YPT’s Board had a Blast at the Gala (and Hope You Did, Too)

YPT held our first-ever Giving Voice Award Gala on Saturday, February 9, at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. YPT staff, board members and friends gathered for a night of food, drinks, great music by local band Suspicious Package and more in honor of world-renowned playwright Paula Vogel. Hear from members of our Board of Directors as they look back on the event and look toward all the work YPT will do for local youth as a result of the funds raised and supporters gained. Then, read the words of YPT alumna Reyna Rios in a poem she wrote about her experience with YPT, which she read on stage at the gala.

Essence Newhoff and her daughter

“I’m still in awe of everything — the power of Paula’s inspiration, the amazing number of people supporting YPT, the stunningly decorated space, the delicious food, the stupendous sounds of Suspicious Package!” – YPT Board Member and Chair of the Giving Voice Award Gala Committee Essence Newhoff

Karen Kok and friends“The YPT Gala was an amazing night of celebration and fun for all!  Thank you to our growing YPT family, friends, generous donors and supporters for making it such an awesome success!  We look forward to your continued support in bringing the magic of YPT’s arts education to more students in our local youth community and giving them an opportunity to share their ideas, dreams and creative voice through the inspiring art of playwriting.” – YPT Board Member Karen Kok

Miriam speaks at the gala“What a great night!  YPT’s first Giving Voice Gala was a hit. It was a gala weekend with Paula Vogel as our Giving Voice award recipient. Paula attended several YPT events over the weekend:  meeting with DC theater enthusiasts, working with our talented YPT students on a writing workshop, and receiving her award at the Gala on the 9th. It was an incredible celebration and show of support for YPT’s award winning arts education programming. Also, the gala offered out-of-this-world food, amazing live music (the band, Suspicious Package, starring our own board member, Bryan Greene) and a fun silent auction!  Congrats to the entire YPT team for making the weekend a huge success, and to all the donors, sponsors and attendees who are helping to ensure that YPT continues its important work to improve the quality of education for DC area students.” – Miriam Gonzales, Chair of the YPT Board

A place of kindness
A place of acceptance
A place of inspiration
A place of admiration
A place of laughter
A place where no one is the master.
A place where everyone’s ideas count
A place where you are free to shout!
A place where collaboration is key
A place where I am free to be me
A place where you are not alone
A place where you aren’t afraid of the unknown
A place where everyone is family
A place where you are free to lose your sanity
A place where you are part of a whole
A place where you are pushed to write more
Invest in YPT and you are allowing me to
keep this small place I call home.

– Reyna Rios

Reyna Rios reads her poem

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