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On Centre | Penns Valley: Youth center has high hopes for annual fundraising banquet

April 8 will be a big day for the Penns Valley Youth Center.

The organization is hosting its annual banquet with the hope of raising at least $105,000, said Keri Miller, program and outreach coordinator.

“This is our biggest event of the year,” she said. “Instead of having a lot of small fundraisers, we just have one big one.”

The Penns Valley Youth Center was established more than three years ago and provides services to local kids in seventh to 12th grades.

“We encourage safe and healthy habits,” Miller said.

The center regularly serves about 40 children a week, and 90 more in rotation.

The banquet will include dinner catered by Hoag’s, live and silent auctions and guest speaker Josh Hull — a linebacker in the National Football League and a Penns Valley native.

Miller said she expects more than 220 people to attend the banquet.

“I don’t see it not being a success,” she said. “We put a lot into giving back to the community and have a great group of people willing to help us out.”

She said funds will go toward hiring at least one part-time counselor to meet with students and their families, to add more community service activities and to help pay for a 15-passenger van.

“We’re growing and want to keep up with that growth by doing everything we can to serve the needs of the youth in our community,” Miller said. “We want to help them be the best students they can be.”