Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids Celebrates 10 Years With “Sparkle And Shine” Champions For The Kids Fundraiser

Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids will “Sparkle and Shine in Silver and White,” for its Eighth Annual Champions For The Kids signature fundraising dinner/auction celebrating the Foundation’s 10th anniversary on Sunday, June 2 at The Townsend.

Later, in September, the event – supporting kids and families who have lost a parent – continues with the Champions For The Kids Golf Tournament at Orchard Lake Country Club on Monday, September 16. This will be one of the first events to be held at the Orchard Lake Country Club following the course’s major renovations spearheaded by Keith Foster.

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.

To date, the two-part event has generated more than $2.7 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 82.5 cents of every dollar raised by the Foundation, net of event expenses, are spent directly to provide assistance to beneficiary kids and their families.

“Twenty years ago, it was my family who hugged our father one day and buried him the next,” said Norman Yatooma, founder and president of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. “No family should have to go through the hardship our family endured while we were trying to grieve our loss. Our mission is to help families recover from their grief and get them back on their feet by assisting not only with the basic needs for food, clothing and shelter, but also help them re-build as a family through counseling, mentoring and family experiences.

WJR’s Paul W. Smith will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the VIP Dinner/Auction at The Townsend Hotel on Sunday, June 2 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. Formal white and silver 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, a surprise recipient will be honored with the Champion For The Kids Award. 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. Sandy and Tom Pierce of Northville, Mich. are serving as Event Chairs for the event.

Then on Monday, September 16, 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 Art Van Furniture, Auburn Pharmaceutical, Brotherhood Maintenance Way, CBS Outdoor, Comcast Spotlight, Lori & Van Conway, Conway Mackenzie, HOUR Detroit, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 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 20 years ago 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.

Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring tenderness to tragedy and turn tragedy into triumph for the families of kids who have lost a parent by providing practical, professional, and personal assistance at each stage of the grieving and recovery process. For more information, visit www.forthekidsfoundation.org.


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