Valley Youth House Presents 5th Annual "Always Bet on Youth" Casino Fundraiser

Valley Youth House (VYH) will host a casino-themed fundraiser to support homeless and foster youth in Philadelphia on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 6-10 pm at Union Trust. The Roaring 20’s-themed event, presented by Liberty Property Trust, will include casino games, a silent auction and recognition of several honorees.

Philadelphia, PA, March 13, 2015 --( "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.

Sharmain Matlock-Turner will be recognized as the 2015 Individual Achiever. In her role as President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Ms. Matlock-Turner is committed to improving life changes for youth and young adults, which includes providing them with access to safe havens, education and jobs. Ms. Matlock-Turner also serves on the board of several local nonprofits that support young adults and foster care youth.

Comcast will be honored as the 2015 Community Achiever because of their dedication to supporting the Philadelphia community, especially young people. To that end, Internet Essentials by Comcast was created to provide affordable internet services to low-income families to help them overcome the digital divide.

Safiya Washington will be recognized as the first-ever Young Achiever, awarded to an outstanding young person who has shown dedication, commitment and positivity in their transition to independence. Ms. Washington is a junior at West Chester University, where she is studying biology.

Since 2010, Always Bet on Youth has raised over $120,000 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. Valley Youth House provides support, career planning, mentoring, life skills training, housing and budgeting assistance that enables youth to break the cycle and become productive and successful adults.

Liberty Property Trust is the presenting sponsor for the event; Cozen O’Connor, Macro Consultants LLC, Trinseo and Comcast will provide King of Hearts sponsorships.

Food for the event will be provided by Finley Catering and beer was generously donated by Iron Hill Brewery. Tickets for the event are $100 for individuals, $185 for couples, and $60 for young professionals age 30 and under. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please contact Valerie Johnson at or (215) 925-3180.
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