Hopewell Valley YMCA Annual Spring Fundraiser to Honor Two Hopewell Valley Residents

Hopewell Valley YMCA has announced that their annual “Spring for the Y” fundraising event will be held on April 28, 2018 at the Glenmoore Barn in Hopewell. This year’s event will honor Heidi Kahme and Dawn Blauth.

Heidi Kahme will be presented with the 2018 Larry Rothwell Social Responsibility Award, named for Larry Rothwell of Pennington Quality Market. As Chair of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance for the last 11 years, Heidi has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the Hopewell Valley community and specifically, to youth. She has volunteered countless hours with HVRSD schools and has been active in many community efforts and committees including, the YMCA’s Pennington 5K Race, Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play, Underage Drinking Town Hall Meetings, the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County and Generation Connection. Heidi also serves on the board of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and was a driving force behind the amazing Hopewell Valley Stampede.

The YMCA will also be honoring Dawn Blauth of Pennington Bagel with the Community Leadership Award for her continued support of the Hopewell Valley YMCA and other local organizations.  Pennington Bagel generously donates delicious breakfast items to the Pennington 5K and other school and community events throughout the year and has become a favorite community business among locals.

The event will take place on April 28, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm and will feature a cocktail reception with fiesta flare.  Stationed and passed hors d’hoeuvres will be provided by Emily’s Café and Catering. Proceeds from the event support the Hopewell Valley YMCA’s Annual Campaign which provides financial assistance to families for critical before and after school programming, summer camp and youth sports and allows the YMCA to offer free Mental Health First Aid classes to the community, Special Olympics programming, and a free teen center for Hopewell Valley teens.  Tickets are available to the public at hvymca.org or by calling 609-737-3048.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

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