Philadelphia, PA, March 27, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Always Bet on Youth, emceed by NYC comedian and VYH alumni Monroe Martin, will include casino games, a silent auction, and live jazz music. Mr. Martin is a former Philadelphia foster youth who uses an honest and open approach to joke and storytelling that universalizes his experiences. His intellectual and hysterical perspective resonates and has earned him respect among his peers in the New York City comedy circuit.
The evening’s Individual Achiever, Patricia A. Coulter of the Urban League of Philadelphia, is a committed community leader who has devoted much of her career to leadership development for African Americans and advocating for civil rights and economic and education equality. Five Below will also be honored as Community Achiever. Five Below has been a staunch supporter of VYH’s Backpack Challenge for the last several years, and in 2013 contributed to the collection of over 2,700 backpacks.
"Always Bet on Youth provides critical funding for tools and services needed for Valley Youth House to support homeless and foster youth in Philadelphia as they become productive and self-sufficient; it's a safe bet with a big payoff," says Annette Duranso, President and CEO of Valley Youth House.
Since 2010, Always Bet on Youth has raised over $77,000 to support independent living and housing services for approximately 1,500 homeless and foster care youth. These young people face isolation, homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and exploitation as they struggle to make their way into adulthood. With the help VYH’s support, career planning, mentoring, life skills training, housing and budgeting assistance, they are able to break the cycle and become productive and successful adults.
Ace of Hearts sponsors are Liberty Property Trust and Cozen O’Connor; generous support is being provided by Environetics, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Turner Construction Company, Pennoni Associates, Penntex Construction, the Deep Waters Fund, and Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
Food for the event will be provided by the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District and Ms. Goody Cupcake; an open bar with wine and beer will also be available. Tickets for the event are $95 for individuals, $180 for couples, and $45 for young professionals age 30 and under.