By Sophie Nulph
The 13th annual Yellow Tie Ball will be at 6:30 p.m. June 1. Proceeds will benefit the Westfield Youth Assistance Program.
Mayor Andy Cook is conducting the fundraiser to raise money to hire more for the rapidly growing program. Funds also will benefit summer camps and organizations WYAP kids are involved in.
Along with a three-course dinner, there will be a silent auction to benefit Westfields Summer Meals Program, which provides families in need with food during the summer months.
Westfield Youth Assistance Program President Janelle Campbell said the fundraiser raised $46,887 in 2018.
“Our goal this year is to break the $50,000 mark. We are hoping to have 300 people in attendance,” Campbell said.
There also will be a party after the dinner, starting at 8 p.m. Party admission is $25. The Flying Toasters band will perform.
There will several speakers advocating for the program.
Cook helped found the Youth Assistance Program when he became mayor in 2008. The program has continued to grow. People can help refer kids to the program through the website as well as apply to become a mentor for students.
Campbell said one of the organization’s goals is to introduce each child to at least five positive role models while they are in the program.
“There are currently 15 boys and three girls waiting to be paired up with mentors,” Campbell said.
The Yellow Tie Ball is funded each year by donations and sponsors. It will be held at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St., with black-tie attire optional but a yellow tie preferred.
For more, visit westfieldwelcome.com.