Last Year's Knight to Shine!
Thank you to all who attended our sold out 2019 Knight to Shine at DiBurro's! Thank you to our auction committee led by Hollie Williams, to our Board of Directors and Youth & Recreation Board for their support, and to DiBurro’s for helping pull off such a smooth evening. Thank you to every individual, business, town sports team, and organization that donated auction items and ads, and thank you to our NA residents - for making donations, coming to the event, sponsoring children, bidding on items, and celebrating our Youth Center! All money raised through this event goes back into making the Youth Center and our programs and services better each year.
This is our largest fundraiser each year, and includes a silent auction, live auction, cocktail hour with open bar, dinner, dancing and more! The funds raised at this event go towards new and innovative social, recreation and counseling programs, youth-at-risk programs, facility and equipment upgrades, as well as scholarships to the Youth Center and its programs for over 100 kids annually who are unable to afford the membership fee.
At our Knight to Shine event, we present college scholarships to a number of high school seniors. These scholarships are paid for with funds raised through this annual event. At our 2019 Knight to Shine, we presented JNHYC, Inc. scholarships to Ryan Slattery, Jessica Rosenthal, Sydney Pensavalli, Haley Gove, Hannah Phelan and Katie Murdoch. Additionally, we presented Bill Moeckel Memorial Scholarships to Jake McElroy and Julia Daigle, in memory of Bill Moeckel, a member of the North Andover High School 1985 graduating class, who passed away unexpectedly in October of 2015. The Bill Moeckel Scholarship Fund is raised by Bill's family and friends for two NAHS Basketball players.
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. We were thrilled to recognize our 2019 Youth of the Year, Sydney Pensavalli, at last year's Knight to Shine! Sydney spoke in front of the 350 attendees about the impact the Youth Center had on her life. Congratulations, Sydney! Check out speeches from Sydney and our past Youth of the Year winners here! We're looking forward to honoring our TWO Youths of the Year, Hannah Rogers and Will Servino, at the 2020 Knight to Shine on March 28th!