An interview with Patrick Painter on Saturday’s Village People Pub Crawl on Clematis

I know we just finished SunFest yesterday, but it’s time to start planning our next party & I have one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

This Saturday (May 9th) from 5 – 10 p.m the Young Friends of the Y (YFOY) will host a Village People Pub Crawl in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday, May 9 from 5 – 10 p.m. to support the YMCA of the Palm Beaches.

Musical Interlude, please stand by… (feel free to dance)

Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and drink specials at each stop, starting at LongBoards on Clematis Street and proceeding to Roxy’s, The Alchemist, Tin Fish, and Camelot. There will also be raffle prizes and additional surprises along the route. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. All ticket sales will directly benefit a new YMCA bus that transports kids daily to and from the YMCA of the Palm Beaches.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Clematis Street
West Palm Beach

Starting at Longboards at 5pm

To purchase tickets visit


Patrick Painter, who lives on Clematis Street is putting together this event – so I took some time to pick his brain about this event and his work with the Young Friends of the Y.

aGuyonClematis: We are all familiar with the YMCA, tell us a little about YFOY?

Patrick Painter: The Young Friends of the Y (YFOY) is a group of young professionals who seek to promote and advance the YMCA of the Palm Beaches and the community in which it serves through fundraising, service and creating awareness of the YMCA. We started YFOY primarily to spread the YMCA’s mission, but we also wanted to create opportunities for Palm Beach County young professionals to get out of the office and network in a fun atmosphere. Thus far, we have hosted several happy hours that have each drawn 75+ attendees and raised thousands of dollars for the YMCA. The YFOY “Village People Pub Crawl” will be our biggest event to date and planning the pub crawl has been a blast! We have a great team of inspired individuals who are all passionate about the YMCA and its mission.

aGuyonClematis: How is downtown connected to your mission?

Patrick Painter: We chose downtown WPB primarily because it is the heart of the Palm Beach County, but also because the YMCA hopes to open a downtown location within the next 5 years. This will be much easier if we can get downtown residents and visitors to share in our mission. It’s going to be a great event and we hope everyone will come out to join us!

aGuyonClematis: What motivates you to work with the YMCA?

Patrick Painter: I give back to our community because of how much it has given me. I have lived in Palm Beach County for nearly my entire life and I now live, work and play in Downtown WPB. Having had this opportunity, I believe it is vitally important to continue improving and strengthening our community for generations to come. One of the ways we can do this is by continuing to build a shared civic identity and sense of purpose within our community. To achieve this, we need to continue to build strong institutions that bring us together as a community. The YMCA of the Palm Beaches, which brings Palm Beach County residents from all backgrounds together to share a treasured asset, is just such an institution. That is, our “Y” helps make Palm Beach County the type of community we all want for our children and grandchildren.


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