It is time again for the annual silent auction and dinner for Youth Enhancement and Training Initiative, Inc. (YETI). YETI is a not-for-profit organization that helps underprivileged children abroad and at home. YETI's main goal at this time is to complete construction of an orphanage in Nepal, and donate 10% - 15% of all funds to underprivileged children in Indiana.
YETI is led by a board of eleven Directors: Jeff Papa (President), Ann Thrasher Papa, Steve Wolff, Rupa Chatterji, Allison Buckner, Jim Owen, Zach Stock, Megan Kelly, Tracy Rongers, David Meek and Sarah Dillinger. Jeff Papa previously taught English in Nepal and has visited the group's orphanage project in that country twice, and Dillinger previously worked in Nepal through the auspices of the IU-I Law School's Human Rights Program. Papa, Chatterji, Wolff, Owen, Dillinger, and Meek visited the orphanage in September, 2006 and will share their experiences and photos with the dinner guests.
Construction of the YETI orphanage began in October 2004, and it currently houses 20 orphans with ten more expected to join in early 2007. The orphanage is located near Royal Chitwan National Park, the future site of a Nepalese school, and a world-renowned elephant conservation/breeding facility. When fully constructed, the orphanage will provide housing, food, and supervision to at least 40 orphaned children.
YETI funded Phases I and II of the orphanage construction, will fund the remainder of the construction (which is estimated to be only about $8,000 per year for one more year), and will provide funds to sustain the orphanage thereafter, with estimated operating costs at around $14,000 per year.
Locally, YETI provides 10-15% of all donated funds to underprivileged children in Indiana. To date, YETI has donated money to:
Mary Jane Hash Trust Fund for use in covering necessary medical expenses for a young girl in Boone County, Indiana; Holy Family Shelter in Indianapolis, Indiana, to be used to assist homeless families and victims of domestic violence; Marion County Children Guardian Home; My Stuff packets for children taken into foster care in Boone and Clinton counties; and, Hilltop House in Valparaiso, Indiana, for assistance to low-income, uninsured residents of Porter County.
YETI's Fourth Annual Fundraising silent auction and dinner will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the National FFA Center located on the northwest side of Indianapolis (6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis). The event will consist of a reception, silent auction, dinner, and speakers promoting YETI's endeavors.
Tickets for the reception/silent auction (6 p.m.) and dinner (8 p.m.) together are available for $30 per person. YETI has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and $17 of your ticket is tax-deductible. Anyone interested in attending the event, or in making a donation without attending the event, should contact YETI by visiting the group's website at www.yetikids.org or by calling (317-769-6102) or emailing.
Seating is limited; please RSVP by February 23, 2007. Checks and RSVPs may be mailed to YETI, 6651 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46077, or by PayPal via YETI's website. Please provide Name(s), Email and U.S. Mail Addresses when RSVP-ing.
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