YMCA of the Palms is the recipient of a $10,000 donation from The Allstate Foundation for Project Graduation 2012. Project Graduation, an all-night drug- and alcohol-free celebration for graduating high school seniors in Collier County will be held at the Greater Naples YMCA Friday, June 1 from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
“We’re thankful for the generous support of The Allstate Foundation and their commitment to keeping teens safe. In a few weeks we’ll celebrate the 27th annual Project Graduation, an event we know prevents alcohol- and drug-related incidents on graduation night, particularly those involving automobile accidents,” said Brandon Dowdy, president and CEO of YMCA of the Palms.
According to Cathy Mayo with The Allstate Foundation, “We believe that every high school graduate should have the opportunity to fulfill their hopes and dreams and The Allstate Foundation is proud to help make that possible.”
The Y continues to seek sponsorships for Project Graduation and several sponsorship levels are available including $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000, although any amount is welcomed. In addition to monetary donations, contributions such as food, graduate-friendly giveaways, and gift certificates are also needed.
Project Graduation is celebrating its 27th anniversary and has grown to attract more than 1,200 graduates. The overnight celebration includes activities such as a money machine, mechanical bull rides, jousting competition, rock wall climbing, Boogie Bodies, poolside games, DJ, dance contests, photo booths, laser battle, karaoke and arcade games.
For more information or to make a donation to Project Graduation, please call the Greater Naples YMCA at 239-597-3148 or visit www.ymcapalms.org.
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion and diversity; and economic empowerment. Over the last 60 years, the foundation has contributed nearly $300 million to organizations and projects in communities throughout the nation. For more information, visit www.allstatefoundation.org.
YMCA of the Palms is one of Collier County’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.