Project Gratitude: Mosaic of Messages


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The Princeton Family YMCA is excited to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving with a unique and inspiring fundraising effort, kicking off on October 19.   In lieu of our annual Centennial Awards, which we host annually at this time of year, our goal is to raise $80,000 to support our many critical programs during the pandemic.

The fundraiser and installation builds on the YMCA’s first Project Gratitude, which was launched in April 2020 to show gratitude for essential workers by collecting and displaying artwork from youth in the community. As the pandemic continues, Project Gratitude: Mosaic of Messages focuses on raising critical funds to sustain the Princeton Family YMCA through the coming months and highlighting messages of gratitude to inspire unity, happiness, health and hope.

The signs will be installed along Paul Robeson Place on the Princeton Family YMCA’s fence in a mosaic format in time for the Thanksgiving holiday – which takes place on November 26 this year – and will be exhibited through February 2021.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Princeton Family YMCA’s continued efforts to assist neighbors with food security, virtual learning, and physical and mental health resources. The funds ensure that the Princeton Family YMCA can continue to deliver safe and healthy activities during the crisis and sustain its many programs that connect and strengthen the community.

36`` x 36``


  • 30 character limit Includes custom design, company logo, and personalized message.

18`` x 18``


  • 15 character limit Includes standard design and personalized message

18`` x 36``


  • 20 character limit Includes custom design and personalized message

9`` x 9``


  • 10 character limit Includes standard design and personalized message


Anna Mazarakis, Communications


Please send your check, payable to Princeton Family YMCA, along with your completed form to:

YMCA Project Gratitude

Attn: Diane Blackburn

59 Paul Robeson Place

Princeton, NJ  08540



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