(Buffalo, NY) - On Friday, December 23rd from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and the William-Emslie Family YMCA will host a Christmas party for children in the community. Christmas with Marcell Dareus provides 150 children and their families with a special holiday celebration.All attendees' ages 12 and under will receive a Christmas gift generously donated from Marcell.
"This is an annual event for me now and I'm happy to be giving back to Buffalo, a community I now consider my second home," said Dareus. "I remember growing up and we went to places like the YMCA to receive a Christmas gift too. I'm grateful for those who looked out for me and my siblings. Now I'm more than happy to make it possible for lots of other less fortunate kids in the city to experience the same joy. I know it makes a difference and brings a brighter Christmas for them too."
"This event gives us an opportunity to make the holidays memorable for children and families who are underserved in our community," said Danielle Roberts, William-Emslie Family YMCA Executive Director. "We look forward to hosting these families who otherwise would not be able to celebrate the Christmas holiday."
This family-friendly event includes a bounce house, music, holiday crafts, light refreshments and special appearances by members of the Buffalo Bills. The 2nd Annual Christmas Party with Marcell Dareus is made possible by YMCA Buffalo Niagara, along with partners Marcell Dareus and NORSTAR.
The William-Emslie YMCA (585 William Street) is also seeking day-of help for the event, say party organizers. "We appreciate the involvement of so many in our local community, especially our dedicated volunteers. If you would like to sign-up to work the event, please contact our branch at (716) 845-5440," added Roberts.
Locally founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community-based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA's focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is reflected in the variety of programs that are offered to all ages and abilities. Collaborations with insurance carriers such as Univera, Independent Health, and BlueCross BlueShield provide the opportunity for those seeking a healthier lifestyle to do so at the YMCA.
A not for profit organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves over 100,000 people annually through seven branches located throughout Western New York, as well as at over 40 community-based program sites. For more information please visit YMCABN.org.
Kelly Swanson, Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500
Geoffrey Falkner, YMCA BUFFALO NIAGARA: (716) 276-5983