“Our Town” gala to raise money for youth organizations

“Our Town” gala to raise money for youth organizations

Mayor David Condon and his wife, Kristin Condon, have announced their seventh annual Our Town Gala, an event to raise money for several local youth organizations. This year’s gala will be held Friday, April 27, at Aero-Flite in Spokane.

Money from this year’s Our Town Gala will support the Mayor’s Youth Initiative, and go to several local nonprofits including the Chase Youth Foundation, Terrain, Active4Youth, Safety Net, Embrace Washington, Generation Alive, River City Youth Ops, SPEAR and Spokane HOPE.

Each of these organizations will use the money to promote youth leadership, civic engagement, and wellness. Last year’s Our Town Gala raised $115,000 to support the summer youth programming in partnership with the Spokane Police Activities League, the Spokane Public Library, and the Chase Youth Foundation.

“My wife Kristin and I selected these organizations as part of this year’s beneficiaries because of their passion for promoting youth involvement in our community,” Mayor Condon said. “Each of these organizations plays a unique role in our city, but their common thread is their tireless commitment to insuring that Spokane’s future generations are equipped with our values of civic engagement, leadership, and wellness. The success of last year’s Gala confirmed for us the importance of continuing to support the Mayor’s Youth Initiative. I have spent the last six years as Mayor working to make Spokane safer, smarter, and healthier, and each of these organizations actively promote those goals.”

The Chase Youth Foundation is a Spokane charity that funds programs that inspire, recognize, and empower Spokane County youth.

Funds raised for the Chase Youth Foundation will be used for scholarships to send one student from each of Spokane’s high schools on a trip to Spokane’s Sister City in Cagli, Italy.

“This program will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our youth,” said Susan Lane, Executive Director of the Chase Youth Foundation. “Civic engagement begins with appreciating our place in the greater world around us. The Mayor’s Our Town Gala will help students who might not otherwise have this sort of experience.”

Terrain is a local nonprofit whose mission is to support local emerging artists and culture creators by creating community through annual events and ongoing programming. Terrain will use its funds raised from the Our Town Gala to support a youth arts program.

“Since 2008, Terrain has fought the out-migration of our most talented and creative young artists, musicians, and innovators by building community,” said Ginger Ewing, Terrain’s Co-Founder and Program Director. “The funds we receive from Mayor Condon’s Our Town Gala will go a long way to keeping those young artists engaged in Spokane.”

Active4Youth is a Spokane charity that will use its Our Town Gala funds to support its mission of teaching sports and introducing healthy activities to children at a young age.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Mayor’s Youth Initiative to support our community’s goal of becoming a healthier city,” said Mike Bresson, Active4Youth’s President and Founder.