Thank you for your support of the 2016 Garden Gala! Overall, we raised over $52,000 to benefit the early education programs of Catholic Family & Child Service in Yakima.In addition, your gift helped bring in over $10,000 to purchase equipment for our new early education building. A big thanks to Terry Abeyta for serving as the evening's emcee, and Matt Duffy as our auctioneer!
Over 75% of children do not have access to a formal early learning program during the first 5 years of life the time when their brain is growing and changing most rapidly. Your investment in families during these formative years is truly investing in a better community for the future. Through play, children grow and develop their bodies, language and literacy, problem-solving and cognitive skills, understanding of emotions, and how to get along with others. It provides opportunities for developmentally appropriate and safe play, and teaches parents new skills which can be put into practice at home. This allows caregivers and parents a place to practice activities which support healthy child development for their toddler or preschooler and prepare them for kindergarten. Thank you for being an important part of this.