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Creative Youth Center to get spooky for first fundraising gala

The local nonprofit focused on youth literacy through creative project-based learning invites the community to a pop-up dinner event geared to sustaining their work.
a few of the members of the Andy Angelo Press Club

a few of the members of the Andy Angelo Press Club /Courtesy of the Creative Youth Center

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/Courtesy of the Creative Youth Center

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This Thursday night, the Creative Youth Center will be raising funds for their organization at their very first fundraiser: a pop-up dinner event called "The Captain's Affair.

"This event will be hosted by Captain H. Tanny, the CYC’s mysterious adventurer who travels the world, sending inspirational messages and globe-trotting treasures to our kids. The Captain’s Affair will commence on Thursday, October 17, with a pop-up dinner at a secret Grand Rapids location," explains Lori Slager, co-founder and executive director of the organization. "Chef Tommy Fitzgerald of Cafe Stella will prepare a menu inspired by witches and ghouls. The evening’s entertainment will feature spooky stories and captivating performances."

The event will include performances of stories by members of The Diatribe and Todd Kaneko, along with music provided by The Curator. The event's location, in typical pop-up dinner fashion, will not be revealed until the day of the event.

Tickets for the event are $75.

Slager says proceeds from the event will go towards the organization's mission of nurturing the creativity of our city’s children through project-based learning.

"In doing so, we believe we are investing in the future of West Michigan by developing lifelong learners with an eye for detail and a heart for exploration who just might change the world. We prepare children for life’s adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices via tutoring and publishing programs that encourage study and instill a strong sense of personal identity," says Slager. 

All CYC programs are free for students attending public schools in Grand Rapids and include writing workshops, reporter clubs, tutoring and after school programming, with various offerings available to children ages 6-18.  

Slager says programming such as theirs cannot exist without the support of individuals in the community. This first fundraiser, she says, aims to help the CYC gain new supporters and interest from the Grand Rapids community.

"The other day a third-grader told us she didn't want to leave our afterschool program when it was time to go home because she'd had so much fun," says Slager. "We want to ensure that the Creative Youth Center is a place she can go for many years to come."

Tickets to The Captain's Affair are available through Eventbrite. Attendees with reservations will be made aware of the event location just hours before the event.

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