The YMCA Community Dinner is back in 2024 with a focus on the power and impact of belonging! This event 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., John Quinones, Brian Vander Ark, Mandy Harvey, and Melissa D'Arabian. 


May 2, 2024


Embassy Suites


5:00 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. Event Starts


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Featuring Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp

The 2024 YMCA Community Dinner featured speaker will be Josh Shipp. Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. But his success as a preeminent author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert is living proof of the power of one caring adult. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate; Josh is renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E that followed his groundbreaking work with youth and families. He has written two national bestsellers, “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans” – winner of the Nautilus Gold Award for Parenting & Family – and “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.” Thanks to the support of teachers, counselors, and a fantastic set of foster parents, Josh went on to be named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list and completed his postgraduate studies at Harvard. Josh is regularly called on by OPRAH, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America, and others to comment on the next generation's challenges.

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Every year we have the privilege of honoring great leaders in our community.  We recognize a teen leader, a community leader and a business or organization who are making an impact in our community. Click on each of the awards below to learn more.

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