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Around Town: Millennials' glittering YOT Club night helps kids have Christmas

December 13, 2017 Updated: December 16, 2017 at 8:02 am
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YOT Club: Joni Williams, Dradi Wicklund, Shanon Wright, Jessica Squatrito, Mairis Maestas, Laura Hill 111817 Photo by Linda Navarro

Millennials glittered and sparkled in their holiday best as they partied the night away. It's a tradition, the YOT Club evening.

Making it even more special, the more than 600 young adults arrived at The Mansion nightclub Nov. 18 carrying bags of new toys, stuffed animals and books for 1,500 children. YOT, volunteer elves explained with a smile, is TOY spelled backwards.

The amazing final count, said organizers Aidan Ryan and Chad White, was 1,111 toys and games, 603 books, 600 bears and more than $14,000.

Books went into 350 Stockings for Kids at Early Connections Learning Centers along with the plush bears donated by Kay's Jewelers. Several hundred bears also went to the Police Department, CASA, Partners in Housing and TESSA. And 1,100 toys went to low-income students at Aragon Elementary School in Fountain-Fort Carson District 8.

YOT Club: from left, Emily Irwin, John Ireland, Mary Garcia, Sheana Shea 111817 Photo by Linda Navarro
YOT Club: from left, Emily Irwin, John Ireland, Mary Garcia, Sheana Shea 111817 Photo by Linda Navarro 

Money donated pays for low-income children to participate in field trips each week during Early Connections Learning Centers' Summer Program. Donations also went to Southern Colorado Youth for Christ for its volunteer work with youth in the juvenile justice system and their families. It will help provide gifts and parties for more than 250 youths in six facilities.

As the night went along, with circus performers high above the crowd and the band going strong, business sponsors chuckled as those of non-millennial age quietly slipped out early. Not so the partiers.

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