The Grove City YMCA's seventh annual Boot Scootin' Benefit and Silent Auction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 10 at the YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive.

The Grove City YMCA's seventh annual Boot Scootin' Benefit and Silent Auction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 10 at the YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive.

Proceeds will go toward the YMCA's "People Helping People" campaign, which helps financially strained individuals pay for YMCA membership. Last year, 2,000 people received financial assistance through the program.

"This event is really all about that," associate executive director Mark Prohaska said.

The Western-themed family party costs $5 per person. Dinner will be provided by Longhorn Steakhouse. Events include a Western-wear contest, live country music, games, a mechanical bull, swimming and a petting zoo. Tickets will be available now through the day of the event at the Grove City YMCA.

Last year's benefit raised more than $10,000, Prohaska said. About 520 people attended; in prior years only about 300 attended.

"It was quite an increase," Prohaska said.

Last year's was the first event for which the ticket price included the event's dinner. This year's menu is yet to be decided; last year's dinner included a chicken sandwich or hot dog, a side dish, and chili or mashed potatoes. A la carte items will be available.

This year's auction will feature a 32-inch flat screen TV and boys' and girls' bicycles donated by Walmart. Meyers Jewelers provided gold earrings. Local restaurants and hotels provided free dinners and overnight stays. Local golf courses provided golf packages. Two passes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton also will be available.

"It's really about having a great time," Prohaska said.

The YMCA encourages all people to attend, Prohaska said. This year, the goal is to raise about $12,00. If they raise the same amount of money that they did last year, it will provide 20 to 25 percent of the total "People Helping People" funds.

"The need is still there in the community, and we're here to help meet that need," Prohaska said.