Ketchum-Downtown YMCA’s 21st Annual YMCA Stair Climb For Los Angeles Rose to New Heights

On Friday, September 19, 2014, approximately 3,500 individuals, including Actor Jerry O’Connell, Elite Stair Climbers from around the country, High Rise Heroes and folks of all ages and abilities, raced or walked up the 1,664 steps of the U.S. Bank Tower for the 21st Annual YMCA Stair Climb for Los Angeles presented by Keck Medicine of USC. 

This is our Ketchum-Downtown YMCA’s single largest fundraiser, and the all-day event successfully reached its fundraising goal of $675,000.  That money directly funds many important Y programs and services including summer camp, childcare, free health screenings and membership subsidies.

“Stair Climb For Los Angeles is one of those special events that unites the community while delivering a challenging and fun experience for everyone,” said Laurie Goganzer, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of the Ketchum-Downtown, Hollywood Wilshire and Anderson Munger Family YMCA branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.  “More than 250,000 people reside within a two-mile radius of our Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, so Stair Climb For Los Angeles is a vital fundraiser that enables us to continuously support these individuals and families.  We’re so grateful to everyone who participated and helped raise money and awareness for our Y.”

The day began with 38 Elite Stair Climbers racing up the U.S. Bank Tower, and 46-year-old Chris Whitney came in first place at 10 minutes and 18 seconds.  Thousands of other Angelenos also made the climb and enjoyed the Stair Climb Block Party, which had live music, food trucks, a bungee trampoline, a rock climbing wall, interactive booths and a beer garden.

Located at 4th and Hope streets on Bunker Hill, our Ketchum-Downtown Y serves nearly 2,000 youth, families and seniors each year with vital community programs including a Preschool, an After-School Program, a School-Based Y, a teen leadership program, Youth & Government, Summer Resident Camp, and the Youth & Family Health Initiative.

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