Leadership York to host Flavors of York

YORK — Flavors of York County will be taking place on Thursday, April 11 at, the Holthus Convention Center. Running from 4:30-7 p.m., the event will consist of vendors from around York County bringing their favorite dishes to sample. The night will also have donated items being raffled off, as well as a cash bar. A wide variety of vendors will also be present, some of which include La Cocina, Wallflour Cakes, Junction Pizza and PK’s Revival.

Josh Gillespie, a member of the Leadership York Class, explained, “Flavors of York is hosted by Leadership York. Leadership York is a nine-month program to identify leadership skills and abilities among participants. The participants are encouraged to take on leadership in the community upon completion of the program. Flavors of York is just a way for Leadership York to give back to the community.”

“The community support we have experienced with putting this event together has been impressive,” Laura Bjerrum, 2024 Leadership York participant stated. “People know the proceeds are going to fantastic organizations and have been more than willing to donate or help where they can.”

Net proceeds from 2024 Flavors of York County will be going to BraveBe Child Advocacy Center-York and the York High School Animal Science Lab.

Jason Hirschfeld, high school ag teacher, was excited to hear the YPS animal science lab was chosen as one of the 2024 recipients. “Our plan is to use the money to continue developing our animal science lab, linking lab applications with current curriculum. Our hope is to create real life experiences and career exploitation for students.”

Paige Piper, executive director of BraveBe, talked about the many ways the donated funds will be used. “BraveBe is so grateful to be the beneficiary of Flavors of York! The funds raised through this event will directly support our response services for child victims of abuse and neglect. We are deeply moved by the community’s efforts to elevate the voices of children in crisis. In 2023 alone, we assisted 4,489 children in southeast Nebraska, underscoring the impact of every dollar raised. Thank you, Leadership York, for making a difference!”

Some of the many items that will be available during the raffle include a Blackstone Grill from Black Hills Energy and Ace Hardware, a party pass from York Parks and Recreation, and a golf bag from Midwest Bank.

Large donations from the community and businesses, such as Collins Aerospace, Dan’s Construction and Cornerstone Bank, play a major role in the success of the night, Gillespie said.

Amanda Singleton, 2024 Leadership York participant, expressed her excitement for Flavors and York County. “We’re really looking forward to helping make an impact for these organizations and all those they serve.”

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