A unique fundraiser for the Neosho Freeman Family YMCA will be coming up on Thursday, April 4.

The event – which is called the Staff Social Sampler — will be held at the home of Shannon and Missy Christal, from 6-9 p.m. that day. Food and drinks will be provided by the YMCA staff to help raise funds for the 2013 Strong Kids Campaign.

This is not the first time the Y has presented this fundraiser.

"It is a series of fundraisers called 'Be Our Guest.' Tickets are normally $50 a person, and all of that money goes toward our Strong Kids Campaign," said Johanna Rowe, community relations director. "This year, we decided as a staff to host one ourselves to get people more interested in coming to these 'Be Our Guests' so it is a social event. Tickets are half price ($25 each). All of our staff, management team is providing all of the food and drinks for our guests and basically to just come out and have a good time and helping raise funds for the Y."

During the event, participants will be treated to a variety of hors d'oeuvres including little sandwiches, meats and cheeses and little desserts, along with drinks.

"Anybody who wants to attend they can come out to the Y, purchase a ticket, and then we will give them
directions to the location," she said. "So instead of a sit down dinner, people can come and go, chat with people, a good networking thing, seeing different people in Neosho that they may not have an opportunity to sit down and talk with. It will be a good time."

As stated, the proceeds from the event go directly to the Y's Strong Kids Campaign to help advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More importantly, the proceeds stay in the community, having a direct impact on residents right here in Newton and McDonald counties.
So what is the Strong Kids Campaign?

"Our Strong Kids Campaign is our scholarship program, in which we provide scholarships not only to kids, but the families as well and adults who can not afford YMCA membership or programming, and so as a financial aid it helps support those people who are not able to pay in full amounts," Rowe said. "So giving everyday an opportunity to participate in programming and membership."

The Y encourages adults 21 and up to attend. Ticket prices can be purchased at the Y or on the Y's website www.ymcaswmo.org under upcoming events.