It was 44 years ago when a local businessman agreed to help raise money for a new YMCA being built on Haverhill Street.
Enzo Fossella of Enzo’s of Andover, a longtime popular downtown men’s shop now located in Andover Village Square, said he strongly believed in the YMCA’s mission.
That was 1969 when the first fundraising team was formed.
Fast-forward to 2013 and Fossella is still raising money for the YMCA in Andover — specifically its $21 million addition expected to be completed in 2015 — and his support for the organization remains as strong as ever.
“I go way back when I raised money for them. I like the Y because they do so much for all ages, all people. This world needs that,” Fossella said.
On Saturday night, April 27, the Merrimack Valley YMCA will be honored by the Service Club of Andover as the recipient of its Make a Difference Award. Fossella is currently president of the Service Club, which he co-founded in the early 1990s as a vehicle to support programming for youth, especially those with emotional and physical disabilities.
The recognition happens at the Service Club’s annual charity gala and auction at Andover Country Club. The gala aims to raise awareness and money to support developmentally disabled youth and adults. This year, however, the club has decided to use all proceeds to support The One Fund for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The disabled population is near and dear to the hearts of Service Club members, who organize social events for individuals with special needs every year, including a popular Spring Dance, picnic in The Park and the Special Field Games, which it recently took over from the local Lucent Technologies. The Service Club has 44 members and meets the second Friday of every month at Andover Country Club.