Highlights from the Annual Benefit & Auction

In no uncertain terms… the YC community ROCKS! We are incredibly grateful to all the folks who helped make the 2021 Annual Benefit & Auction a cymbal-smashing success!

On May 15, 2021, YC held our second virtual Benefit, YC Rocks! Volume 2. From the home-delivered catering to the fast and furious silent auction bidding and all the way to the engaging livestream, the event was truly a rockin’ good time.

The afternoon started with fresh, delicious meals from Italian Creations and delectable charcuterie boards from Sweet Brie Co. loading onto YC vans to head out to folks anxiously awaiting to DIG IN! Included with each meal were a bottle of wine and a token of appreciation from YC in the form of a cookie, made by the talented Sister Project Co.! Dozens of event attendees also stopped by YC to pick up their meals to enjoy at home.

Then, the YC crew snapped into motion to put on an entertaining live show for all our guests at home. With rock n’ roll in mind, special guests including Trustee Sara Steimle, Board Interns Bre Sprenger and Sophia Needham, and YC program staff joined YC CEO Chris Garr in the gym to showcase Youth Challenge. You can watch the full livestream at www.YouthChallengeSports.com/Livestream, but here are the highlights:

  • Chris Garr wore three different and fantastic wigs.
  • Bre and Sara shared how impactful YC has been on their lives and encouraged folks to donate to YC’s $25,000 Fund-a-Need match. More than $26,000 was raised!
  • We sold out the $10,000 Cash Raffle and drew our two winners (Congrats Heidi Taylor and Aubrey Christ)!
  • We had a special cameo from a future YC volunteer (Baby Liam Cooney).
  • We had a GREAT TIME!

While our second virtual Benefit wasn’t quite as fun as seeing all of our community in person, we are still on cloud nine! Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community – and we mean incredible – more than $220,000 was raised to fund our mission. We are so grateful to each sponsor, donor, bidder, and raffle ticket purchaser!

We’re looking forward to 2022 when we can rock out yet again!