On Friday, Feb. 23, guests will fill the Florence Filberg Centre for fun, food, friendship and fundraising at the YANA 2018 Big Love Benefit.
Among the highlights of this popular evening are a live auction led by iconic auctioneer, Dave Stevens, dinner by Tria Fine Catering, a photo presentation by McKinnon Photography, and dancing with Above and Beyond Entertainment.
“The Big Love Benefit is so many things to YANA,” said You Are Not Alone executive director, Marcie Dumais. “It’s a chance to celebrate the support we have provided to families, an opportunity to share our story and to raise funds for the coming year.”
Thirty-two years ago, founder Sandra Williams achieved her vision of establishing a support organization for families travelling outside the community for the medical care of a child or a pregnant mother. Her hope that no family would ever be alone in these circumstances has been carried by several decades of generosity.
This past year YANA saw significant increases in out-of-town healthcare related to birth and high-risk pregnancy. This need, along with successful outreach, program development and continued support for children experiencing a range of medical challenges, has led to high program expenditures, up 21 per cent year over year with continued increases expected in 2018.
YANA’s purpose is to improve access to healthcare by providing travel funding and accommodation to Comox Valley families with a child or a pregnant mother needing medical care away from home. YANA maintains four furnished apartments near BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and also provides accommodation in Victoria, Nanaimo, and in other treatment locations.
There are many ways to get involved in the YANA Big Love Benefit. You can donate an auction item, sponsor the event, or participate in the new online auction. For more information on all these opportunities, visit yanacomoxvalley.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-871-0343.
Interested in attending the Big Love Benefit? Tickets go on sale Sunday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. and are sold online through yanacomoxvalley.com. Tickets sell extremely fast. Mark your calendars, set your alarms and join YANA for this upcoming event.