Cheers to 40 years!

Greer Gibbons, former teen volunteer and current YC trustee, and Joe D’Ambrosio got into the ‘70s theme of the April 16 fundraising event.

Leisure suits, go-go boots and miniskirts were spotted throughout the crowd of more than 300 supporters to help Youth Challenge celebrate turning the big 4-0. The Westlake non-profit’s annual benefit and auction “Celebrating 40 Years!” was held on April 16 at Ariel International Center in Cleveland.

Guests helped raise over $200,000 to fund adapted programs for children with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners. 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.

Partygoers enjoyed a fun, ‘70s-themed evening with cocktails, food stations, silent auction and vacation raffles. Tie-dye artwork created by YC participants and volunteers was on display and for sale. A special VIP champagne reception was held before the event for top sponsors.

Fred Koury was the honorary event chair. YC trustees Tom Fraser and Ernie Vargo were co-chairs of the event. Christy McGucken and Marcia Obrock served as auction co-chairs.

Kathy Rigdon

is the Media Specialist for Youth Challenge in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.03.2016