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WOOSTER -- The Wooster YMCA will kick off the Bike Night season at The Olde Jaol when its annual event is held June 19.
With the perfect combination of great food, entertaining music, a wide variety of auction items and the chance to spend an evening with friends, supporters of the YMCA are hoping for another successful fundraiser this year.
"The Wooster YMCA Bike Night has been a great fundraiser over the years," said John Meenan, president of the YMCA's board of directors. "It helps support our Strong Kids programs that encompasses our babysitting, after school programs and summer camps. These programs are vital to a lot of kids and families and are offered at no cost or a reduced fee. It has been self-gratifying for me to witness the impact these programs have on the kids, and I am very proud to be a part of the YMCA that makes this all happen."
For decades, the Wooster YMCA has been offering a wide variety of programs to people of all ages, from swimming, fitness and gymnastics classes, to everything in between.
According to the Wooster YMCA's website (www.WoosterYMCA.org), the three goals of the non-profit organization is to provide youth development, healthy living and social responsibility -- all of which are made possible because of community fundraisers like Bike Night.
From 6-10 p.m., visitors to the Olde Jaol will be able to eat a variety of great foods, visit the beer tent and bid on some fabulous live and silent auction items, all while listening to the sounds of the featured musical entertainment from the Red Ball Jets.
"I would like to encourage everyone to come to Bike Night," Meenan said. "The Red Ball Jets are the featured band, we have some great auction items, including a cook-out provided by the YMCA board. And the best part of all is the money raised supports the programs for kids. That is a winner all the way around."
Meenan, owner and president of Built-Rite Box & Crate, which manufactures wood boxes, crates, skids, pallets "and just about anything out of wood needed in the industrial area," is a Wayne County native who graduated from Orrville High School. He and his wife, Jodie, who have been married nearly 31 years, reside in Wooster, and raised three children -- Elizabeth, 29; Joseph, 25; and Charles, 23.
Although his business and involvement with the YMCA keep him busy, Meenan does have some free time for a few of his favorite hobbies, which he said include bow hunting, snow skiing and wakeboarding. He also said he loves shooting clay pigeons and target shooting.
"Another hobby I have developed is shopping for my granddaughters' clothes -- way too much fun," he said.
An avid griller, he said a few years ago he became fond of smoking ribs, briskets and salmon, which he often prepares for his family. But his favorite meal is probably one many others have a similar fondness for -- "a nice tender strip steak, baked potato, grilled asparagus, salad and a Manhattan."
To learn about everything the Wooster YMCA has to offer, visit its website at www.WoosterYMCA.org or call 330-264-3131.
Living editor Lydia Gehring may be reached at 330-287-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She's lgehringTDR on Twitter.