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Fill the Y 2017

All proceeds from our fundraising events remain in the community and support our mission of improving the quality of life for the people of Grey and Bruce. Participate. Have fun. Make a difference!

Fill the Y: 2018 Date To Be Announced!

Fill the Y with fun, laughter, teamwork, compassion, potential, opportunity  

Below is information on what we did in 2017:

How does it Work?
How do I Register?
What's that about Pledges?
Can I see the Event Schedule?
Tell me more about the Prizes...

Why are we fundraising?

To make sure everyone in our community can participate in YMCA programs and services.  

Each year we must raise approximately $75,000 to meet the local need for subsidized memberships and make sure cost isn’t a barrier for anyone trying to access our Y.   

Annually we help about 800 individuals or families.  We are close to our goal and have raised over $55,000 already!  

Can you help us assist those last 200 people? 

What do I do?

Get four teammates and challenge another team in our Tug of Oar event! 

All ages and abilities are invited to take part in this fundraising event. (see Youth Welcome, below)

Sign in for Tug of Oar, the team event, begins at 3:45 PM.  The first "face-off" will be at 4:30 PM in our Lane Pool.  

Staff and volunteers recently tested this in our pool >> Click here to check out a video showing you what Tug of Oar will be like.

A celebration will be held in our gymnasium from 3:45 – 4:30 PM, as teams begin arriving to sign in.  Everyone can bond over our snack table, have an opportunity to win prizes, and help honour our top fundraisers. Each person will receive a prize ticket when they register and get an extra ticket for every $20 raised in pledges.  You can use the prize tickets to enter yourself in draws for the prizes you want.

One of our favorite local stations, Mix 106 will also be on hand at the event to keep your energy up!  






How do I register & how much is it?

Registration is FREE.  

Register through YMCA Membership Services via phone at 519.376.0484 or in person at the YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility (700 10th Street E.).  Challenges will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  

Tug of Oar participants need to pick a name and choose a team captain, who will register the team as a whole.  Don't have a team?  Our Y will act as a ‘matchmaker’ if necessary and help connect people who want to join in but don't have a full team of five yet.

Everyone will receive a registration package with detailed information about the event, participation and photo waivers, a pledge form, fundraising tips and a ticket for our prize draw. 

Please challenge others to participate: if they give your name (or team name) at time of registration, you’ll get an extra ticket for the prize draw.

Youth welcome!  
Parents who have registered their children are asked to participate directly alongside them at our event.  Please consider maturity and ability level if registering youth under 16.

What’s that about pledges?

This fundraising event is pledge based: participants are encouraged to raise funds on behalf of the YMCA, which helps us assist people in need in your community on your behalf.

Teams are asked to collectively raise a minimum of $500 in pledges. $500 would allow us to subsidize membership for an entire family.  

We have plenty of fundraising support to offer you, including help setting up your own online fundraising page so you can easily share through social media or email friends and family about your challenge.  You are welcome to get creative: have your team throw a little bake sale and add the proceeds to your pledges, or challenge all of your friends and family to donate $5 and come watch you paddle it out in the pool.  You will be amazed at how fast it adds up! 

Set up your fundraising page >>

Event Day Schedule

3:45 - 4:30  Welcome party / Prize giveway / Team Challenge Sign In

  • Team Challenge participants are arriving, signing in, and welcomed at reception in gymnasium
  • Everyone can enjoy healthy snacks while we announce our top fundraisers and award them their prizes (highest fundraising team will be awarded following Tug of Oar Challenge).  All participants will have time to put their raffle tickets in for the prizes they want, and then those prize draws will take place (everyone receives one ticket with registration, then for every $20 raised in pledges you receive another at sign-in).
  • Teams warm up and get an overview of how the Tug of Oar event will play out.  Our volunteer “Team Wranglers” are introduced and the procedure for getting in and out of canoes, and cued when it is their turn, is explained.

4:30 – 5:30  Tug of Oar

Teams & spectators proceed to pool deck; spectators along change room wall – depending on numbers we may use part of the upstairs walking/running track as a viewing area. Teams queue up in leisure pool area and are escorted to the pool by their Team Wrangler when it’s their turn to compete. 

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Clothes you don't mind getting wet! 
  • Completed pledge form and all pledge money.  Teams should sign in together, bringing the collected pledges on behalf of the team to registration.  A record of any pledges collected online by you and/or team will be available at registration.
  • Bring your completed waiver forms to registration.
  • Your excitement, energy and enthusiasm!

Tell me more about the Prizes....

Prizes for this event are meant to be a big thank you to those community members who help us in our mission by coming out to participate!  We have worked hard to have special gifts for our top fundraising individuals and teams.  Everyone who takes part will also receive a ticket in their registration package. On the day of the event you can enter yourself in draws for any prize you want on our prize table!  For every $20 in pledges you raise, you'll receive another ticket when signing in at the event. 

This section will be updated as new prizes come in. 

THANK YOU to the wonderful community minded business owners who have already sponsored prizes:

Duclos Point Cottage - Sheila & Pat Massey (two night stay for our top fundraising team on lovely Lake Simcoe) 

Thorncrest Outfitters (guided Saugeen River day trip for our second-runner-up fundraising team)

Sightseeing Flight courtesy of Owen Sound Flight Services (20 minute sightseeing tour for our top individual fundraiser and a few friends)

Cobble Beach and Georgian Bay Club (golf foursomes for our second-runner-up individual fundraiser)

Summerfolk (two adult Saturday passes for our third-place highest fundraising individual)

Camp Presqu'ile hoodies (flaunt your bragging rights with matching cosy sweaters for the team that wins our Tug of War overall)

The Curry House (gift certificate)

The Bleeding Carrot (gift certificate)

Shorty's Bar & Grill (gift certificate)

The Owen Sound Farmers' Market (gift certificates, stickers and historic postcards) 

Caframo (unique JOI outdoor lights)

Temptations Hanover (geometric home decor items & elegant salt + pepper shakers)

Roxy Theatre (two tickets to an upcoming production)

Sears Owen Sound (Cuisinart programmable electric kettle)

Collins Barrow (unique lantern birdfeeder and plenty of seed to fill it)

Nathaniel's (gift certificate)

Owen Sound Attack (hat, team autographed stick, and ticket vouchers)

Transcontinental Graphics (details coming)

The European Bakery (gift basket)

The Milkmaid (gift basket)

Food Basics (providing healthy refreshments for our welcome party snack table)

Zehrs (providing healthy refreshments for our welcome party snack table)

Grandma Lambe's (providing healthy refreshments for our welcome party snack table and a delicious pie for our prize table)

PLUS a big thank you to ImageWraps, our print sponsor for the event!  ImageWraps printed the large sign on display in the north canoe in our hallway and is also a partner in our Inspired Sponsorship program, printing and installing the large banners you see displayed in our facility. 

Thank you to the team at Bayshore Broadcasting and Mix 106 for coming on board as radio sponsor and helping to make the event fun and full of energy!  Our Senior Manage-Oars team is looking forward to competing against the Bayshore team in the Tug of Oar challenge :) 

Thank you also to Will Allen of Georgian Bay Overlays for constructing the canoe stands that made it possible to display our freighter canoe in the lobby this winter!