Carmel Youth Aid Program raises $82,000 at annual gala – Hamilton County Reporter


Thanks to generous sponsors and community support, the Carmel, Design Bright Futures Gala was a great success for the Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP), which will receive over $82,000 in donations from the sold-out event. held on April 30 at the Ritz Charles.

Carmel resident and former professional basketball player Scot Pollard hosted the evening’s festivities. (Photo courtesy of the City of Carmel)

The Carmel Gala offered an evening of dinner, dancing, ring tossing, bike and bling raffle, silent auction and dessert for attendees while raising valuable funds to benefit the private organization non-profit CYAP. More than 300 people came together to celebrate the work the organization has done over the past year and learn more about what’s planned for the future.

The evening was hosted by Carmel resident and former professional basketball player Scot Pollard. Attendees viewed a video generously produced in-kind by Adam Grubb Productions that highlighted the organization’s work in the city. The event also featured a silent auction and “Dessert Dash” where guests bid on candies donated by bakeries and confectioneries around Carmel and nearby communities.

The Carmel Gala would not be possible without the support of the generous sponsors who are committed to the mission of the Carmel Youth Assistance Program. Special thanks to the following supporters:

Jessica Kruckeberg tries her luck at the Ring Toss during pre-dinner cocktail hour. (Photo courtesy of the City of Carmel)

Gold Sponsors

  • Adam Grubb Media
  • City of Carmel
  • NextGear Capital

Name the sponsors

  • Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Funeral Home
  • Carmel City Council
  • Sent, Inc.
  • Krieg De Vault
  • Northview Church
  • Kirsh & Kirsh, PC – Indiana Adoption
  • Somerset CPAs and Counselors
  • The Estridge Family Foundation
  • United Consulting
  • Wallack Somers & Haas, PC

Media sponsor

Photo courtesy of the City of Carmel

About the Carmel Youth Assistance Program

CYAP was founded in 2015 to serve as an early intervention advocate for young people aged 3 to 17 in Carmel who face difficult life circumstances. Since its inception, CYAP has received over 850 referrals to Carmel. CYAP is one of six organizations under the umbrella of the Hamilton County Youth Aid Program, which was founded in 2009.

Each YAP has the same mission to serve their respective communities across the county, including Fishers, Hamilton Heights, Noblesville, Sheridan and Westfield. ACAP’s early intervention advocates work with local schools, police, firefighters and other community leaders to accept referrals from youth and families in need. Advocates identify community resources available to these families such as food and clothing assistance, camp and recreation opportunities, mentor matches, tutoring and counseling services.

If you would like to donate, volunteer, or learn more about ACAP, go to


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