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YANA is generously upheld by the spirit and kindness of the Comox Valley. Check out what is going on and learn about amazing supportive efforts taking place within our community. We respect the privacy of our individual donors, as such this is a sampling of donations where public acknowledgement is appropriate.

Office closed February 9 due to snowfall and road conditions

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Our office at 102 – 2456 Rosewall Crescent is closed on Thursday, February 9th due to snowfall and road conditions. Messages will be checked and urgent matters handled remotely. We apologize for any inconvenience.

You Are Not Alone’s Big Love Benefit Goes Feb. 24

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You Are Not Alone Comox Valley is looking forward to hosting the Big Love Benefit on Friday, Feb. 24.

Over 300 guests will fill the Florence Filberg for an evening filled with friends, fun, and the spirit of giving. A silent auction and a delicious dinner by Tria Fine Catering will be followed by a heartfelt photo presentation by McKinnon Photography featuring a YANA family. A raffle for WestJet tickets and an exciting live auction led by Dave Stevens will add to the fun along with some other surprises.

“There is a lot of excitement around this event,” says YANA board director Lauren Clark, who is in her second year on the planning committee. “We want it to feel as special for everyone who attends as it is for us.”

“It is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” adds YANA president Judy Cryer. “So naturally it is very important to our organization, but it is also a real celebration of the community that comes together throughout the year to support YANA families.”

Photography by John Bonner courtesy of McKinnon Photography

Photograph by John Bonner courtesy of McKinnon Photography

YANA provides funding and accommodation to local children under 19 and pregnant mothers who need to travel outside the region for medical care. YANA maintains four furnished apartments near BC Children’s hospital in Vancouver and also provides accommodation in Victoria, Nanaimo, and other treatment locations. YANA’s funding and emergency programs assist families with some of the expenses of being away from home, such as food and travel.

This year You Are Not Alone marked its 30th year of service in the Comox Valley. YANA was founded by Sandra Williams after she experienced the sudden illness of her daughter and many months of subsequent medical treatment in Vancouver. Her vision of supporting local children and creating a home away from home for Comox Valley families in similar circumstances was realized in 1986 when YANA became a registered charity.

“Thirty years is really an amazing milestone!” says Clark. “It speaks volumes about who we are as a community.”

“I couldn’t be prouder to be continuing Sandra’s dream or prouder to live in the Comox Valley,” added Cryer.

To be part of the generosity that is required to host such an event, you can donate an item or service for the auction. Consider getting a group of colleagues, friends or teammates together to donate jointly. Or help cover event expenses by becoming a sponsor of the Big Love Benefit. Please call 250-871-0343 or email events@yanacomoxvalley.com for further details.

Interested in attending? Tickets go on sale Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. and are sold online through YANA’s online ticket store. Tickets are $75 each. Last year tickets sold out in five minutes so mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks.

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A shout-out to the White Whale for offering such fun events and including YANA in the festivities. We were thrilled to be part of your New Year’s celebration.

White Whale New Years Prohibition Party 20162017

A big thank you to Branch 160 of the Royal Canadian Legion and to the Ladies Auxiliary. Your commitment to YANA is deeply appreciated.

Comox Legion 2016 Donation

Sweet Kylie celebrated her 8th birthday with a toonie party for YANA. Thank you!

Kylie 8th birhday toonie party

Thank you to the Playhouse Café for hosting a fundraiser for YANA and showing us lots of love.

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Our gratitude to Robert A. Couture who sold the most adorable stuffed bears as a fundraiser for YANA.

Robert A. Couture Christmas Teddy Bear Fundraiser

Thank you to Division 8 at Puntledge Elementary School for sharing some of the proceeds from their recent entrepreneur fair. Creative, caring kids rock and so does their teacher!

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Thank you to Tom Harris Cellular who hosted a winter BBQ and braved the winter weather to raise funds for local children and families.

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Thank you to everyone who added YANA Christmas crackers to their holiday festivities and congratulations to the grand prize winner!

Much appreciation to the Driftwood Mall, Heather Tisdale, tree sponsors and tree buyers. Thanks to all of you, the 2016 Christmas tree auction was a tremendous success!

Thank you to everyone who donates their recyclables through the Comox and Courtenay Return Centres. Isn’t it wonderful that we can convert cans and bottles into funds for local families?

Thank you to the Comox Valley Airport Commission who offers a jump-start service to customers by donation to YANA.

Thank you to Susan Carson from CIBC Wood Gundy for donations through Canada Helps.

Thank you to Mason Walker from Re/Max for his special program in support of YANA.

Much appreciation to Zone 2 Realtors for their donation to YANA this Christmas.

Thank you to the Union Bay United Church for making a donation to YANA this December.

Our gratitude to the Comox Valley Potters Club for sharing proceeds from the sales of their beautiful wares.

Thank you to Jesse’s Cartoons who generously donated to YANA in support of local children and families.

It sure is meaningful to receive donations in honour of special people. This past month a child’s first Christmas was honoured, a courageous young client was mentioned, loving parents were acknowledged, friendship was honoured and the memory of a loving mother was shared with us. Thank you for these love notes accompanying donations.

Tickets for 2017 Big Love Benefit available soon

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Be part of the big love surrounding Comox Valley children and their families by attending the 2017 Big Love Benefit on February 24th. Tickets to our annual dinner and auction will be available Sunday, January 22 at 10am and can only be purchased through YANA’s online ticket store.  Tickets are $75 each. Guests are grouped into tables of 8. You can purchase up to 8 tickets and you will be seated together. YANA will organize seating for individuals or smaller groups. Tickets sell extremely fast. We hope you can join us!  More information here.

YANA Christmas crackers sold out at all locations

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YANA Christmas crackers are sold out at all locations. The sparkly grand prize donated by Mark the Gold Guy has yet to be claimed so keep your eyes peeled for a special red coupon when you are cracking these festive delights open. We look forward to hearing from the lucky winner. Thank you for supporting this heart-felt Comox Valley tradition!

Big love and thanks to Iyla Powsey for hosting a pottery and bake sale with proceeds to YANA. Such talent and kindness!

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We were thrilled to be the beneficiary of Shoppers Drug Mart’s campaign for women’s health with all funds raised directed to our program for pregnant mothers who need to travel outside our region for their medical care. Thank you with all our hearts!

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Thank you to Sweet Santa Fe (Michel Rivero and Christine Baxter) who shared their musical talents with YANA for the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at the Mex Pub. A shout-out to Bruce and Judy Wing for hosting these fantastic evenings!

Our gratitude to Tayco Paving for their annual donation to YANA. What a wonderful commitment to local children and families!

Tayco Paving Staff Christmas Party 2016

Thank you to the Comox Valley ATV Club for hosting a charity barbeque for YANA.

Comox Valley ATV Club

Thank you to Lucy Nelson and her Grade 2 class who visited our office and filled our space with good vibes and great artwork. Many thanks to Hugh Mackinnon and Judy Cryer for sharing their time with these students from Brooklyn Elementary.

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Our gratitude to a very special YANA donor who knits blankets for our YANA babies. We love Granny Loree!

Thank you to all vendors and volunteers who are helping sell Christmas crackers.