A NOTE FROM OUR CEO, PAUL HASTINGS
Each year on my birthday I make a wish – a wish that every child wishing to attend the Youth Rally has the financial means to do so and that, once they get there, they have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that keeps them coming back year after year. It is the best way I know how to honor the thousands of campers and counselors whose lives have been touched by the Youth Rally in its 38 years of existence.
Year after year, thanks to the recruitment efforts of our tireless volunteers, we host campers and counselors from all over the US and Canada, and from as far as the UK, Belgium, and Russia! We are all about “You are not alone.” We offer supportive programming that boosts self-esteem and gives these teens the tools they need to be independent and thrive in a world that embraces their diversity and celebrates their accomplishments both as campers at Youth Rally but also as adult counselors at the very place that served them as campers.
Please join me in helping a kid attend this year’s Youth Rally at the University of Washington, Seattle, for our 38th year! The cost for tuition for one participant is $425.00 – now add travel expenses and the price for one child can quickly exceed $1200.00!
Words alone can never express the gratitude I feel for your generosity when looking into the eyes of a child who is realizing, perhaps for the first time, that they are not alone in this world – that the very thing that makes them “different” makes them AMAZING!!!!!
THANK YOU so much for your help and support of our very special rally. With Love and Respect and Gratitude for what you do to give to our kids,
All the best,
Paul J Hastings
Chairman & CEO, Youth Rally Committee, Inc.
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