'Party in Paradise' raises funds for Youth Challenge
Cleveland isn't known for its tropical climate in the spring, but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming at the Youth Challenge Annual Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 13. Close to 300 guests gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to "Party in Paradise" and support YC.
Guests decked out in leis and Hawaiian garb, enjoyed a fun evening with cocktails, live steel drum music, delicious food, fabulous silent auction items, and a Hawaiian vacation raffle.
Supporters helped raise close to $200,000 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 unique abilities.
Youth Challenge Advisory Board member Ernie Vargo was the Honorary Event Chair. Event co-chairs were YC trustees Dr. Chris Hardesty and Justin Thomas. YC trustee Marcia Obrock and Mike Zablotney served as Auction Co-Chairs.
For more information, visit youthchallengesports.com.
is the Media Specialist for Youth Challenge in Westlake.