Fundraiser celebrates Team YC

John, Huston and Becky Nagy, with YC athletics coordinator Mackenzie Maglic. Huston, who is blind, and his mom, Becky, spoke to the crowd about the impact Youth Challenge has had on their lives.

With the Indians Opening Day and the Cavs Playoffs on the horizon, there was excitement in the air at Youth Challenge's annual benefit and auction on Saturday, April 8. Over 300 sports fans gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to “Party Like a Champion” and support YC.

Guests helped raise over $205,000 to fund free 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, many sporting Cavs, Indians and other team gear, enjoyed a fun evening with cocktails, themed food stations, silent auction and raffle. Framed photos created by YC participants and volunteers were on display and for sale. Thank you to all of the supporters who helped raise over $205,000 to fund the YC mission.

Steve Nock, president of The Nock and Son Co. and member of the YC board of advisors, was the honorary event chair. YC trustee Tom Fraser, president & CEO of First Federal Lakewood, and advisory board member Ernie Vargo, partner at BakerHostetler, were co-chairs of the event. Marcia Obrock of ShurTech Brands and Christy Svagerko of Ernst & Young served as auction co-chairs.

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Kathy Rigdon

is the Media Specialist for Youth Challenge in Westlake.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:56 AM, 04.18.2017