Popular Comox Valley charity 'delighted' by 'community spirit vibe'

The Comox Valley rallied to support You Are Not Alone (YANA) recently — and had a good time doing it. - Ron Pogue
The Comox Valley rallied to support You Are Not Alone (YANA) recently — and had a good time doing it.
— image credit: Ron Pogue

Members of the community once again united in spirit, opened their wallets and raised $63,800 at the annual You Are Not Alone (YANA) dinner and auction Feb. 28 at the Filberg Centre.

A total of 332 guests attended the event, which sold out online in January in about 1.5 hours.

"We're delighted," said executive director Marcie Dumais, noting the amount is the most raised in the past few years. "This event had such a community spirit vibe.

"This is a really great showing of not just guests but volunteers. A tremendous effort on everyone's part."

Dumais is part of a volunteer committee that organizes the event.

Like last year, auctioneer Dave Stevens orchestrated the bidding while Karen McKinnon presented a "powerful" slide show. The featured family and child were in attendance.

"That made it even more special to have her there," Dumais said.

Since 1986, YANA has provided families with funding and accommodation to receive out-of-town medical treatment for children or high-risk pregnancies.

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