VERO BEACH —The new date and precarious weather didn’t stop the Heli-Drop Ball Bash & BBQ from being successful in its inaugural year as a creative new fundraiser for Youth Guidance. The much talked about event was held April 21 at the Vero Beach Sports Village where 300 attendees enjoyed an action packed evening complete with the giveaway of cash prizes.
The event commenced with a fun-filled kickball game between City and County officials, emceed by County Commissioner Wesley Davis, with the County winning 14-12. Due to inclement weather in West Palm Beach, the chartered helicopter was unable to fly to Vero to drop the golf balls but the organizers were prepared by having Commissioner Davis choose the winning golf balls from a large bingo-style tumbler.
The prize schedule was modified based on the number of balls sold (260) and the following individuals won: first place, Bill Depp, who donated $2,100 of his $2,500 back to Youth Guidance; second place, Exchange Club of Sebastian, Youth Guidance supporter; third place, Debbie Martella, Youth Guidance mentor; fourth place, Mike Swan; fifth place, Karen Morein; and sixth place, Gina Joyce.
Live music from the popular local band VooDoo, a cash bar and Bono’s BBQ added to the festivities of the evening.
The Heli-Drop netted more than $14,000, which will be used to continue Youth Guidance’s vast array of year-round mentoring programs and activities.
A big thanks to the following for volunteering their time and donating their goods and services to make this event possible: the good-natured and energetic city and county kickball players, Treasure and Space Coast Radio, Sebastian and Treasure Coast Exchange Clubs, The Rosato Plastic Surgery Center, Carter Associates, Inc., Charm on the Treasure Coast and the Inside Track Almanac. A special thanks to the Vero Beach Sports Village for its support, involvement and cooperation.
The mission of Youth Guidance is to match each of its nearly 700 at-risk K-12 grade children with a volunteer mentor 21 years or older and keep youth engaged in positive educational, cultural and recreational year-round activities. The agency is actively seeking volunteers to serve as mentors, tutors, or periodic volunteers at ongoing activities for the unmatched children in the program, or to provide regular help in the office. Youth Guidance is also looking for partnerships with businesses, service clubs and church groups to pair with their unmatched children for just one activity a year.
Persons interested in sponsoring and/or attending Youth Guidance’s next big fundraiser Tropical Night Luau on June 2 or becoming a Mentor may visit www.ircyouth.com or call 772-770-5040 for more information.