Buy tickets now for annual tea

Youth First, of the Washington County Family YMCA, and Creating Avenues for Student Transformation (CAST) will be celebrating the 8th annual Giving from the Heart event on March 12th, 2018 at Christie’s on the Square. Previously hosted by the Women’s Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation, a spring tea is once again planned to support our mission to provide opportunities, services, and education to families in Washington County, Indiana. CAST and Youth First are local youth serving organizations with the passion to make positive change in our community through various youth enrichment programs. This year’s tea will be hosted by these two organizations, and all proceeds will directly benefit their deserving causes.
 
CAST is an organization that serves middle school and elementary students in Washington County. Currently, CAST offers summer enrichment opportunities for middle school students, and a tutoring and mentoring after school program to Salem students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. Students are bussed from school to the program housed at Southern Hills Church, where they receive homework help from qualified volunteers. CAST focuses on its mission of encouraging Washington County students to grow into contributing citizens with a lifelong passion for learning. New this year, CAST volunteers are working inside classrooms at Bradie Shrum Elementary to help students receive any extra help they need!
 
Youth First builds assets in our Youth. Through the many athletic and enrichment programs geared towards youth at the Y, Youth First strives to aid our children in being prepared for bright futures by building their 40 Developmental Assets. The 40 Developmental Assets, an initiative of the prestigious Search Institute, are a set of skills, experiences, relationships, & behaviors that enable our youth to develop into successful and contributing adults.
 
With the intentions of building assets in Youth, The YMCA and its Youth First initiative strive to fill community voids in these areas to provide youth with the environments, mentors, skills sets, and personal commitment needed to succeed. YMCA Youth First programming has many options to help grow Assets in our youth—from break camps, ROCKs, an After School Program, Preschool, Mentoring Program and Youth Sports—there is something for everybody.
 
“We are so happy to continue offering our important programs thanks to the generous support of our community,” said Cassie Summers-Corp, Executive Director of CAST “Every sponsorship and ticket purchase will go to ensure youth in Washington County will receive a safe environment, positive interactions, encouraging relationships, and crucial life skills.”
 
Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will be held on March 12th at 4:30pm at Christie’s on the Square. Individual tickets are $50, tables of 4, 6 or 8 also available for purchase. Children 12 and under may attend the Kid’s Tea for $5 each. Reservations may be made at the Washington County Family YMCA and are encouraged by March 1st, 2018. We are also currently accepting sponsors for this event. Sponsors receive media recognition, program mention, and tickets to the event. Sponsorships should be confirmed by March 1st, 2018.
 
Tea and light refreshments will be served at this very special event in our brand new venue at Christie’s on the Square. Our guest speaker this year will be East Washington Middle School Principal Amber King. She’ll be speaking about the school’s recent participation in the Amazing Shake and the positive impact it’s had on their students! This is one event you won’t want to miss!
 
Buy your tickets today at the Washington County Family YMCA and you’ll experience the power of giving first hand!

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