The Coronavirus Couldn’t Stop Quad-City Residents From Supporting Local Foster & At-Risk Youth
Quad-City Community members come together to raise money for Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation and Arizona Resin Teaching Services -2 local nonprofits supporting foster and at-risk youth in Yavapai County.
By MONA STEPHENS
They say “the secret to success is speed of implementation.” This means the quicker you act on an idea the more likely you are to achieve it.
That’s the exact mindset that Mona Stephens of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation (YC4KF) and Jason Pudney of Arizona Resin Teaching Services (ARTS) took on when they decided to plan the Bob Ross Paint Challenge fundraiser.
“If this was something Prescott wanted, it wouldn’t be hard to tell”
Both YC4KF and ARTS viewed the Bob Ross Paint Challenge as a “test” and because of this, the duo gave themselves 3 weeks to plan and execute it with only a $30 budget!
“If this was something Prescott wanted, it wouldn’t be hard to tell and then we could scale the event in the future” Mona Stephens said as she described the rationale behind the timeframe.
A Turn For The Worse
Two weeks into planning and the Coronavirus exploded into a pandemic. Ticket sales for the Bob Ross Paint Challenge slowed down while 50% of attendees canceled their RSVPs. In the days before the Paint Challenge, events all around the Quad-Cities shut down.
“We really didn’t know whether or not to have the event but (at the time) the CDC announced events of 50 or less would be safe. With the event being under 20 people, in total, we decided to follow through with our “test.” Mona of YC4KF reported.
Victory For The Kids
Despite losing half of it’s projected attendees, the Bob Ross Paint Challenge was a success.
“Thank you so much for the fun evening last night. Everything was so well organized. The food was delicious, too. I love my Bob Ross socks and the funny “English” fellow who passed out the trophies”
-Joyce L. a Paint Challenge participant
The event Brought in nearly $500 for the nonprofits to use to advance their missions helping at-risk and foster youth, locally. Between participants having great fun, the small turn out, and local foster and at-risk youth programs receiving needed funding, the nonprofits view the event as a small victory.
About The Nonprofits
Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is a nonprofit based in Prescott, AZ that serves the unmet needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children who are in the care of the Yavapai County Juvenile Court – Prescott and qualified youth who have aged out of that court’s jurisdiction. The Foundation also supports the work of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program and its volunteers.
Arizona Resin Teaching Services is a nonprofit based in Chino Valley, AZ that provides at-risk youth with a safe environment to express themselves through different art mediums.
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