Brainerd Area News

Want To Have ‘The Voice’ Contestant Kat Perkins Sing At Your Cabin This Summer? You Can With The Virtual Y-Ball


Earlier this year, the Brainerd Family YMCA had to cancel their annual “Y-Ball” event, one of their biggest annual fundraising events. Un-daunted, the Y-Ball committee decided to put together a “virtual” Y-Ball, featuring Brainerd Family YMCA CEO Shane Riffle and a number of sponsors and supporters.

The event can be viewed on Facebook Live, Thursday May 28 from 8:00am to 8:30pm. There is also an online auction with an amazing collection of items and experiences. You can find links to the Facebook live event and the on-line auction on the Brainerd YMCA website at:

The online auction is filled with some pretty cool items like a larger-than-life statue of Captain Morgan, a camouflage toilet, and a custom fire pit. The experiences up for auction include a SeaWorld Grand-stay Vacation in Orlando in October, a stand-up paddle board adventure at the Cuyuna State Recreation Area with YMCA CEO Shane Riffle, a paddle board and yoga adventure on Gull Lake, a sailing charter on Leech Lake, and a guided kayak adventure at the Cuyuna State Recreation Area.

The auction items got even better this week when thanks to the generosity of Kristi Westbrock and Mike Bjerkness, they’ve have added a Kat Perkins Personal Curbside Concert! Kat Perkins, who appeared on NBC’s The Voice, has agreed to provide a Curbside Concert at your home, your cabin, or on your boat! The concert will be on June 20th, at 12:15. Wow!

Again, to find out more about these items, and to make a bid or a donation, go to