a party; it was a celebration of the YMCA’s mission to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The energy in the room was infectious, a mix of nostalgia, excitement, and a genuine desire to give back. It was a reminder that when La Crosse comes together, great things happen.

All You Need Is Love (And Some Great Music)

When A Hard Day’s Night took the stage, the energy in the room reached a fever pitch. From the moment the opening chords of “I Saw Her Standing There” rang out, it was clear this wasn’t just any tribute band. They embodied the Beatles’ spirit, sound, and charisma in a way that transported us all back to the era of Beatlemania.

A Hard Day’s Night played at Come Together for the Y

The band’s attention to detail was impeccable, from their spot-on harmonies to their period-perfect costumes and instruments. They didn’t just play the hits; they became the Beatles, channeling their energy and stage presence with an infectious enthusiasm that had the crowd on their feet in no time.

As the night went on, the hits kept coming: “Twist and Shout,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” and “Hey Jude”—each song united the crowd in a wave of shared nostalgia and tribute to the band that changed the world. Couples were twirling on the dance floor, friends were belting out lyrics arm-in-arm, and even the most reserved attendees were tapping their toes to the beat. The atmosphere was electric, a testament to the timeless power of the Beatles’ music and the talent of A Hard Day’s Night to bring it to life.

Twisting & Shouting for a Cause

While the Beatles tunes set the mood for a swinging good time, the heart of the event was about something much bigger than music. It was a celebration of the YMCA’s commitment to strengthening our community. The Y’s mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to thrive. From providing affordable childcare options for working families to offering life-changing youth programs and accessible fitness facilities, the Y is a cornerstone of our community.

The incredible outpouring of support was evident in the staggering $200,000+ raised that night. This impressive sum is a testament to the Y’s impact on countless lives in La Crosse. Every dollar donated helps create a stronger, healthier, and more connected community where everyone can reach their full potential.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

A heartfelt thank you to the YMCA for hosting the unforgettable event. The outpouring of support from sponsors, volunteers, board members, and attendees was truly inspiring.

La Crosse Local is proud to stand alongside the YMCA in its mission to empower our community. We were honored to be part of such an impactful event, and we look forward to seeing how the funds raised will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of countless individuals and families in La Crosse.

Let It Be… A Night That Lived Up to Its Name

As the final notes of the night faded away, it was clear that “Come Together for the Y” had lived up to its name in every way. The evening resonated with a harmony of giving, grooving, and good vibes that would have made the Beatles themselves feel right at home. The outpouring of support for the YMCA was a testament to the organization’s vital role in our community, and the funds raised will undoubtedly go a long way in helping the Y continue its important work.

Even if you couldn’t twist and shout alongside us at Come Together for the Y, we encourage you to learn more about how you can support the YMCA’s mission. Visit its website to discover the wide array of programs available for all ages and interests, from youth sports and swim lessons to adult fitness classes and community events. Consider volunteering your time, donating to their annual campaign, or attending their next fundraising event. Together, we can help the Y continue to be a beacon of hope, health, and belonging for everyone in La Crosse.


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