Youth for Christ Morris recently held their Gala of Hope. This annual dessert night is a fundraiser to support all the enriching programs provided for local youth at the drop-in centre. The night included performances by Master Works Dance Studio, a Bible version of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”, songs by the Psalmify worship team, and table after table of delectable desserts. Above, members of the drop-in youth perform the skit, “The Chair”.
Morris Youth for Christ - or Café 75 as it’s officially dubbed - recently enjoyed a full house at their annual dessert fundraiser.
The event brings in much-needed financial support for the drop-in centre, a place where local youth can hang out, form friendships and learn about the love of Christ.
It’s a safe place where kids can go to find wholeness, healing and freedom. Through programs such as Supper Club for Grades 7-12, Psalmify for junior high to career age students, and Zone for kids in Grade 5-6, youth learn how to connect with one another and with God.
Morris YFC also provides great summer activities such as skating, BMX biking, canoeing, camping, paintball, and other sports.
This year’s fundraiser was called Gala of Hope, and guests helped themselves to absolutely every kind of dessert you can think of.
They also enjoyed performances by the Masterworks Dance Studio performance team and hip hop crew, and music by YFC’s own Psalmify worship team.
Executive director Jack Wiebe says they’ve had a great year. “We are serving close to 60 kids a week and they’re all so willing to give back to the community.”
The annual dessert night is the key fundraiser for the centre.
“It’s also where we get to showcase what we’re doing in the ministry to our partners and thank them for supporting us. We can’t do this without them. As you can see, they’re definitely there for us. We were expecting 200 people, and we had over 270 attendees, which is amazing.”
Wiebe says it was a very youth-oriented performance this year, showing how God is with us in the past, present and the future.
“We’re always so inspired by the youth, and by the community support. I’d like to thank them for that, and to also thank Jesus. Our main goal is to show the hope and potential that comes with knowing Him and how much He cares for you. He has a plan for you and a purpose for everyone.”