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Inaugural Carmel Gala raises $60,000

Inaugural Carmel Gala raises $60,000

Post Date:05/23/2017
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City of Carmel
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032


Date: May 22, 2017
Contact: Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release: Immediate

Inaugural Carmel Gala raises $60,000
for Carmel Youth Assistance Program

– Thanks to generous sponsors and community support, the inaugural Carmel Gala, Design Bright Futures, was a big success for the Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP), which will receive $60,000 in donations from the sold-out event held on May 6 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. Nearly 350 attendees raised the $60,000 through sponsorships, a silent auction and a live donation request on behalf of a new initiative, the first ever Carmel Summer Lunch Program.

“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, set for April of 2018. Stay tuned for a future announcement with more details.

Special thanks also goes to CBS4 Indy news anchor and Carmel resident, Debby Knox, 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 puzzle building. This event would not have been possible without the generous sponsors listed below:

Naming Sponsors: $5,000
City of Carmel
United Consulting

Gold Sponsors $2,500
Allied Solutions, LLC
American StructurePoint, Inc
Carmel City Council
HWC Engineering
Krieg DeVault LLP
Legacy Fund
Merchants Bank of Indiana
National Chimney
Old Town Design Group
Somerset CPAs and Advisors
St Vincent Hospital
Strada Education Network
Wessler Engineering

Silver Sponsors $1,000
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Church, Church, Hittle, + Antrim
CNO Financial Group, Inc
Doug & Jayne Ann Wilson
Silver Sponsors $1,000 cont.
DWA Healthcare Communications Group
Eli & Katie Moffett
F.C. Tucker Company
First Internet Bank
First Merchants Bank
Gary Nance Design/McKenzie Homes
ICC Floors
Joe's Butcher Shop and Fish Market
Kevin Johnson
Northside ENT
Parkside Animal Hospital
Prime Carwash / Herff Jones
Rangeline Chiropractic
Wilhelm Construction

In-Kind Sponsors
Adam Grubb Productions
Artist Development Company
Carmel Monthly
Kuzee Design
Media Factory
Ritz Charles
Wilkinson Brothers

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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