Ogden's Youth Impact to hold 'Casino Night' fundraiser

The fundraiser will be held Saturday Nov. 4 in Ogden

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) -  Youth Impact, a non-profit organization in Ogden whose primary focus is to help kids grow and succeed, is holding a fundraiser Saturday night to help keep their program going. 

Youth Impact, who has been helping the youth of Ogden for over two decades, is hosting a 'Casino Night' in an effort to raise funds for their organization whose volunteers dedicate their time to help fill the void in many of their participant’s lives in regard to parental support and positive relationships.

The event is from 5-8pm. It’s $50 a ticket but includes $1000 in chips to play, 3 hours of play time on 11 professional tables, and includes food. The person with the most chips at the end wins $200. Additional chips are also available for purchase $20 for $500 in chips. There will also be thousands of dollars worth of prizes for the raffle and auction that were donated by local companies.

Purchase tickets through this eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/casino-night-fundraiser-for-youth-impact-tickets-38613984467?aff=efbneb

The organization says the participants they serve throughout their communities are not statistics. They have a strong de­sire for all staff to know each and every child who walks through the door. By cultivating a personal relationship with participants, staff becomes aware of the dynamics in each life; who is dealing with poverty, drugs, incarceration of a parent, gang influences and the general needs of that child for the day. Staff at Youth Impact plays the role of consistency in the participant’s lives and that is the key to the success of the program today.

Several comments on their Facebook shows the impact this organization is having on the youth in their program. 

"Best thing that has ever happened to me. I don't where I would be without the influence and mentorship of the founder and program. Instilled great work ethic pride in the community," said one participant. 

Another youth said "I love this place!!!!! These people are the most amazing, genuine, and loving people I have met!!! They have devoted their whole life to these kids!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!"

The organization got it start in 1992 and serves the youth who reside in Ogden’s inner-city neighborhoods. The program started with less than a dozen young people who were originally brought together by their participation in a program called the Ulster Project.

From 2001- 2008, the Youth Impact Program had maintained a constant enrollment of at least 150 participants to that point. 

Today’s program consists of daily transportation from 20-25 different schools. Snacks and food are provided to the children at sign-in, and a variety of organized daily programs are also accessible to the participants. Notable areas of the program are in the Study Hall, Arts & Crafts / Garden Area, Hobby Shop, Recreational Sports and in the daily mentoring of youth. Dinner is served daily and participants are given a ride home to their front door after each and every Youth Impact sponsored event.

For more information on the program or how you can get involved or help, please visit their website at youthimpactogden.org

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