Inaugural Illuminating Hope award presented to YC

Thank you to Community West Foundation for choosing Youth Challenge as the recipient of the inaugural David and Martha Hessler Illuminating Hope Award.  Mary Sue Tanis, Founder & Director of Planned Giving, accepted a gift of $10,000 and an award depicting a miniature replica of the Homeless Jesus sculpture.

William Oatey, Community West’s Chair of the Board and longtime supporter of YC, presented the award at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on September 11. “In over 40 years, we’ve had many amazing partnerships,” said Tanis. “No one in our history has fueled our fire at Youth Challenge as Community West has.”

The mission of Community West Foundation is to advance the health and well-being of our community.  The Illuminating Hope award will allow YC to continue to provide free programs and transportation to hundreds of young people with physical disabilities in Northeast Ohio for years to come.

“As a catalyst for ‘Illuminating Hope,’ Community West understands and supports YC’s commitment to serving children with disabilities,” said Chris Garr, CEO. “They’re helping to shepherd a vibrant culture of volunteerism and promote an inclusive, active, and engaged community.”

Learn more about Community West Foundation here.