It’s a GALA countdown!


There’s a reason for everyone to attend our Gala on Thursday, May 14th.

5. The GALA is a Zero Waste event! 

With reusable dishes and silverware, recycling of programs and posters and composting of any delicious food not immediately devoured, It’s a Gorgeous night of fun, with a teeny, tiny footprint.

4.  A delectable silent auction.

Escape to Montauk or the coast of Italy, talk shop with acclaimed chefs and film critics, go backstage at a Jones Beach concert, tour the New York Times offices or the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute… PLUS a selection of sports tickets and dining, culture and entertainment items from Hyatt, Joanna Vargas Salon, Live! with Kelly and Michael, One Five Hospitality, STK, the 14th Street Y and much more. Take a look, be inspired and bid away!

3.  A chance to shine!

the 14th Street Y dresses up almost as beautifully as you do. Our theater will bring the breezy warm late spring weather indoors, with a sophisticated atmosphere perfect for music from DJ Rabbi Darkside, delicious food, performances and the great company of people just like you.

Gorgeous people dance to DJ Rabbi Darkside.
Gorgeous people dance to DJ Rabbi Darkside.

4.  Speaking of food…

Taboonette.  “The emphasis here is on fresh articulated flavors and ingredients from signature “Middleterranean” pallet, merging the kitchens of the Middle East and Mediterranean with some home-style recipes and love for hospitality.”

5.  Catie Lazarus.

Catie Lazarus and guests Robert Smigel, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mo Rocca, and Lady Rizo - Employee of The Month - The Bell House - September 18, 2013
CATIE LAZARUS– Comedian and host of popular podcast “Employee of the Month”

Catie Lazarus is a writer, talk show host, and Artist-in-Residence at Joe’s Pub. Gothamist calls her “One of the Finest Live Talk Show Hosts in New York City,” and Lewis Black said she is, “more brilliant than she will ever know.”  Lazarus has  hosted multiple web series, some animated or starring puppets; and hosts her own weekly podcast and monthly live show Employee of the Month. She even scored Jon Stewart’s first interview after he announced he was leaving the Daily Show. And she’s OUR Master of Ceremonies. You won’t want to miss it!

We haven’t even mentioned the best reason of all.  Attending the Gala means supporting everything you love about the Y. Every fitness, arts, early childhood, preschool, basketball, swim or camp program is made better by your support!

Get your tickets today!

The 14th Street Y 2014 Gala Auction is now open!


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Top Items

2 Tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
A Rooftop with a View: Private Party Rental on the 4th of July
Private Masters Swim Lesson with 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krayzelburg

The auction will close on June 10th at 8pm.

The auction features one-of-a kind experiences, including a private behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Center, seats at the Tasting Table on the set of “The Chew”, and a private masters swim lesson with four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg.

Proceeds from the auction will support scholarships and financial aid for individuals and families in need, enrichment programs, and critical investments in infrastructure to allow the our community to play, explore and connect with each other for years to come.

So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!

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Before the Gala

At the Y, we’re known for health, wellness, education, art, community and fun.  You might even have attended a party here in the past, (though it was most likely for your 3-year-old neighbor).  Nevertheless, the Y is gearing up for the fanciest, most fabulous event we’ve had here in some time, and many of our members and staff are planning for this wonderful walk on our red carpet.  Here are a few reasons to join us at the Gala: FEAST- Tuesday May 21st at 7:30PM.

bettinaBETTINA- 14th Street Y Member

Bettina is fun.  Like, super-fun.  Like, “Planning a Ladies night for the rest of the Moms in the preschool class” kind of fun.  Normally, we get to see the fabulous Bettina in either workout clothes (that still look better than my regular work clothes) or cool casual  wear.  Even rushing around in the morning she looks great, so it will be especially fun to see what she looks like EXTRA fabulous.  This weekend she’s planned a shopping trip to find her gala-wear….so we don’t know exactly what it will be.  But we’re definitely taking pictures.


brooke BROOKE- 14th Street Y Member

Brooke is the person you kind of wish you were.  You know that woman with fabulous highlights who has twins and is gorgeous and is planning all the time, but is still so incredibly nice and generous?  That’s Brooke.  Brooke has her outfit planned.  Navy.  Tea length.  Pressed and ready to go.  She’ll class up the whole event all by herself.


photo (9) Me- I work here.

So, I heard that wearing a slight heel can make your legs appear longer and your whole body more slim!  I’m thinking about wearing these.  Despite the fact that I can’t walk and my toes numbed up in about 3 minutes, I think I’m headed in this direction.  Do I look thinner?  WHEEE!


4984See you at the GALA!  Click for more info and to purchase your tickets!


Camille Diamond is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications at the 14th Street Y.  At this year’s Gala, She’s most looking forward to eating food by Riverpark and trying not to annoy Rachel Dratch with her crazy fan talk.