Philomath Youth Activities Club
Philomath Youth Activities Club (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

It’s always nice to hear these stories of people coming through to help an organization in need.

The Philomath Youth Activities Club reported last month that for the first time ever, it sold all of its tickets for the vacation raffle fundraiser. Eddie Van Vlack sent out an upbeat email thanking those who donated vacation stays, the volunteers that sold tickets and all of those who purchased tickets.

“We all know that 2020 has been a trying year for everyone to say the least … we would like to recognize how incredible this community that we live in really is,” Van Vlack wrote. “The support that you have shown our organization and thus the youth in our community has been nothing short of remarkable.”

Van Vlack said that although we’re living in uncertain times, he is certain that PYAC will not go away and survive the pandemic.

“Our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are all very committed to doing everything that we can to make sure our organization not only survives but grows and becomes stronger,” he said. “The minute that it is safe to do so and we are given the green light to resume programming for our youth we will be doing so. If ever there has been a time that our youth need a safe place to go and positive programs that allow them to grow, mature and develop meaningful relationships it is now.”

By the way, Ken Jones won the vacation raffle’s grand prize. Other winners were Geoff Hyland, Mike Bussard, Victor Bovbjerg and Leslie Weeber.

Now, Van Vlack is already looking to next year’s raffle.

“We are already in the process of planning next year’s raffle, so if you have or know anyone that has a timeshare, vacation home or anything that you feel would add to this fundraiser we would love to hear from you,” he said. “There could be a tax benefit for the donation but most importantly you would get the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a positive impact on the youth in our community.”

(Daily Scoop is a blog published by the Philomath News. This blog often contains news items but also could include opinions of Brad Fuqua, publisher/editor).