Battle of the Bartenders Highlight

On Friday, August 12, as the sunset gleamed along the lake and the last of the daytime beach goers packed up their blankets, a party was still raging at the Edgewater Beach House! Youth Challenge alumni, Board, Staff, young professionals, and generous supporters came together for one of our favorite parties of the year – Battle of the Bartenders! 

That evening, Team Board, Team Staff, and Team YP4YC went head-to-head-to-head behind the bar, slinging drinks for guests’ tips! The goal – score the most money for YC and be crowned the Battle of the Bartenders CHAMPS! 

The competition was tight this year. Team Board showed early promise with a large swath of donations on Facebook Fundraisers. However, once the competition hit the beach, the YPs took off running. Bringing in a total of $2,000 in donations, Team YP4YC was crowned the champs for the first time in this event’s history!  

In all, more than $5,000 was raised for YC, including more than $4,000 in tips. Guests also participated in the 50/50 and Bourbon Barrel raffles and were able to purchase some new, cool YC swag (Didn’t get yours? Order now at

Overall, Friday, August 12 was a fantastic event that brought together so many groups of people for an incredible cause – providing adapted sports and recreation for hundreds of young people with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners. YC is incredibly grateful to everyone who made it to the Beach House to enjoy delicious cocktails, yummy food, and beautiful weather. 

Lastly, we must thank the Cleveland Metroparks for lending us this beautiful space! The Emerald Necklace is such a gift to Cleveland, and YC is grateful to be able to take advantage of so many cool spaces in Cleveland. 

We hope to see you next August when we’ll be back at the Beach House battling it out once again!