2020 "Non-Gala" Gala
Dear YFC Supporters:
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our donors, volunteers, and staff, due to Covid-19, we have decided to cancel this year’s Youth & Family Counseling annual gala, which was to be held September 26, 2020. Although we love bringing people together to celebrate and share the amazing work that we do, your health and well-being are of utmost importance. However, even though the event cannot take place, the programs and services it was intended to support remain.
As you know, the pandemic turned everyone’s world upside down. Since mid-March, the demand for mental health services has exploded. At YFC, we acted quickly and decisively to transform our methods to be able to deliver remote counseling (teletherapy) to our clients, whose needs skyrocketed. Job loss, home stress, depression, abuse, and neglect have increased and caused new levels of mental health crisis. The YFC staff has worked tirelessly and adapted to be able to deliver counseling services to the individuals in need. We are proud of the work they have done, which could not have been achieved without your past and continued support.
To that end, the need to attain our fundraising goals is greater than ever. The net proceeds from the gala account for 29 percent of YFC’s philanthropic revenue—all of which goes directly to funding the local counseling sessions we provide.
If you supported the “Night in Havana” gala last year, could we humbly ask you to consider renewing your support at that same level (or greater!) in 2020? We understand that circumstances have changed for many. We hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy. And we appreciate any level of support you choose to offer.
While we looked forward to seeing you at this year’s event, we are confident that there will be other opportunities to come together in the future. In the meantime, please know many YFC clients will benefit from your sustained generosity so that they can truly cope, heal and thrive.
On behalf of all those individuals YFC serves day in and day out, thank you in advance for your support.
Anne Brandt and Maria Rill
Event Sponsorship Opportunities
Support YFC and gain visibility for your business or organization by sponsoring the 2020 Non-Gala Gala. Sponsorship levels and benefits for 2020 are posted on the Gala page. For more information on sponsorships, please contact Ms. Bunny Weber, Associate Director of Development, at email@example.com or (847) 367-5991 ext. 21.