Passion for the Village was held May 16th at Children’s Village in Yakima. The theme for this year’s event was Reflections of Joy and joy was definitely all around. Everyone enjoyed an evening with friends, old and new, who share a common passion and support for this special place in our Valley called Children’s Village. Guests bid on silent auctions and live auction items to raise funds to support the many programs and services at Children’s Village. Decorated tables were throughout the lobby and Miracle Street and dinner was served by the YouthWorks council. Parents from Children’s Village were at the event, sporting t-shirts that said “Pound Parent of a Children’s Village Child.” These parents were more than willing to share their stories of how important Children’s Village is for them and their family. Behind the scenes we had professional wait staff who volunteered their time to help the high school students; Ned Walsh from YV Tech Culinary School and Barbara from Zesta Cucina.
Following dinner was our second annual dessert auction and it was even more successful than last year! Beautifully decorated and delicious desserts were donated and brought in over $23,000! All of the proceeds will go to support our families of children with special needs.
We met our fundraising goal of $75,000 and these funds will be used to provide more moments of joy for the children and families of Children’s Village. The evening wouldn’t have been complete without the help from our YouthWorks Council, Friends of the Village, and the passionate families from Children’s Village that gave their time in helping to coordinate this amazing evening. And a special thank you to our wonderful emcees for the evening: Dave Hargreaves and Greg Loudon. Thank you!
We are so grateful this week as families, employees and volunteers reflect on the wonderful evening that was certainly full of passion and joy for Children’s Village. If you weren’t able to join us on Saturday evening or didn’t have the chance to make a gift at Passion for the Village, you can still show your support by donating here.