Two-day event will benefit Yatooma Foundation for Kids
Nationally, it is estimated 1 in 10 children will experience the death of a parent by the time he or she graduates high school.
In Michigan, approximately 45,000 children currently residing in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties will experience the death of one or both parents before they graduate high school. Though there are many charities in Michigan that help children in myriad circumstances, only Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids is tailored specifically to assist children who have lost a parent.
To support the Foundation’s services, Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids presents the sixth annual Champions for the Kids VIP dinner, auction and golf tournament, a special two-day event continues on June 20, to benefit the families served by the Foundation.
“The children served by the Foundation hugged their parent one day and buried them the next, leaving them without defense or provision,” said Norman Yatooma, founder and president of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. “We feel it is important to show these kids there are champions on their side to help them through the heartbreak and tragedy to a place of triumph.”
WJR’s Paul W. Smith will serve as master of ceremonies for the VIP Dinner/Auction at The Townsend Hotel on Saturday, June 18 at 5 p.m. Music will be provided by the Simone Vitale Band and several children served by the Foundation will serve as honorary junior emcees during the program. Tickets for the event are available for $250, and attire is black-tie optional. This year’s event chairs are Mike and Suzy Fezzey of Farmington.
Attendees of the VIP dinner/auction will witness a life-changing event illuminating how the organization helps rebuild lives after families lose a parent with the presentation of the Third Annual Bridge to the Future Award.
During the event, the Champion For The Kids Award will be presented to Paul W. Smith. The Champion Award is given to an individual who has played a vital role in the continuing success and growth of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids through steadfast and generous support throughout the prior year.
Then on Monday, June 20, the Foundation will hold its Golf Tournament on the legendary South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club, beginning with a 7 a.m. breakfast and a live broadcast by News/Talk 760 WJR. Players also can enjoy closest to the pin, hole-in-one and longest drive contests. Foursomes begin at $5,000.
All proceeds from Champions For The Kids, the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, will benefit families served through Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. Over the past four years, supporters have helped raise nearly $2.5 million for the families supported by the organization.
Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids, based in Birmingham, was inspired by the extraordinary hardship endured by Norman Yatooma and his family after the death his father, Manual S. Yatooma, who was tragically murdered in 1993. Overnight, his family went from relative wealth to threatened foreclosure, bankruptcy and dependence on Social Security. Without regular income, the Yatoomas were forced to squeeze out what they could from their school loans and side jobs to help keep food in the kitchen.
Norman Yatooma launched this nonprofit organization on Father’s Day in 2003 in his father’s memory to assist families working to rebuild their lives after the painful loss of a parent.
The Foundation provides a full spectrum of assistance including grief counseling, support groups, needs-based financial assistance, family budget development, resource referrals and academic success programs.
Each family’s unique situation is considered and a customized plan for support is developed to ensure that the most vital programs and services are offered.
To learn more, sponsor, register and /or donate, contact 888-987-KIDS or visit www.forthekidsfoundation.org.