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Take your chance to win the Lake County YMCA Dream Car

The Lake County YMCA is known around northeast Ohio for their annual Dream House fundraiser.  Known as a summer “hot list” event, the Lake County Y has invited tens of thousands of visitors to tour the house through the years.  

Current circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the nonprofit to find other ways to raise these funds that support their efforts to build a stronger community.  

“The pandemic has changed the way we have done everything.  From day-to-day operations to fundraising, we are continuously seeking new ways to engage with our members and community members,” says Kelly Penzenik, director of marketing and communications for the association.  “As I said last year, the safety of our staff, volunteers, members and donors come first.  Although we would have loved to open a Dream House in 2020 and 2021, it’s in the best interest of all that we work hard to come back from this and offer the Dream House when it’s safe and can be enjoyed by all.”   

The Y has dedicated teams working hard to take every precaution during this pandemic.  The teams are determined to continue the support of the Lake County community and are extremely grateful for all those who have helped serve this need.

One of those long-standing partners and friends includes The Chevy Network and Classic Chevrolet in Mentor.  The group has donated a 2021 Chevy Traverse LT AWD to the Lake County YMCA to help raise critical dollars needed to support the community. 

The 2021 Chevy Traverse LT AWD is valued at $43,000.  Along with the car, the lucky winner will also receive everything needed for some summer fun.  The package includes a weekend trip to The Barn Inn B&B, two mountain bikes with car rack and helmets and $100 gas card.  The overall value of the top prize is $44,400.  The YMCA is hopeful to raise $300,000 through online ticket sales.  All proceeds will go right back into supporting Lake County’s most vulnerable residents.  

“The Lake County YMCA is one of the area’s largest nonprofits working to better our community and we value the support of The Chevy Network and Classic Chevrolet during this time of crisis,” said YMCA CEO, Dick Bennett.  “These two organizations have supported us for many years and truly understand the impact we make together in the communities we serve.”

All ticket purchases will be made online to encourage social distancing.  Tickets for the 2021 Dream Car are on sale through July 4, 2021.  You will be able to purchase your tickets and take a virtual tour of the car at   

Tickets can be purchased by phone starting June 1, 2021 by calling (440) 354-5656 x132 (Monday – Friday: 10am – 3pm).  Other ticket packages are available as well. 

Important dates:
July 4, 2021 – Last day of ticket sales
July 7, 2021 – 10 semi-finalist drawing
July 11, 2021 – Finalist is determined

Ticket packages are as follows:
1 Ticket = $10  •  3 Tickets = $25
7 Tickets = $50  •  15 Tickets = $100
Bonus Buy (*only $5 each) 40 Tickets = $200

“The Y is so much more than fitness centers and gyms, pools and locker rooms; we are a cause! Dedicated to strengthening and protecting the spirits, minds, and bodies of our friends and communities,” said Bennett.