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Save the Date for YMCA of Cape Breton’s first annual Battle of the Brains Event presented by SYDCO Energy!

Do you and your team have what it takes to become Cape Breton’s first “Battle of the Brains Campions?” Join corporate, community and neighbourhood teams for this first-annual fundraising evening of team trivia, great food and fun on Saturday, November 4, 2023. This brain-teasing trivia event, presented by SYDCO Energy, will raise funds to support the YMCA of Cape Breton’s vision of thriving communities where everyone can shine and feel they belong. This event (19+) will be held in the gymnasium at the Frank Rudderham Family YMCA – 399 Charlotte Street, Sydney.

More about the event:

Teams of 4-6 players will compete in 10 rounds of trivia, with 10 questions per round. Answers will be verified by judges and the team with the most point will become be crowned the Battle of the Brains champions. Think large scale, pub-style trivia!

The cost is $600 per team (or take advantage of our corporate two for $1,000). Optional: teams may choose to fundraise their admission fee through pledges from family, friends, coworkers, etc. – please contact if your team will be choosing this option.

The questions won’t be easy – but our judges will take bribes! You will have an opportunity to “bribe” the judges. The night of the event, simply purchase 1 bribe for $20 or 3 for $50 (each bribe equals 1 point). 1 point could separate from YOUR TEAM from the rest – so make sure you have a bribe or three in your back pocket!

We’re excited to bring this event to Cape Breton from our friends at the YMCA of Greater Moncton, who have been hosting this event for over 20 years!

To register: download the registration form here and submit to

Questions? To learn more, or if your business would like to sponsor our first annual Battle of the Brains event, connect with Jeff MacNeil, Manager of Fund Development at or call 902-919-7968.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, SYDCO Energy:

Strong Kids Annual Campaign

The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign raises funds to improve and enrich the lives of children, adults, seniors and families throughout Cape Breton.

Thanks to the generous gifts from donors like you, many people who face financial barriers can access the YMCAs services, such as: YMCA memberships, health and wellness programs and child and youth programs.

Everyone belongs at the Y!
We hope that you will join us in reducing barriers to access by donating today.

Other Opportunities to Give

We aim to provide safe, accessible community spaces where everyone belongs. You may also choose to direct your gift to an area such as YMCA capital improvements. These major projects ensure that the YMCA facilities and assets remain relevant, sustainable, and environmentally friendly as we serve our community today and for generations to come.

The YMCA hosts multiple fundraising events throughout the year. Past events include YMCA Monte Carlo, Y Lotto Toonie Draw and Spring Into Motion. We’re working on our event plans for 2023 and invite you to check back early next year for an update on our fundraising events.

If your group or organization would like to host a fundraiser, where proceeds or a portion of the proceeds are donated to the YMCA – connect with Jeff MacNeil, Manager of Fund Development: or 902-919-7968

Leave a legacy to the YMCA of Cape Breton and your gift will have impact for future generations.

Bequests: Consider leaving a bequest to the YMCA of Cape Breton, as part of your will and estate planning. Most lawyers require the charity name and charitable registration number: YMCA of Cape Breton – Charitable Registration Number: 107434201 RR 0001

An official receipt, for income tax purposes, will be sent to your estate when the bequest is received.

If you’re planning to leave a legacy gift – please let us know by contacting Jeff MacNeil, Director of Fund Development at

Our Supporters

Thank you to the individuals, groups and organizations that support our YMCA!