CRYSTAL LAKE – Philanthropy, government, health care and finance are some of the topics that will be covered as part of Sage YMCA's new Out to Lunch series.
The monthly talks will not just give attendees a chance to hear the thoughts of area business and community leaders on topics with local impact, Executive Director Robyn Ostrem said. They'll also have a chance to network and development their leadership skills.
The program grew out of discussions on how to do the annual community breakfast common to YMCA locations across the country, Ostrem said. The thought was to hold programs more that once a year since the Y had a brand new facility.
The talks will kick off Friday with Vince Foglia, the chairman of Sage Products' Board of Directors.
Each event will run 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. the first Friday of each month, except January, through June, at the Sage YMCA, 701 Manor Drive, Crystal Lake.
The McHenry County YMCA was renamed the Sage YMCA after a March 2011 gift from the Foglia family, which enabled the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago to assume management of the location.
Foglia will speak about the history and growth of Cary-based Sage Products and the role philanthropy plays for the his family.
He will be followed in subsequent months by Michael Eesley, the CEO of Centegra Health System; the Rev. George Rassas, the auxiliary bishop of Chicago; Community High School District 155 Superintendent Johnnie Thomas; Phil Eaton, president and CEO of Rosecrance Health Network; and Ed Wehmer, the chairman of Wintrust Bank.
Invitations have also been sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner and Lou Manfredini, the host of HouseSmarts TV and WGN Radio's Mr. Fix It show, but confirmations have not been received.