Tuesday, April 19, 2011

And the Winner Is....

The suspense is killing us! Who will be the lucky winner?

5 days ago, we challenged you to participate in our first ever Central Park Challenge fundraising contest!

For every $50 that you raised over the past 5 days, we've entered you to win a brand new SONY Blu Ray/DVD Player!

Special shout out to our friends at Klearview Appliance for donating this generous prize! 
We have been completely blown away by all of our friends and supporters who participated in the contest. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And now... the moment you've been waiting for....
(drumroll, please!)

Congratulations to
Katie Vanspeybroeck!

Katie is a staff member at the YAI Network's 22nd Street Residence in Manhattan. Support Katie's terrific fundraising efforts by visiting her Personal Page!

Great job to everyone who participated! And don't forget, you still have 45 days (and counting!) until the Central Park Challenge to reach out to your networks and ask them to support your fundraising goal. Go ahead - get creative with those fundraisers!

And most importantly.... have fun!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Only a few hours left in the Central Park Challenge Contest!!

We hope you've had fun participating in the $50 in 5 Days Contest! We have been completely blown away by the amount of enthusiastic supporters who have gotten involved and entered the contest. Are you one of them?

There is still time!
For every $50 that you raise online on your Personal Page before 9 a.m. tomorrow, April 19th, you will be entered to win a SONY Blu Ray/DVD Player, generously donated by our friends at Klearview Appliance. The more money you raise, the more chances to win!

So get back to emailing friends, family and coworkers and bring those donations in! Don't forget to use the YAI facebook application to make your fundraising efforts even easier.

The winner will be announced tomorrow, April 19th, at 12 noon RIGHT HERE on our blog.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It’s Time to Play… $50 in 5 Days!

Can you believe how close we are getting to the main event? That’s right… April 15, marks...

To kick off the final countdown, we’re inviting you to participate in the first-ever Central Park Challenge Fundraising Contest: $50 in 5 days.  Think you’ve got what it takes?

From April 14-18, for every $50 that you raise online on your Personal Page, you will be entered to win a SONY Blu Ray/DVD Player, generiously donated by our friends at Klearview Appliance. (Thanks!!)

The more money you raise, the more chances to win!

Get started by reaching out to friends and family by email or with the YAI facebook application. The drawing will take place on Tues, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. The winner will be notified and instantly be the envy of all their friends when they are recognized right here on our Central Park Challenge blog!

What are you waiting for? 5 days to raise $50 (or more!), and 50 days to rally all your friends to join you in the park!

Got questions? We've got answers. Contact cpc@yai.org.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Calling All Fashionistas!

When we heard about the chance to get 15 and 20-percent off coupons at Lord & Taylor, we were excited. But then we heard we could also raise money for YAI just by shopping! We were so thrilled that we headed straight to the blogosphere to share this great news with you!

Here is the scoop: 
YAI’s Long Island Employment Services has teamed up with the Lord & Taylor in Garden City, Long Island for their “Shop Smart. Do Good.” Fundraising Day on Tuesday April 12th

Participate in the event by purchasing a $5 ticket and you will receive a 15% OFF Savings Pass which can be used throughout the day on almost everything in
 the store – including cosmetics and fragrances.

But wait – there’s more! 

You’ll also receive a 20% OFF Coupon good for any item of your choice.

The best part is that in addition to you receiving exclusive savings, 100% of the proceeds from the event ticket sales will go directly to supporting people with disabilities through YAI's programs, services and events like the Central Park Challenge!

To take advantage of this opportunity, purchase tickets in advance from lordandtaylor.comBe sure to select the YAI Network – Long Island Employment Services as the organization that you are supporting.

Need help or have any questions? Contact Lauren at lauren.siegel@yai.org or at 516-338-4450. 

What are you still doing here? Head over to lordandtaylor.com to purchase your ticket and get ready to shop ‘til you drop!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Last Sunday's Polar Bear Plunge was a huge success!  Team Bear Bait, formed by over 30 staff members from YAI's Queens, Westchester, Brooklyn and Manhattan residential programs, braved the Atlantic with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club to show their Central Park Challenge support. 

Congratulations to Team Bear Bait, who has already raised over $5,000 towards their Central Park Challenge goal! And a special thank you to the more than 50 YAI staff members and friends who came out to Coney Island on Sunday to cheer for Team Bear Bait as they took the plunge.

Check out a slideshow of the terrific photos from the event!