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YMCA of Greater Providence Annual ‘Y Heroes’ Event

YMCA of Greater Providence Annual ‘Y Heroes’ Event Returns In-Person at the RI Convention Center on May 10th

Tickets On Sale Now for Community Organization’s Largest Fundraiser

Providence, RI – April 18, 2022 – The YMCA of Greater Providence (GPYMCA) is pleased to announce the return of its annual “Y Heroes” fundraising event, the first in-person celebration since 2019, on Tuesday, May 10th at 12:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  T

he program’s fifth event will be emceed by GPYMCA Board Member and award-winning journalist Mike Montecalvo.  For tickets and sponsorship information, please visit  For those who would prefer to enjoy the event virtually, a live stream will be available at

“After a long two years, we are thrilled to be able to gather in-person to celebrate some of the most generous and philanthropic members of our Y community,” said Steven O’Donnell, CEO, YMCA of Greater Providence.  “Each of this year’s heroes has impacted the YMCA of Greater Providence in their own way, whether through time, talent, or treasure, and we are honored to have their support.” 

The 2022 “Y Heroes” who will be recognized are:

  • Congressman Jim Langevin
  • Barbara Papitto, Founder of The Papitto Opportunity Connection
  • Malcolm Chace, Managing Partner, Canton Hathaway, LLC
  • Ed Cooley, Head Coach, Providence College Men’s Basketball 
  • George Ortiz, Co-Founder, The Elisha Project
  • YMCA of Greater Providence Staff 

Sponsorships of the “Y Heroes” celebration will support branches throughout the Association to further the GPYMCA’s mission: to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all through programs, services, and relationships based upon the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, as well as camp scholarships for children and families. For sponsorship information, please visit

About YMCA of Greater Providence

The YMCA of Greater Providence (GPYMCA) has proudly served the Rhode Island community for more than 165 years, providing programs and services that contribute to healthy spirits, minds, and bodies underscored by the organization’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

With each generation served, new challenges arise, and the GPYMCA has been there to meet them.  Most recently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the GPYMCA prioritized meeting the needs of the people where they were – outside the doors of its branches.  It used its vehicles to transport students to school; delivered meals to food insecure areas of Providence; provided technology, WiFi hotspots, and technical support to distance learners in need; hosted culinary programs for teens that focused on preparing healthy meals and provided them with the food to bring home; and launched an evening InMusic program to expose teens to high-end beat-making equipment and the variety of job opportunities available within the music industry.

Now, as a return to normal is on the horizon, the GPYMCA is refocusing on a return to the urban core of the City of Providence,  led by COO and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kobi Dennis, to ensure that the GPYMCA’s programs and services are accessible to all, especially the most vulnerable members of our community.  For more information and to support this effort, visit

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