Posted on: Friday, January 25, 2019

PEABODY — Thanks to the Patriots (again) and the YMCA of Metro North and its Peabody, Lynn, Saugus, Melrose and Stoneham branch locations, local residents will benefit from the funds raised from their recent Super Bowl Raffle. Bruce Macdonald, President and CEO notes, “this is the 10th time we have done this raffle and each time it is more popular. We are grateful to TB12 for allowing us to raise over $200,000 from the past 10 raffles for our annual fund scholarship”.

To raise funds, the YMCA quickly organized a raffle within minutes of the Patriots AFC Championship win. Raffle chances were $100 each with a maximum of 350 chances. They sold out in less than two days. The winner would receive two tickets to Super Bowl LIII, round trip airline tickets, three-night hotel stay and airport and game day ground transfers.

This opportunity to raise funds benefits the local communities by allowing the YMCA to offer much needed programs such as LiveSTRONG at the Y where local cancer survivors can participate for free in their 12 week program to strengthen both body and mind after cancer treatments. Other programs where local residents benefit are Healthy Weight & Your Child, Enhance Program where older adults with chronic disease can exercise in a safe environment with trained YMCA staff. The Super Bowl raffle will also help fund membership scholarships for individuals and families that allow them a safe and caring place to belong, grow and thrive regardless of financial ability.

The winner of the Super Bowl was announced live on Facebook January 23 at 4 p.m. at the Torigian Peabody YMCA. The lucky winner was Peter Simonsen of Beverly. Mr. Simonsen is active in numerous non-profit organizations that are doing great work in his community.

The YMCA is grateful to everyone who participated in the raffle, allowing them to continue their much needed programs in the community. YMCA of Metro North provided over $1 million in assistance annually to the children, adults and families that need it most in their communities.