Youth programs in Akron got a big boost this week. The University Park YMCA Friday@5 Silent and Oral Auction held at Portage Country Club raised money to benefit programs that help local youths.
Proceeds will provide assistance with child care, before- and after-school enrichment, youth sports, health and wellness, summer camps and teen leadership programs.
Verna Riley was the chairperson and Barbara Brunt was vice chair. Madeline Bozzelli was the honorary chairperson and attended with her husband, Libert Bozzelli.
“We have a lot of additional items this year for our auction,” event coordinator Myra King-Lanier said.
“I like the Weight Watchers basket and the television,” added Serina Inch.
“I like the decorative butterfly art as well as the peanut container,” said Louise Appleton.
Carol Byrd bid on a ride on the Goodyear blimp, as she does every year.
This year’s committee included Chuck Bond, Janna Bruner, Cynthia Capers, John Cassiday, Debbie Farris, J.C. Fisher, Yvonne Gillette, John Grigas, Richard King, Karl Majors and Dan Samels.
John Hermann attended with daughter Monica Hermann. “I will always treasure the time I spent with my daughter when we were a part of Indian Guides,” he said.
Monica Hermann participated not only as an Indian princess but a camp counselor.
In the oral auction, Donald and Mary Breece were the high bidders for the chef’s party for six with Robert and Julie LeFever. The item was so popular that bidders Laura and Robert Culp were also granted the special party.
Executive Director Mike Robinson sold raffle tickets for the flat-screen television.
“I think the Y does some great things for the community, especially for our youth and that’s what it’s all about,” Kyle Bittner said.
“I know that the Y really helps people and they touch lives, and that really makes a difference,” Sue Shannon said.