Our 2018 Knight to Shine was held on Saturday March 17, 2018 at DiBurros and was a great success! Thank you to everyone who donated, attended, bid and volunteered time to make this a successful fundraising event for the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center!
In 1988, North Andover Youth Services was established through a state grant of $15,000 that was matched by funds from North Andover residents and businesses. NAYRS began as a one-year pilot program whose purpose was as an information and referral center for high-risk teens in town. Now, almost 30 years later, North Andover Youth & Recreation Services is a vital part of the town. The program serves over 3,000 youth every year. Each year we hold a large fundraising event to support our goals. Some of the key activities that JNHYC, Inc. helps with are social, recreation and counseling programs, youth-at-risk programs, facility maintenance and upgrades, as well as scholarships to the Youth Center and its programs for over 100 kids annually who are unable to afford the $100 membership fee.
At our Knight to Shine event, we present college scholarships to a number of high school seniors. These scholarships are paid for through money raised by our Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, Inc. at our annual auction. At our 2018 Knight to Shine, we presented scholarships to Erin Cieslewski, Haley Fay, Leah Hurley and Amanda Regan. Additionally, we presented Bill Moeckel Memorial Scholarships to Katherine Davis and Sean Kenneally, in memory of Bill Moeckel, a member of the North Andover High School 1985 graduating class, who passed away unexpectedly in October of 2015.
Each year at our Knight to Shine event, we have the chance to honor our Youth of the Year, chosen for their volunteerism to the North Andover Youth Center. Check out more information about our Youth of the Year, Maggie Mottolo, here!