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YFC Lincoln’s 2014 Banquet– Highlights

The 2014 YFC/  Youth Unlimited Lincoln Fall Banquet at Hernder Estate Wines gave YFC staff, volunteers, and steering committee members an opportunity to thank past donors for their support and introduce prospective donors to the ministry.

Thanks to generous sponsors and friends of the ministry most of the night’s expenses were already covered, meaning the banquet could bring in between $12 000 and $14 000 (final numbers not available at the time this page was published). In addition, guests were made aware of the various needs of the Upper Deck Youth Centre, YFC’s drop in centre located in Vineland.

The evening began with some musical pieces that fit in well with the theme for this year, western. Jen Vanderwier and Calvin DeVries, brother of Upper Deck director Steph DeVries, provided the live music for the event, and Steve Samuels, ministry staff member, served as emcee.

YFC Lincoln director Glen Sparks thanked this year’s sponsors, then opened with prayer. After dinner, dessert and more music from Calvin and Jen, ministry staff Jane Bleijerveld shared a bit about some of the programs that operated out of Upper Deck this past year and gave a summary of the events and outings that took place offsite.  Steve and Steph then took turns laying out their vision for the ministry.

As Steph wrapped up, she announced that a young boy who attends Upper Deck had asked if he could address the crowd to give a simple but unplanned thank you. Then two more young people shared, one at the podium and one via videotaped recording. Steering committee member Larry Dyck then gave a direct appeal to the audience for financial support. After a closing hymn, steering committee member Jerry Schroeder gave final announcements and dismissed the crowd.

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