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Rock at The Y benefit concert returns to the Riverbrook Regional YMCA

Looking to attend a festival-style event while benefiting a good cause? End your summer on a high note at the Riverbrook Regional YMCAs second annual Rock at The Y.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Wilton Family Ys parking lot will be transformed into a miniature music festival, complete with food trucks, beverage distributors, and a main stage for the main event: The Tom Petty Project.

The benefit concert was first organized in 2021. It raised nearly $100,000 to make the Y more accessible to all patrons regardless of financial status.

A lot of people tend to forget were a nonprofit, so the funds raised go towards camperships, our SWIMACCESS program, and financial aid,” Chief Development Officer Jarred Barnes said. Cost is a barrier for some, and this is a neat way for the Y to benefit our greater community while having a great time.”

The dollars raised through Rock at The Y support the following initiatives: Riverbrooks Financial Assistance Program, SWIMACCESS (free, life-saving swim lessons for children who dont know how to swim), and Summer Camp Assistance for Camp Gordyland in Wilton, Camp Sunrise, and Race4Chase Youth Triathlon camps in Norwalk.

More than 200 people attended the event in its inaugural year; Barnes estimates that more than 300 people will pack the Ys parking lot this September. It promises to be an evening of food, fun, and fellowship, he said.

In addition to enjoying a rocking performance by The Tom Petty Project, guests will be able to sample food and drinks from a variety of local vendors. The Chamo, Chef Jeffs BBQ, Parlor Pizza, and Gofer Ice Cream will have good eats available for purchase. Beverage sponsors include SoNo Brewing Company, Tuck Gin, Aventine Hill wines, and SoNo 1420.

In-kind sponsors will have tables set up for informational purposes, and guests can try their luck at raffle opportunities from Outdoor Sports Center. Sharc Creative’s Fairfield County Talk Radio will also be on site to capture all the action.

Barnes said Rock at The Y is a shining example of the fact that Riverbrook is much more than a gym and swim.” Guests will not only see an exciting concert, but also all the amenities the Y has to offer — much of the 20-plus-acre grounds are secluded off Route 7.

This event brings in people who are not coming in with a membership or for a swim or gymnastics meet, and shows off the facility and what we have in our backyard,” he added. It allows us to live our pillars of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.”

The second annual Rock at The Y benefit concert takes place at the Y (404 Danbury Road, Wilton) on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event opens to VIPs at 5:30 p.m.; general admission ticket holders are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. The Tom Petty Project hits the stage at 7 p.m.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now for $65; prices increase to $75 on Aug. 1. To purchase tickets or become an event sponsor, visit www.eventcreate.com/e/raty2022.

The preceding content is a paid advertisement for the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.