For the last two years, tickets to the Barrington Youth & Family Services (BYFS) gala have sold out.
“This one of the few events in Barrington that the whole community can really get behind,” says gala co-chair Amanda Unter. “I think it’s because all of the money we raise goes right back into the agency—an agency that supports any young person and their family from Barrington who might need help.”
BYFS is a vibrant, nonprofit social service agency. Since 1972, BYFS has been dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of clinical counseling, youth outreach, and community prevention programs that meet the social, psychological, and emotional needs of area youth and their families.
“Kids are under more pressure than they have ever been before,” adds Lindsey Murphy, gala co-chair. “BYFS has been evolving their programs so they can meet children and their families where they are.”
BYFS strives to dismiss any stigma that might be tied to taking advantage of the counseling they provide.
“Children and teens can be dealing with so many different things-depression, trouble with classes, grief, an eating disorder, watching parents get divorced—BYFS is able to help in any and all of these situations,” adds Unter. “The agency is need-based and individual-based.” BYFS also has specially trained staff to work with youth and families who only speak Spanish.
The BYFS annual gala is the primary fundraiser for the agency. This year, it will take place on Saturday, April 21 at the Barrington Hills Country Club. The theme is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and will feature festive cocktails and fare, live and silent auctions, as well as a lively band and dancing. Barrington guests will also have their goody bag delivered to their door the day before the event, a long-standing tradition of the gala that the auxiliary board has continued.
“Organizing this gala has been so much fun,” says Murphy who says the board has been careful to work within a moderate budget and are grateful for the community’s generous donations to the event. “People really get into the theme of the night. This year, it’s very whimsical—lots of floral accents. People are already texting us with what they’re planning to wear.”
Invitations will be mailed later this month and invitees can purchase tickets online or by mailing their response card.
“If you haven’t heard of BYFS, I encourage you to go online and check it out,” says Unter. “There is so much good happening. You might even discover that your family could benefit from this amazing resource.”
Barrington Youth & Family Services is located at 110 S. Hager Avenue in Barrington, 847-381-0345, barringtonbyfs.org.