The YMCA Community Dinner is an annual event that celebrates community accomplishments and YMCA vision. We bring in a new celebrity each year to entertain and inspire us. Past speakers include Patch Adams, Bill Rancic, Stedman Graham, John Ratzenberger, Michael Jr. and John Quinones. 


March 7, 2019


Giovanni's Restaurant


5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


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Featuring Brian Vander Ark

Brian Vander Ark

The 2019 YMCA Community Dinner featured speaker will be Brian Vander Ark. Brian is the lead singer and principal songwriter for the multi-platinum band, "The Verve Pipe." In 1997, their song ‘The Freshmen’ was a number one hit. What followed were worldwide tours and fame. But, like many rock bands in the 90s, The Verve Pipe had a string of near hits, but ultimately failed to follow up their number one song with another. After being dropped from RCA Records, Brian sold all of his possessions and spent two years soul searching, living in an old RV, as beaten and worn as the man behind the wheel. Brian’s story is a compelling one - one that all of us can relate to. It’s about the dream of doing what you love to do and finding a way to continue, despite the many obstacles we all face in this ever-changing world. By refocusing, rebranding, and reinventing, Brian has been able to maintain a career and remain committed to a life in music.

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