Record amount raised for Youth Challenge

Chris Carney, president of the YC board of trustees; Maggie Assenmacher; former Indians pitcher Paul Assenmacher; and Auction Committee member Mike Zablotney at the Youth Challenge “Party Like a Champion” event.

With the Indians off to a strong start and the Cavs playoffs on the horizon, there was excitement in the air at the Youth Challenge Annual Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 14. Around 250 sports fans gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to “Party Like a Champion” and support YC.

Guests helped raise over $220,000 – an all-time high – to fund the free adapted programs and transportation 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, food stations by Italian Creations, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Special guest, former Indians pitcher Paul Assenmacher entertained the crowd with stories of his notable career with the Tribe. Traci Tigue, the MC for the evening, encouraged the crowd to donate to YC’s transportation program to help keep the rides free for participants.

Jeanne and Owen Gallagher, parents of a YC participant, were the Honorary Event Chairs. YC trustee Lori Coticchia and advisory board member Ernie Vargo were co-chairs of the event. YC trustee Marcia Obrock and advisory board member Christy Svagerko 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 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.01.2018