Westfield Youth Aid Program Board Chairman Steve Latour is confident that guests will adopt the 2021 format of the Westfield Mayor’s Yellow Tie Gala.
The event, all proceeds of which goes to WYAP, will be held outdoors at 6:30 p.m. on October 8 at the Bridgewater Club in Westfield. The event took place virtually in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
âWe sincerely believe it will be a spectacular night under the stars at the Bridgewater Club,â said Latour, executive director of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce. âThe outdoor setting will be inviting for people because the grounds are beautiful, and we also know that people will feel more comfortable attending an event outside. Live music, food stations, wine tasting, photo booth, wine raffle, live auction and of course the reverse raffle, where you have a 1 in 100 chance of winning $ 5,000 , will be a lot of fun.
âWe will also hear fascinating stories about the impact of the Westfield Youth Assistance Program on the city. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how the evening’s proceeds will be used to make Westfield even better than it is.
Latour said more than 300 tickets have been sold.
âThe organizing committee is working to raise $ 125,000, our biggest fundraising goal for this event to date,â said Latour. âWYAP relies on the generous support of private and corporate donors. Without this support and the funds raised during the Yellow Tie Gala event, WYAP would not have the resources it depends on to meet the needs of the youth we serve in Westfield.
The Mayor’s Yellow Tie Gala is WYAP’s only fundraising event each year.
âTo date, we have reached over 1,150 Westfield youth, and our referrals and the depth of our needs continue to grow exponentially,â said Latour. âThis year, in particular, we have tried to bridge the youth education gap in our program due to the impact of COVID, but we cannot meet that need without the community.â
WYAP was founded in 2009 and serves as an advocate for early intervention for young people aged 3 to 17 who face difficult living conditions at home and at school.
“Through our services, we put in place the necessary and accessible support for young people to face their challenges and overcome them,” said Latour. âWe also strive to go further by recognizing their strengths and interests and giving them more opportunities and connections to improve their well-being and become the best version of themselves.
âServices include links to mental health services, enrichment activities and camps, truancy supports, tutoring and mentoring. “
The presenting sponsor is Taft. There will be a live auction with five items. Tickets cost $ 150. To learn more, visit westfieldyellowtiegala.com.