On March 16, the competition was heating up! Not yet on the NCAA Basketball court, but on Zoom during Brats, Beer & Brackets! That evening, basketball fans and YC friends came together for a virtual version of our beloved NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament team auction.
The event, typically held in YC’s gym, took place via Zoom for the first – and hopefully last – time. After having the tournament cancelled in 2020, coming together in the name of basketball was a welcome change! Plus, we got in some of the beer and brat action.
More than 100 people enjoyed delicious brats, beers, and sides at home, courtesy of the fabulous team at Italian Creations! YC vans rolled out across the Cleveland area packed with delicious meals, while some YC friends stopped by the Westlake office to get their food, and a smile and greeting from Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC) volunteers. The fan-favorite? The baked gruyere mac n’ cheese.
After the brats were polished off and the beer was still flowing, event attendees logged on for a fun auction of the teams! Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions joined YC from her home in Arlington, VA to conduct the auction. Over the next couple of hours, LOADS of fun ensued. From Zoom chat smack talk to more than $5,000 in donations made during the Fund-a-Need program, there was something for everyone during the event. Attendees heard from YC Alumni Sean Walker and Will Gallup, as well as YC athlete Huston Nagy. Plus, there’s more than $10,000 up for grabs during the tournament for those who purchased 50/50 sideboards and auction teams.
While the tournament winner hasn’t been decided yet, YC was the real winner in this event, with more than $13,000 raised to support programs, including purchasing two brand new basketball wheelchairs! YC is incredibly grateful to everyone who enjoyed the event with us. We can’t wait to be back in the gym for a live auction in 2022!