The third annual Carmel Gala: Design Bright Futures hit a milestone this year raising approximately $71,000 on behalf of the Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP) making this event the largest single fundraiser for the organization to date.
Held each April, the Carmel Gala provides an evening of dinner, dancing and fun activities for attendees while raising valuable funds to benefit the private, non-profit CYAP organization. More than 250 people gathered at 502 East Event Centre on April 13 to celebrate the work done by the organization in the past year and learn more about what is planned for the future. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard once again served as honorary chair of the event and spoke to guests about the importance of communities taking care of one another.
The evening was emceed for a second year by FOX 59 and CBS 4 reporter, Larra Overton. Attendees watched a video generously produced in-kind by Adam Grubb Productions which highlighted the organization’s work in the city. The event also featured a silent auction and “Dessert Dash” where guests bid on sweets donated by bakeries and sweet shops around Carmel and nearby communities.
The Carmel Gala would not be possible without the support of the generous sponsors who are committed to the mission of Carmel Youth Assistance Program. Thank you to Hylant, City of Carmel, Albert & Diane Moore, Carmel City Council, Duke Energy, DWA Healthcare Communications Group, Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. - Indiana Adoption, Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP, Old Town Design Group, St. Vincent Carmel, Somerset CPAs and Advisors and United Consulting.
The fourth annual Carmel Gala will be held April, 25 2020. More information about sponsorships may be obtained by contacting the Carmel Youth Assistance Program offices at 317-501-1739.
The Carmel Youth Assistance Program was founded in 2015 to serve as an early intervention advocate for youth ages 3-17 throughout Carmel who are facing challenging life circumstances. Since its inception, CYAP has served 427 children in Carmel. CYAP is one of six organizations under the umbrella of the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program, which was founded in 2009.
Each YAP has the same mission to serve their respective communities around the county including Fishers, Hamilton Heights, Noblesville, Sheridan and Westfield. CYAP’s Early Intervention Advocates work with local schools, police, fire, and other community leaders to accept referrals of youth and families in need. Advocates identify community resources available to these families such as food and clothing assistance, camp and recreational opportunities, mentor pairings, tutoring, and counseling services.