Annual MAYC auction, raffle set for June 10

The Mahomet Area Youth Club is hosting their Annual Celebration, Live Auction and Cash Raffle drawing on Friday, June 10, at the Elks Pavilion at Lake of the Woods.

“This event has really grown in the past couple of years,” Joe Bails, MAYC president, said. “Many of our supporters love the variety of ways in which they can actively support MAYC by coming to the Celebration, donating or purchasing an item at the live auction and buying raffle tickets.Someone said it best when they described celebration as great people coming together to have a good time for an excellent cause.”

The celebration will include an all-you-can -eat buffet, wine, beer and beverages. Tickets are $50 each. People are encouraged to make their reservations as seating capacity is limited to only 200 people.

“We would love to have as many people come who would like to attend,” said Mary Vita Rosmarino, executive director of the Mahomet Area Youth Club, “but we learned that to ensure people have an enjoyable time that we need to limit the number of people at the event. We have already started getting calls about the event and people who are interested in making reservations.”

Rosmarino said this year, parties reserving a table for eight will receive a discount of $100.

“It sounds odd that a nonprofit would offer a discount, but our donors are our customers. Like us, they feel the economic pinch, and this year, we want to show them just how much we appreciate their support.”

The same concept was applied to the sale of raffle tickets. Raffle tickets were dropped from $25 to $10 per ticket.

“To increase the odds of winning, if you buy $50 worth of tickets, we will give you six chances; buy $100 worth of tickets, you will get 13 tickets. We know that some people can be superstitious about the number, so we’re referring to it as a ‘baker’s dozen,’” Eric Thorsland, MAYC vice-president, said.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the office at (217) 590-2860, or by going online
When asked about auction items, Rosmarino stated that for the first time, auction items will be featured on a MAYC website.

“People have been contacting us about donating auction items, and we wanted to find a way to feature the items on the web.”

Items included for the auction range from a Army/Navy Game getaway weekend, professionally framed wildlife photos taken by Bill Hunsinger of Two Gone Wild, and a football been signed by past Illinois Football coaches.

“After the auction, we will be modifying the website and continuing our promotion of items to show our support of those who have helped us,” Rosmarino said. “When people do for you, you have got to try and do your best for them”.

One unique feature in this year’s auction is the very first MAYC Parents’ Club “Family Basket.”
 The basket was put together by members of the MAYC Parents’ Club.

Lisa Mann, mother of MAYC members Kara and Julie, and one of the founding members of the MAYC Parents’ Club pointed out that like any parent, “We love our children, even through the ‘tougher times.’ We want to see our kids thrive and grow into kind, compassionate, well-rounded, intelligent adults. We care about where they go and what they do. We want them to feel safe and protected. We want a place where our kids can play, have fun, make friends and be themselves-while still learning to respect themselves, others, property and rules.

“We want the Mahomet Area Youth Club to be all of this and more, a place that can thrive and be a benefit and asset to our children and the community. This is why we are jumping in, getting involved and getting our hands dirty. We love our kids and believe in the Club”.

Celebration and raffle tickets can be ordered online by going to the MAYC website at, by email at, or by calling (217) 590-2860. VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted.

The Mahomet Area Youth Club served 170 youth between the ages of 6 to 18 in the last membership year and offers after-school, teen and summer activities.

The mission of MAYC is to encourage and train young people to develop their individual gifts and to be responsible citizens and programming is provided in five core value areas: Character and Leadership Development, Life Skills, Health and Nutrition, Creative Arts and Expression, and Sports and Recreation.

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