The YMCA Community Dinner is back in 2023! Our last event was in 2020 right before the pandemic. 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, and Mandy Harvey. 


May 18, 2023


Tebala Event Center


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


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Featuring Melissa d'Arabian

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The 2023 YMCA Community Dinner featured speaker will be Melissa d'Arabian. Passionate about sharing her tried-and-true family recipes and money-saving tactics, Melissa d’Arabian competed on and won season five of The Next Food Network Star. Since then, she has become beloved for her cooking show, Ten Dollar Dinners, her New York Times-bestselling cookbooks, and her regular television appearances on the Food Network and beyond. Now, d’Arabian is sharing with audiences her personal journey of discovering the unique connections that food can create between families, communities, health, and spirituality. In her latest book, Tasting Grace, she explains how she began to appreciate food not only as a gift from God, but also as a deeper invitation into his love. Tasting Grace transforms perceptions of the role food plays in your life, and demonstrates how the gift of food can be an invitation to grace, authenticity, connection, hospitality, comfort, and more. In her events and speaking engagements, d’Arabian reminds audiences that food is foremost a gift from God, while encouraging and inspiring listeners to find the freedom to enjoy his wonderful creation. In addition to her talks on faith, d’Arabian shares her diverse life experiences and her expertise on topics ranging from food and health, to family and parenting, to business and leadership, and on causes close to her heart, like suicide prevention and childhood hunger. D’Arabian grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended the University of Vermont before earning her MBA at Georgetown University. Before becoming a celebrity chef, author, and speaker, she enjoyed a successful career in corporate finance and strategy. She lives outside San Diego with her husband and four daughters. For more information on Melissa, please visit

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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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