2014 December E-Newsletter

A message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends of YATC:

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays, spending time together and sharing the true spirit of the season. We recently celebrated a reunion of the YATC family, which has now grown to more than 600 graduates! As I caught up with former students and their families at the holiday party, I couldn't help but think how grateful I am to be part of the magic of YATC.

With a unique mission set forth by Founder Jim Moran, YATC gives a second chance to young people who others had given up on, always striving to change lives and communities one individual at a time. Thanks in part to the guidance of a dedicated Board of Directors, a generous Advisory Board a talented staff and bighearted friends, YATC's "magic" will continue in 2015. Thank you for believing in YATC. Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

Terry Routley

Car buffs save the date for hot rods to benefit YATC

For more information or to enter your car, click here or call Advisory Board member Joe Aliseo at (561) 452-3684.

Holiday festivities bring YATC family together

The YATC family came together to celebrate the season with more than 600 guests gathering for the holiday party. Students, alumni, staff, board members and their families enjoyed food, holiday music, prizes and of course, a visit from Santa Claus who flew in just for the fun. Each graduate and student received a complete holiday meal for 10 to share with loved ones. A big "thank you" to the volunteers and staff who put together this fun evening for kids of all ages.

Above, David Rager (Class of 2010, right) and Ashley Torralvo brought their daughter Anabella to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Jim Moran Classic celebrates YATC's 30th anniversary

The 2014 Jim Moran Classic was a great success with more than 800 individual donors and companies joining in support of YATC. Leading the pack were Founding Sponsor The Cross Country Group and Super Big Heart Sponsors Auto Carrier Express, Inc. and Jan Moran. Big Heart Sponsors included: 22squared; AT&T; Centurion Auto Logistics, Inc.; EMC Corporation; O'Brien Automotive Team; Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson and Daytona Toyota; TBC Corporation (Tire Kingdom); and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Thanks to all donors, the Classic raised enough funds to cover YATC's full annual operating expenses. All 2014 Jim Moran Classic contributors will be acknowledged in the Spring 2015 Car Tracks newsletter.

In addition to a great weekend of golf and tennis tournaments, raffles and dinners, participants heard the personal stories of two young men touched by YATC. 2004 graduate Christopher Haynes and current student Anthony McClam described their lives, the struggles they have faced and how the program has helped them take a new path. Pictured above, McClam (second from left) and Haynes (second from right) joined NFL legends (from left) Jason Taylor, Joe Montana and Dan Marino, a few of the nearly 60 celebrities who generously supported this year's Classic.

Mark your calendars now for the 2015 Jim Moran Classic on November 13 & 14. We hope to see you there!

Remembering Our Founder

"I'm inspired by these kids every time I visit the school. They have the ability to succeed in life, but circumstances prevent them from achieving. We give them the break they need. And they know that they can always count on us. If times get tough and they need a hand they know where to call. These kids and their families are always part of our YATC family."