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Carmel Gala raises $68,000 for CYAP

Thanks to generous sponsors and community support, the second annual Carmel Gala, Design Bright Futures, was a big success for the Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP), which will receive $68,000 in donations from the sold-out event held on April 28 at the Ritz Charles. The funds will go directly to CYAP, an organization that provides support services for Carmel’s at-risk youth and families. More than 350 attendees raised the $68,000 through sponsorships, a silent auction, and a dessert dash. Pledges made during the dessert dash will help fund the Carmel Summer Lunch Program, a program co-founded in 2017 by CYAP.

“We want to thank everyone who came to the event or who has otherwise supported this important effort in our community,” said Mayor Jim Brainard, who served as the Honorary Chair of the event. “We have done a lot in Carmel to help the next generation thrive in education, the arts, health and well-being. We can do more and we must continue to reach out to children who are at risk of falling through the cracks of society. This is why we started the Carmel Youth Assistance Program.”

Plans are under way for next year’s Carmel Gala. Stay tuned for a future announcement with more details.

Special thanks also goes to Fox59 and CBS 4 sports reporter and anchor, Larra Overton, who served as the emcee for the Gala, which featured an elegant dinner and After Party with live entertainment, a photo booth and interactive games like jumbo Jenga and a giant light bright.

This event would not have been possible without the generous sponsors listed below:

Naming Sponsors: $6,000

Bell Techlogix

City of Carmel


Gold Sponsors $3,000

Carmel City Council

Duke Energy

Krieg DeVault LLP

Kroger Gardis & Regas, LLP

Old Town Design Group

ReJoyce Financial

Somerset CPAs and Advisors

Silver Sponsors $1,500

Ambrose Property Group

American Structurepoint, Inc.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

CNO Financial Group, Inc

Doug & Jayne Ann Wilson

Dr. Bob Youkilis, Northside ENT

Drewery Simmons Vornehm, LLP

E&B Paving Inc.

F.C. Tucker Company

F.A. Wilhelm Construction

First Merchants Bank

HWC Engineering

ICC Floors

Joe's Butcher Shop and Fish Market

Johnson Controls

Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. – Indiana Adoption

Lake City Bank

Legacy Fund

McComb Window & Door Company, Inc.

National Chimney

Parkside Animal Hospital

Prime Carwash / Herff Jones

Roland & Jan Ditto

Tammy Thornbury

Telemon & Telemon Enterprise Ventures

United Consulting

In-Kind Sponsors

Adam Grubb Productions

Carmel Monthly

Media Factory

Ritz Charles

Sun King Brewery

Wilkinson Brothers

Other event supporters include: Margaret Chowning, The Hagerman Group, Sean Gagnon, Mike & Linda Jacobs and Meg Osborne.

CYAP is affiliated with the larger Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program. Its goal is to reach at-risk children through family assistance, tutoring and mentoring programs, providing services to family and youth to enrich their lives. More details about CYAP and Carmel Gala can be found at

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