Y Dance: Raising $100k to Celebrate 100 Ironman Races

386 kilometres of swimming. 18,025 kilometres of biking. And 4,220 kilometres of running.

When Elizabeth Model, CEO of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA), completes her 100th ironman competition later this year, this is the total distance she’ll have gone to do so.

With Model closing in on this milestone, she and the DSBIA have another big goal in mind: trying to raise $100,000 for the new YMCA to be built in Downtown Surrey.

As part of the fundraising efforts, the DSBIA is holding the first-ever Y Dance event from 11am-2pm at the Civic Plaza on Monday, July 29, where all proceeds will go towards the new recreation centre. The dance is an event that, according to DSBIA manager Bonnie Burnside, carries meaning with regards to where the money is going.

“The YMCA represents activity,” she outlined. “Elizabeth has showed, with close to 100 ironman races under her belt, how rewarding it is to be active – that’s why we’re having a dance,” she explained.

The inspiration for this particular event came from young girls Chloe, Ryley, Aubrey, and Sienna, who have raised money for organizations such as the Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau in the past.

“The girls love to dance,” Burnside said. “What better way to raise money for a new recreation centre than to move around and have fun?”

The Y Dance will feature a live DJ, a silent auction, and will be a great place for kids to bring their friends for a fun time. If you’re in the area on Monday July 29, come and trade your running shoes for your dancing shoes and start your week off on the right note!