Jun 16, 2017

Collier Youth Services Raises Close to $100,000 for their Residential Programs

Collier Youth Services, a non-profit organization that empowers at-risk youth to grow toward their potential in an environment of belonging, dignity, and hope, is proud to announce their success of raising close to a quarter of a million dollars to support Collier’s mission at their 90th Anniversary Celebration Gala on June 8, 2017.

To commemorate 90 Years of Belonging, Dignity, and Hope, Collier celebrated the Ryan Family for their commitment to the Collier mission. In attendance at the event was NJ Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Red Bank Councilman Michael Whelan, along with Collier Board Members, staff and supporters. In lieu of a Live Auction, Collier opted to do a Fund-A-Need that introduced the Sr. Carol Beairsto Residency Fund to support the Collier House and Collier Group Home—a fitting tribute to a woman who dedicated her entire life to providing vulnerable young people with the resources and support to achieve their dreams. The highlight of the evening was hearing the emotional and inspirational accounts of 6 women who were former residents of Collier’s Residential Program. They spoke about their struggles but more poignantly was their explanation of how Collier had positively molded them in to the successful women they are today. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, Collier far exceeded their goal and raised nearly $100,000—to help support the young women in our Residential Program!

“Collier’s 90th Anniversary Celebration Gala was definitely a Time to Remember! Every year Collier must raise over $200,000 for the residential programs. In live auction style we asked our Gala guests to consider making a donation to support the girls in our residential programs.  What a tremendous response we received!” exclaimed Executive Director, Sr. Debbie Drago.  “People are so generous and appreciate that their investment is making a tremendous difference in the lives of our young women, who will not be defined by their challenges but rather choose to build on their resilience and strength,” continued Sr. Debbie.

For 90 years, Collier Youth Services has focused on improving the lives of underserved youth with academic, developmental, and emotional challenges. Collier operates an array of programs, including Collier High School, Collier Middle School, Collier Group Home, Collier House, Kateri Day Camp, and Caramore Farm. Collier’s mission is built on an unwavering belief in the worth and potential of all individuals and their capacity for change. For more details, please visitwww.collieryouthservices.org or call 732-946-4771.