Virtual event

Metro Washington YMCA Hosts Party With Purpose, Virtual Event November 17

The annual YMCA Turkey Hunt is one of the area’s most popular events

Participants in Turkey’s pursuit

Celebrating 40 Years of the Y’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase Turkey Chase Charity Race

The Turkey Hunt is such a huge success and has raised much needed funds for the Y so we can serve our communities.

— Angie Reese-Hawkins, President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, Oct. 19, 2022 / — This year, the Washington Metropolitan YMCA’s Turkey Chase fundraiser turns 40 and the Y celebrates its anniversary with an online event “Party with a Purpose” on Thursday November 17 from 7-8pm EST.

Attendees will enjoy the excitement and meet the leaders and runners who have made the event an annual community tradition. They will also learn how Montgomery County’s largest race raised more than $8.5 million while transforming the lives of youth, families and seniors in need. The event also includes an auction where viewers can bid on arts, entertainment, sports, wine and YMCA membership packages.

“We are thrilled to host this online celebration,” said Angie Reese-Hawkins, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “The Turkey Hunt is such a huge success and has raised much needed funds for the Y so we can serve our communities.

Presenters include City of Somerset, Maryland Mayor Jeffrey Slavin and Montgomery County former First Lady Catherine Leggett, wife of former Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. Catherine is a life member of the board of Montgomery Hospice, a member of the board of directors of Strathmore Music Center, Imagination Stage and the advisory board of AFI in Silver Spring.

“As co-organizers of the virtual event, it is an honor and a responsibility to partner with non-profit organizations like the YMCA who believe in the importance of ensuring everyone has access to services to improve their lives,” said the Honorable Jeffrey Slavin.

Slavin and Leggett are long-time participants and philanthropists who have helped raise funds and awareness of the impact of Y services on the community. In an effort to provide more service, this year Slavin and Leggett are co-hosting this free virtual fundraiser a week before the Turkey Chase Charity Run to honor and celebrate the founders, runners, business community and families of Turkey Chase who benefited from equity and access to Y programs.

The virtual event is an inside look, a recognition and a celebration. To register for the free event, go to Party with a Purpose. Registrants will receive a special Zoom link so they can join and support the festivities on November 17.

For more information about the YMCA of the Washington Metropolitan Area, visit

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About the YMCA of the Washington Metropolitan Area
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that serves communities and families in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia in the areas of youth development, a mode healthy living and social responsibility for almost 170 years. With opportunities in wellness, water sports, youth sports, summer camps, childcare and more, the Y engages more than 250,000 individuals and families. Visit for more information.

Vicki Bendure
Bend Communications
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