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 fund operation of our orphanage in Nepal, and donate 10% - 15% of all funds raised to underprivileged children in Indiana.
YETI is led by a board of eleven Directors: Jeff Papa (President), Ann Thrasher Papa, Steve Wolff, Michael Mendyk, Allison Buckner, Jim Owen, Zach Stock, Heather Macek, 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 multiple times, and Dillinger previously worked in Nepal through the auspices of the IU-I Law School's Human Rights Program. Board members visit the orphanage each year and will share their experiences and photos with the dinner guests.
Construction of the YETI orphanage began in October 2004, and it currently houses 26 orphans. 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 the orphanage construction, and provides funds to operate the orphanage, with estimated operating costs at around $16,000 per year.
Locally, YETI provides 10-15% of all donated funds to underprivileged children in Indiana. To date, YETI has donated money to:
Riley Children's Foundation; Clark Knight Medical Fund; BLING Inner-city business program for youth; Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Imperial Council of Shrine Guilds of America, Inc.; 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 Fifth Annual Fundraising silent auction and dinner will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008, 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 $35 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seating is limited; please RSVP by February 22, 2008. 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. Children welcome; One child ticket free with each paying adult.
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