Over $ 80,000 raised for YES to YOUTH during the 5th annual “Shelter for Shelter”
THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands showroom was lit up with purple lights and fun DJ music on the evening of June 10 as the fifth annual ‘Shelter for Shelter’ fundraising event entertained kids. invited as he raised a whopping $ 82,665 total for YES YOUNG PEOPLE.
Presented by Richmond Realty Group RE / MAX The Woodlands & Spring, this year’s event raises significant funds to support youth shelters and counseling p
YES to YOUTH (formerly known as Montgomery County Youth Services) is a non-profit organization that provides crisis counseling, residential accommodation programs, mental health services, prevention services and empowering young people to strengthen families, to teach young people that they are worth it, they deserve safety and security, and they will be successful in life.
Proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales and donations made during the event will be primarily used to support the charity’s mental health and homelessness services, which are currently the top pressing priorities, as well. as to fund the ongoing needs of the shelter expansion such as utilities, food, clothing and daily living supplies.
Zach Richmond, who is Chairman of the Board of Directors of YES to YOUTH, created the ‘Shelter for Shelter’ fundraising event in 2017 with his business partner (and stepmother), Marlys Mulkey, both of Richmond Realty. RE / MAX Les Bois & Printemps group.
Almost doubling its original target, this year’s fundraising success was attributed to the 200 or so caring people in attendance (with COIVD-19 safety precautions in place) and over 50 sponsors.
Guests mingled and networking while enjoying delicious food and libations graciously served at stations decorated with tablecloths by Black Walnut, Chick-fil-A – College Park, Fielding’s, Glade | Properties of Tiffany, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, Southern Star Brewing Co., Tommy Bahama and Truluck’s.
Charming emcee Hunter Strong took the stage for the second year in a row to rally the crowd and facilitate comments from Zach Richmond and YES to YOUTH CEO Dannette Suding and COO Penny Wilson. Strong also helped present each sponsor with an Appreciation Medal with a ribbon as they walked across the stage with a round of applause.
With a mission to raise an additional $ 5,000 overnight through on-site donations, which was not only met but surpassed, Zach kept his promise by singing “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen in an Elsa costume. in the blonde wig. with his wife, Rachel, who wore a full Olaf costume.
“We are more than delighted to have such fundraising support from this year’s Shelter for Shelter attendees,” said Dannette Suding, CEO of YES to YOUTH. “The unwavering support from Zach and his team at Richmond Realty is helping us save children’s lives and help them build better futures. With Covid, we have seen a huge increase in requests for services. This support will allow us to help more children and save more lives.
Each year, the Richmond Realty Group donated a percentage of its commission on each home it sells, up to a total of $ 25,000, to YES to YOUTH as part of the annual Shelter for Shelter ”.
This year’s sponsors included: Woodlands Online, Woodlands Chamber, Woodforest by Johnson Development, In Loving Memory of Scott Wolford, * Wolford Group, Waste Connections, Truluck’s, Tommy Bahama, Texas Engineered Roofing, Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry – Dr. Guy M. Lewis, Superior Renovations & Construction, Stull Inspections, Strike, * Starfox Financial Services, St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital, Spinal Care Chiropractic, Southern Title Texas, Southern Star Brewing Co., Sergio’s Landscaping, Michael & Vicki Richmond, RE / MAX The Woodlands and Spring, Prime Lending, Nebular Films, Moore of Everything, Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, Mama Lycha Foods, * The Madalyn Cooke Foundation, Lone Star College, Liz Grimm Public Relations, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, The Kimball Group Insurance Services, Keridon Fitness, Kean Miller, The J. Beard Real Estate Company, I Promote You, Hunter Lee Strong, Haynie & Company, * Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery, Fred Greene and Rudy Wentzler, Graphic Design FX and LIVE LOCAL, Gracepoint Homes, Glade | Tiffany Properties, Agent Ryan Gable, Frontrunner Consulting Group, The Flying Locksmiths, Fielding’s, The Everson Family, Derrick Bryant Photography, CommunityBank of Texas, City Place Relocation, Chick-fil-A – College Park, Budget Blinds, Boone’s Restoration Technology, Blanton Advisors, LLC, Black Walnut, and America’s ER. (* indicates 5 year returning sponsors).
YES to YOUTH services include individual, group and family mental health counseling; presentations and school boards in crisis situations; suicide prevention among youth and families; BridgeWay emergency shelter for young people (for ages 10 to 17); street awareness for homeless adolescents; and Healthy Support Program for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents.
To learn more about YES to YOUTH – Montgomery County Youth Services, visit www.sayyestoyouth.org and visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sayyestoyouth/ or call 281.292.6471 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. YES to YOUTH also offers a 24/7 crisis line at 1.888.756.8682.
To learn more about Richmond Realty Group RE / MAX The Woodlands & Spring, visit
www.RichmondRealtyTX.com and visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichmondRealty.
Pictured left: Dannette Suding, CEO of YES to YOUTH; Brooke Baugh and Ann Wolford of Wolford Group; Rachel Richmond (in Olaf costume from Frozen) of Richmond Realty RE / MAX The Woodlands & Spring; Mindy Reynolds and Penny Wilson of YES to YOUTH; and Zach Richmond and Marlys Mulkey of Richmond Realty RE / MAX The Woodlands & Spring. (photo by Derrick Bryant Photography)