The YMCA of Montclair’s annual 1891 Gala will take place on Saturday, November 14, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. This year’s Gala honorees are John and Dawn Fabbro, the owners of Fleet Feet Sports in Montclair.
For 28 years and counting, the Fabbros have served as the lead sponsor of the Montclair Run, a Y event each June, raising thousands of dollars for the YMCA of Montclair. In addition to their work with the Y, the Fabbros have also raised money for numerous local charities and are founding members of the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education.
“Twenty eight years ago when we opened Fleet Feet Montclair, our dream was about people, community and including everyone in something healthy and fun. Putting the right shoes on feet with consideration to heels, bunions, corns, tarsals, metatarsals and phalanges is simply our area of expertise to start the fitness conversation,” the Fabbros told Baristanet.
The real beauty of their work they say is in a uniting commitment with community members to build healthy lifestyles.
“The Montclair YMCA has been our partner in this mission since day one. The Y and Fleet Feet Sports have the remarkable opportunity to share in the health transformation experiences of individuals as well as our entire town. Because of our longstanding and meaningful friendship we deeply appreciate being recognized as the Montclair Y’s 2015 Gala honorees.”
Over the last four years, the Gala has raised more than $600,000. Every dollar raised goes toward the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program, which provides scholarships to families and individuals with demonstrated need from our community. Last year, scholarships allowed over 300 children to attend YMCA summer camps; 518 individuals to become members; and over 200 children to get safe after school care.
YMCA 1891 Gala
Saturday, November 14 from 7 pm – 11 pm
Mayfair Farms, 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $150 per person, with higher options to include donations. Purchase online here
(Photo credit: Portraits by Michael Stahl)