At the Mattoon Area Family YMCA and Neal Center YMCA, our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across our community. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, we ensure that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.


The Mattoon Area Family YMCA is committee to helping ALL people realize their fullest potential. We serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and incomes. In order to make our services and programs available to all people, we provide scholarships through our Membership for All initiative. All Y members receive the same membership benefits regardless of whether or not they are receiving assistance. In 2019, we provided over $346,000 in scholarships to local families. All of the funds raised during May Merriment support Membership for All- ensuring that your friends and neighbors have access to opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

During our annual campaign, we ask our community members to prayerfully consider how they might support the Y in the year ahead. For some, that means sponsoring an athletic team or adding a banner featuring their business name to our gym. Others enjoy supporting the Y through a monthly gift or sponsorship of a specific annual event. We make only one annual request of our community to help us plan and grow in the year ahead.

May Merriment celebrates the end of our annual campaign. The May Merriment Benefit includes silent and live auctions with the most exciting and unique packages in the region, incredible food from a variety of local vendors, great drinks, and amazing music.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Mattoon Area Family YMCA through May Merriment, or you would like to purchase a table to the Benefit, contact Angela, Mattoon YMCA Marketing Director and May Merriment Coordinator, at (217) 234-9494 or

2020 Event Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 per person (tables of 8, 10 & 12 available)
For reservations, or to view this year’s auction items, click HERE.