WINNETKA – Local teens, parents and community influencers attended the Winnetka Youth Organization Annual Spring Benefit on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This intimate invitation-only event, held at Avli Restaurant in Winnetka, featured a three-course Mediterranean meal, live jazz music (performed by The Hindsight Effect of Glenbrook South High School), live and silent auction, and award ceremony.
The event raised more than $10,000 through ticket sales, auction items and experiences. The silent auction included items from the Chicago White Sox, Corepower Yoga, Ravinia Chicago Botanic Garden, and many more (valued at $2,173.00). The more priceless items featured in the live auction were from the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and weekend getaways to a cabin in UP Michigan (valued at $3,379.00). Moreover, the evening’s major sponsors included the North Shore Community Bank, Regina Dominican, and Avli Restaurant.
“This year was remarkable. We surpassed our fundraising goal and beat our Annual Spring Benefit revenue from the last six years!” expresses Christina Gikas, Executive Director at WYO. “We thank the many local organizations, adults, and youth that have donated their time, resources, and compassion towards the mission of the WYO!”
Christina continues, “The success of this event was due to the teens we have encountered throughout the year. They amaze us everyday when they advocate for their community, ask us to host music concerts to bring everyone together, and participate in volunteer opportunities. We needed to acknowledge some of our teens and make this benefit a celebration of their outstanding commitment towards the WYO mission!”
Submitted by WYO
Located in the lower level of the Winnetka Community House, the Winnetka Youth Organization has been dedicated in putting their teens first and creating a safe culture within their after-school drop-in center since 1969. WYO’s vision is to make all teens feel welcome and accepted for who they are and what they are interested in, and embrace their talents – in hopes that they lead lives of integrity and service. Uniquely, they serve teens from every social group and maintain relatable programming that allows teens to build new connections.
From September 2017 to today, their growing diverse program initiatives have allowed them to meet 727 new high school students, that utilize our drop-in services and 87 7th- and 8th- school students and that utilize their drop-in services at Washburne Middle School and WYO; renovate and update their teen drop-in center interior and resources to meet the safety and needs of the modern-day teen; have nine new teen bands perform shows at the WYO and Winnetka Community House; provide twenty-eight social service sites and projects to teens; and facilitate fourteen Youth Leadership Group Meetings.