Bacon Street Youth and Family Services’ fundraiser, “An Evening for Bacon Street Masquerade Gala,” comes to the Two Rivers Country Club Friday.
Stephanie Wills, development director for Bacon Street Youth and Family Services, said the organization helps adolescents and their families with substance use and mental health issues.
“(Bacon Sreet) works with the youth holistically and includes their families in treatment, group sessions and education,” Wills said.
“We see clients from being court ordered, all the way through to being released and substance-use free.”
Recently, the organization received a large grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, but Wills said it will help adolescents who are homeless or in precarious housing situations.
“(The grant) does not include any of our education or prevention services or any of the additional groups that we have, so any additional funds that we are raising are going to make those (services) available,” Wills said. “So those funds will make all of those wrap-around services available to all the locations including Gloucester, Yorktown-Poquoson, and Hampton-Newport News.”
According to a news release from Bacon Street, last year’s gala raised almost $80,000. This year’s fundraising goal is $100,000.
One program that will benefit from the gala is Bacon Street’s new Neighborhood Outreach Programming, which provides preventative education programming.
“(Bacon Street has) started to build relationships with at-risk youth in low-income neighborhoods, and they expect us and look forward to us coming two times a week into their neighborhoods for programming, homework help, for just positive adult relationships,” Wills said. “And I have personally experienced and enjoyed those interactions — these kids aren’t in crisis but there’s potential so we are trying to get ahead of (that) so it doesn’t get to crisis.”
As for the fundraiser itself, Wills said this is the first year Bacon Street’s Gala has a theme.
“It is going to be a masquerade, so we are excited about that because it's going to add a little layer of fun and mystery to the event,” Wills said.
The gala will include dinner, live music and a silent and live auction. Wills said items for the auction were donated by individuals and businesses.
Some of the donations include photography sessions, manicures and massages, a Pure Barre membership and golf for four at Kingsmill Resort.
“We have a guest artist coming to donate a piece that they will do at the gala so that is a big thing, but we won’t say who so it can be a surprise,” Wills said.
In addition to a good time, Wills said the party is a celebration of Bacon Street and the lives it has impacted.
“There’s a lot of positive interactions between supporters and staff and board members,” Wills said. “It's a time for everyone to get together and celebrate what (Bacon Street) has accomplished in the last year and what our goals and dreams are for the next year — and some heartfelt sharing of the message and what we do.”
Want to go?
An Evening for Bacon Street Masquerade Gala starts with a silent auction at 5 p.m. Friday, with other programming beginning at 7 p.m. at the Two Rivers Country Club, 1400 Two Rivers Road.
Tickets are $85 for individuals and $160 for couples. Purchase them at baconStreet.org/gala or by phone at 253-0111.
Can’t make the event? You can still bid on the silent auction items starting Monday at bidpal.net/bacon.
Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.