Benefit Raises Over $200,000 for Y.O.U.

The Evanston Golf Club was the location for Y.O.U.’s 42nd Annual Benefit held on Saturday, February 23.  A sell-out crowd of nearly 300 guests helped raise over $200,000 for Y.O.U.’s programs, which empower our community’s youth to realize their full potential.  Over 850 youth are currently served by Y.O.U.  and, with support from private donors and new public grants, Y.O.U. is expanding programming to 300 additional youth in 2013.  

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Jahn Madlangbayan and Tiaira Scott were honored at Y.O.U.'s Annual Dinner as recipients of the Richard and Katherine Art Award. The Award recognizes their courage and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while achieving goals.

At the event, founding director Don Baker presented Bill Geiger with the Jay Moore Award for Creative Service to Youth for his leadership at the McGaw YMCA and commitment to youth.  In addition, Y.O.U. recognized the perseverance, personal growth, and achievements of Tiaira Scott and Jahn Madlangbayan who received the Richard and Katherine Art Youth Award.  Tiaira and Jahn are seniors at Evanston Township and will be attending college next fall.

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Catherine Rocca, Patty Reese, Nicki Pearson and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl were among the guests at Y.O.U.'s 43rd Annual Dinner.

Y.O.U. serves youth daily (Monday through Friday) at ten school and community sites and also has staff out on the streets to engage youth.  The organization’s holistic youth development services help youth achieve their unlimited potential through academic enrichment and support, mentoring, social development and clinical counseling.  For more information about Y.O.U., visit or contact us at 847-866-1200.  

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A participant in Y.O.U.'s Chute Middle School program, thanks a guest for their donation at Y.O.U.'s Annual Dinner.


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