Yatooma Foundation Flashes Back to the ’70s for Fundraiser

Tickets are still available for the Yatooma Foundation For The Kids’ Sunday Night Fever Gala on Sunday, June 3 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The fun continues the following day with the Champions For The Kids Golf Tournament at Orchard Lake Country Club.

Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids is a non-profit organization that assists children who have lost a parent and their families by providing practical, professional, and personal assistance at each stage of the grieving and recovery process.

Nationally, it is estimated 1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent by the time he or she graduates high school. Though there are many charities in Michigan that help children in a myriad of circumstances, only Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids is tailored specifically to assist children who have lost a parent by providing guidance, stability and financial assistance.

The event has raised over $2.5 million for local families. The Foundation is audited by Plante & Moran, PLLC, the largest audit and certified public accounting firm based in Michigan and one of the top 12 largest in the nation, with extensive experience monitoring the finances of nonprofit organizations. For each and every year of its audit, Plante & Moran has issued an unqualified or “clean” opinion on the Foundation’s finances, the highest form of assurance they provide. Plante & Moran auditors found that 89 cents of every dollar raised by the Foundation, net of event expenses, are spent directly to provide assistance to beneficiary kids and their families.

“The children served by the Foundation hugged their parents one day and buried them the next,” said Norman Yatooma, founder and president of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. “Our purpose is to help these families recover from their grief and get them back on their feet by helping to meet not only their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, but to also help them re-build as a family through counseling, mentoring and family experiences. With increased awareness for what we do to help kids who have lost a parent, more families reach out to us, knowing we are here to help. I am deeply grateful to all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers and other partners in our mission who make this life-changing work possible.”

WJR’s Paul W. Smith will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the VIP Dinner/Auction at The Townsend Hotel on Sunday, June 3 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. 70s inspired attire is encouraged.

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 Annual Bridge to the Future Award, for a family who is successfully overcoming their challenges.

During the event, the Champion For The Kids Award will be presented to Matt Friedman of Tanner Friedman in Farmington Hills. 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 4, the Foundation will hold its Golf Tournament at Orchard Lake Country Club, beginning with a 7 a.m. breakfast and a live broadcast by News/Talk 760 WJR. The day also will include a gift for each golfer, a round of 18, contests, cocktails on the terrace and a strolling dinner.

Major sponsors of the event include Auburn Pharmaceutical, Art Van Furniture, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CBS Outdoor, Comcast Spotlight, Conway Mackenzie, Display Group, Douglas A. Pettinga, HOUR Detroit, Huntington Bank, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Macro Connect, Norman Yatooma & Associates, Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications, Trade This, Inc. and News/Talk 760 WJR.

Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids 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 financial security to threatened foreclosure, bankruptcy, and dependence on social security. Without regular income, the Yatoomas were forced to squeeze out what they could from school loans and side jobs to help keep food in the kitchen.

Norman Yatooma launched this nonprofit organization on Father’s Day 2003, in his father’s name and 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, academic success programs, family togetherness experiences, and much more.

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.

— Information provided by Tanner Friedman


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