Youth Challenge benefits from generosity

Youth Challenge founder and Executive Director Mary Sue Tanis and board of trustees President Ernie Vargo.


Close to 400 generous guests helped raise almost $200,000 for Youth Challenge at their “Gallery Gala” annual benefit and auction on April 14 at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. The money raised will fund adapted programs for children with physical disabilities. This support allows Youth Challenge to reach hundreds of children in the Greater Cleveland community, providing them with opportunities to play sports, make friends, and embrace their own unique abilities.

Guests enjoyed a fun evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, and a Louis Vuitton handbag raffle while supporting Youth Challenge. In addition, attendees were treated to a gallery of artwork created by YC participants and volunteers.

Fred Koury, president and CEO of Smart Business Network, was the honorary event chair. Youth Challenge trustees Steve Nock, president of The Nock and Son Company and Justin Thomas, director of transaction services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, were co-chairs of the event. Christy McGucken of Ernst & Young and Marcia Obrock of ShurTech Brands served as auction co-chairs for the “Gallery Gala.”

Kathy Rigdon

is the Media Specialist for Youth Challenge in Westlake.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.13.2014