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Barrington Youth and Family Services Gala: An Evening in Old Havana
April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Barrington Youth & Family Services Unveils Theme for Upcoming Fundraising Gala:
¡Viva! An Evening in Old Havana
Barrington, Illinois – November 21, 2016 – Barrington Youth & Family Services (BYFS) invites the community to join us at our annual fundraising gala, as we jet-set back in time and experience the grandeur of Old Havana. Barrington Hills Country Club will be transformed for the evening of April 22, 2017 to reflect the romance of 1950s Cuba, a time when the tropical island served as an exotic playground for the likes of Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway.
The BYFS Auxiliary Board, led by co-chairs Lara Kercinik and Tiffany Marshall, is responsible for planning and hosting the annual event, which aims to raise $200,000. “There’s so much inspiration in the culture of 1950’s Havana – the music, the food, the way people dressed, the overall vibe. It’s going to be so much fun to take our guests back to that place and time for a night!” says event co-chair Tiffany Marshall.
The mission of BYFS, which was founded in 1972, is to offer counseling, education, and prevention solutions to support the social, emotional, and psychological well-being of youth and their families in the Barrington area. BYFS is a vibrant, innovative, go-to agency that collaboratively responds to the social and emotional needs of the community. “We believe that by helping children and their families, we build the strength of the entire community” says Rita Rippentrop, Executive Director of BYFS. She adds “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the money raised will go directly back into the community for vital services, including counseling, peer mentoring, healthy relationship development, violence prevention, and addiction prevention and treatment.”
“Every community faces challenges with regards to mental health. Barrington is fortunate to have BYFS and it is important that we continue to support their programming, services and mission. Fundraising efforts not only increase awareness, but they also help to reduce stigma. We are excited to keep the momentum going and look very forward to another successful gala in April” says event co-chair Lara Kercinik.
Event tickets are $185 per person and will be available online in mid-March. For event details, sponsorship opportunities, or information on auction items, follow Barrington Youth and Family Services on Facebook and Instagram or contact auxiliary board member Meghan Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 465-0455.