“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 from Italian Creations, fabulous silent auction items, and a Hawaiian vacation raffle.

Supporters helped raise almost $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.

Thank you to the Auction Committee:  Lori Coticchia, Sharon Douglas, Lauren Ferritto, Jennifer O’Reilly, Tim Rose, Christy Svagerko and Melissa Thurstone.  Many thanks to the YC Board of Trustee teams who work together to acquire some of the Silent Auction VIP packages.  We are grateful to the many volunteers who helped make the event a success!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

PLATINUM PLUS
BakerHostetler
First Federal Lakewood
Oatey Co.

GOLD
MAI Capital Management, LLC
Julie and Scott Mawaka
Stacy and Steve Nock
The Nock and Son Company
Nordson Corporation
The Sherwin-Williams Company

SILVER
Brouse McDowell
Cohen & Company
The Coticchia Family
First National Bank
Frantz Ward LLP
Dr. Chris Hardesty and Dustin Applegate
Mike’s Kids
Ownership Advisors, Inc.
Protiviti
Ryan Wealth Management Group
–Kevin Ryan and John Ryan
ShurTech Brands, LLC
Smart Business
Tucker Ellis LLP
Mary Lu and George Wasmer (2)
WTWH Media

“CARE, BUT CAN’T BE THERE”
The following give their generous support:
Gary Brahler
Henkel Corporation
Kaufman Container Company
Mazella Companies
R.W. Beckett Corp.
Mark and Stephanie Summers Family
Swagelok Foundation
TMC Employee Benefits Group
Total Benefits Advisors
Vitamix

VALET UNDERWRITING
Brunswick Auto Mart

MOBILE BIDDING PARTIAL UNDERWRITER
Hyland Software, Inc.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE DONATION
Mitchell’s Ice Cream

BAR SPONSOR
Brown-Forman

See photos here:

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