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YARN Foundation Fundraiser Set for Saturday

Founders John and Deborah Anthony hope the event, dubbed Jump Start, will do just that for their plan to open a not-for-profit community center in Montgomery. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Family YMCA in Oswego.

John and Deborah Anthony have a dream. And on Saturday, they hope to move that dream one giant step closer to reality.

That dream is called the YARN Foundation, a not-for-profit founded by the Anthonys, who live in Plainfield. YARN stands for Youth and Restoring Nations, and the foundation’s goal will be to offer a positive influence to as many kids as possible.

The YARN Foundation has secured a building at 71 Boulder Hill Pass, next to in Montgomery, and plans to offer GED classes for those looking to complete their education, and a community center called the Cave, where they will offer a free after-school program, counseling, a pregnancy crisis center and other services. They hope to open their doors in June.

But to do this, they need about $113,000. And that’s where Saturday comes in—the YARN Foundation will kick off for real with a fundraising event called Jump Start, held at the on Washington Street in Oswego.

This will be the YARN Foundation’s first big step into the sunlight, and John Anthony said he is nervous and excited. Anthony said they’re expecting about 350 people, and will have a silent auction featuring about 70 items, donated by 42 different sponsors from around the area. (A full list is here.) Dessert will be provided by , and beverages by .

John and Deborah Anthony said they are thrilled that so many donors have come together to support their efforts. And about 50 volunteers have given of their time to help out, they said.  

“It’s encouraging to know that the community cares about what’s happening,” Deborah Anthony said. “It’s been a motivating factor to keep going. We know we’re doing the right thing.”

The Anthonys said ServPro of Kendall County has volunteered to help build out the YARN Foundation facility on Boulder Hill Pass, but they still need materials—drywall, studs, computers for the technology lab. That’s what the money raised at Jump Start will largely go to, John Anthony said.

This is not the first time the Anthonys have worked in the non-profit field. Six years ago, they started Chosen Daughters of Destiny in Chicago, an organization that works with public schools to enrich the lives of young girls. The couple has spent much of their life savings setting up the YARN Foundation, John Anthony, a Kendall County police officer, said, but they believe in the dream.

And if they don’t reach their fundraising goal on Saturday, they promise they’ll keep at it.

Deborah Anthony describes the YARN Foundation as “an opportunity to be a part of something greater than yourself.”

“We want to let people know that they can make it, they matter,” she said. “If we change one life, we’ve been effective. Of course, we want to change more than that.

Jump Start begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for Jump Start are $10 per person, and $100 per table, and can be bought online here. If you don’t buy a ticket in advance, Deborah Anthony said they won’t turn you away—you’ll be able to pick up a ticket at the door.

For more on the YARN Foundation, check out their Facebook page and their website.

John D Anthony March 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Great article, Andre...
Meah C. Wilson March 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Congratulations to the both of you!! God bless your success as you reach new heights in Jesus name!!
High Voltage Landscaping March 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I truly believe the YARN Foundation will make a great impact on all communities it is going to reach. John and Deborah Anthony are truly a God send to the youth of today, there are not many people who still care enough to want to give the youth of today a chance to be someone and go on later in life to also make a change in society. I hope that the fundraiser will be a total success and I will be there. There is an old saying…. it takes a village to raise a child, well the Anthony’s and the YARN foundation are that village, lets help them be a village and help raise our children !! I will see you Saturday @6pm to help raise our youth, will you be there?
Billie Beyer March 30, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Congratulations John and Deborah! I think that's so AWESOME that you guys are involved with the children in the community and are willing to help in any way possible! Best of wishes to you both on your success this Saturday!
Nina-Marie March 30, 2012 at 09:07 AM
What an amazing beginning in your new journey! YARN is bigger than even you realize and I know your toes are just stepping into the water, but YARN will ride the waves of great success. So godly proud of you both, and humbled by the plethora of gifts that you bring to the table. Richard Smallwood ... "At The Table!" Find the song, and jam on!

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