August 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Celebrating Our Kids – 2020 A Virtual Event
Celebrating Our Kids 2020 looked a bit different this year but the reason and the purpose did not change.
Celebrating Our Kids (COK) is Alexander Youth Network’s largest fundraiser. The funds raised at this event support the programs and services of Alexander Youth Network.
Because of Covid-19, a virtual event became the new normal instead of our traditional large in-person event. With the support of the board, volunteers, and staff, 2020 Celebrating Our Kids luncheon became a reality as a virtual event. Over the course of a few weeks and with little experience in this medium, we were able to create a version of our COK event that enabled us to get our message out, raise awareness and Build Hope for the children and families of Alexander Youth Network.
Each year table captains invite friends, family, and colleagues to join them for a one hour program where they learn about Alexander’s impact across the state. This year, we had to be a little more creative and find a way to still have the event in a safe and socially distanced manner. Our dedicated table captains became virtual hosts instead, inviting friends to either join them for a small gathering or view the event online through a zoom call.
On Monday, June 24, the first virtual Celebrating Our Kids kicked off, with over 20 board members and volunteers serving as hosts. Over the course of the week, we were able to raise $325,000.
Despite the success of this first virtual event, we still have a long way to go to meet the goals set for 2020 – goals based on what is needed to serve our clients in the best way possible. It’s not easy in these challenging times, to meet the needs of our clients remotely and with the same best practices we are known for. We are not alone in that struggle. A New York Times article makes it clear that the non-profit sector as a whole “finds itself in financial jeopardy just when it is needed the most.”
In order to meet our goals and the expanding financial needs resulting from the pandemic, we will be hosting a second 2020 Celebrating Our Kids Virtual event beginning Monday, August 24.
This is an opportunity for us to continue raising the critical dollars needed to support the programs and services of Alexander Youth Network. Now, more than ever, we are relying on the generosity of our loyal donors to maintain the breadth and depth of services our clients rely on. We sincerely hope that you will join us that week to view the event and continue to support us as you have in the past.
As we continue to navigate the uncertainties of these unusual times, there is one thing that remains unchanged… the importance of raising awareness and the critical funds to offer the children and families of Alexander Youth Network a chance for a brighter future!
For more information about Celebrating Our Kids and how to get invovled, contact Christina Humble.