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March 22, 2011 > Jump on board with Young Life

Jump on board with Young Life

By Julie Grabowski

Tri-City Young Life calls for "All Hands on Deck" at their Annual Celebration Event Banquet and Fundraiser. The evening is a long standing tradition, and one of their two major annual fundraising events in support of their program for local youth.

Young Life is focused on the welfare of middle school, high school, and college age kids, dedicated to sharing the love of God and making an impact through supportive adult involvement and friendships. Whether attending sports games, hanging out at the mall, going on camping trips, or just listening to what's on their hearts, Young Life leaders seek to encourage and strengthen youth, showing them that their lives have worth, meaning and purpose.

The banquet is an opportunity to share who they are and what they do, as well as hang out with friends, have some fun, and hopefully raise funds to keep it all going. Banquet hostess Mary Tebault says to expect some craziness. "The underlying message is serious, but we don't take ourselves too seriously."

Kids involved with Young Life provide the entertainment, performing songs and offering testimonies. An adult will also share how Young Life has impacted their lives. There will be a message of what the organization is all about, as well as sharing financial needs and what the community can do to help with gifts of time or money.

There is no cost to attend, but donations are requested. Young Life strives to underwrite the event, working with friends and businesses. While the dinners run around $39 each, attendees are free to give whatever they can afford or wish to contribute.

Their last banquet had a turnout of 300, and word is they are shooting for 500 this year. "It's a way to find out what our organization is doing to nurture the youth of our community," says Tebault. And "to let these kids known that they're valuable."

Dress code is "California Casual" and organizers ask that you RSVP by Friday, March 25. For more information or to reserve your place, contact Mary Tebault at (510) 656-2426 or To learn more about Young Life call the Tri-City office in Fremont at (510) 505-1750, or visit

Tri-City Young Life's Annual Celebration Event Banquet and Fundraiser
Sunday, April 3
6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 656-2426

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