The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA proudly presents the 22nd Annual Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Gary E. Biszantz Family Gymnasium. This important gala fundraiser and community holiday tradition will strive to raise $100,000 for the YMCA’s Financial Assistance and Community Connections partnerships to ensure all children, families and seniors in our community have access to enriching programs, regardless of economic standing or background. Last year, nearly 3,000 scholarships were given to those who need the Y most, in addition to partnering with six agencies to give summer camp experiences to hundreds of children dealing with poverty, abuse or neglect.

This year’s event will honor the generous Biszantz Family for their long history of support for the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. The event will also feature guest speaker, Derek Thomas, who grew up as a Y kid and became a teen camp counselor later surviving a near death accident in 2010 near Bishop, CA. The event will also include a festive cocktail hour, fine dining by Roppongi Catering, dancing and entertainment by Atomic Groove, enthusiastic auction bidding and an array of beautiful poinsettia plants.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 760-942-9622, ext. 1014.