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Youth Action Hudson hosted its 10th annual Fundraising Breakfast on Nov. 2 at Bethel Highlands Church Campus. Guests bid on silent auction items and enjoyed a catered breakfast. Photos courtesy of Youth Action Hudson1 / 3
(From left): Hudson Police Department Detective Traci Hall, St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, HPD Lt. Geoff Willems, and Hudson Hospital President Tom Borowski at the Youth Action Hudson 10th annual fundraising breakfast on Nov. 2 at Bethel Highlands Church Campus. 2 / 3
Pictured are (from left) Mckaylah Wade, Sydney Rossini, Kelley Nelson, Katie Cardell, and Lilly Seiler at the 10th annual Youth Action Hudson fundraising breakfast at Bethel Highlands Church Campus, held Nov. 2. 3 / 3

Submitted by Youth Action Hudson

Youth Action Hudson hosted its 10th annual fundraising breakfast on Nov. 2 at Bethel Highlands Church Campus. Guests bid on silent auction items and enjoyed a catered breakfast. Attendees also heard from four youth speakers: Katie Cardell, Sydney Rossini, Lilly Seiler and Kelley Nelson, who shared their passion and enthusiasm for current YAH programs.

Meg Heaton had the audience bursting with laughter as she commandeered the live auction portion of the fundraising breakfast. The live and silent auction raised over $5,000 to benefit YAH future youth programs.

New this year, 18 YAH youth assisted at the fundraising breakfast performing various tasks including greeting guests, opening doors, hanging up coats, and selling raffle tickets to attendees.

With the generous help of YAH board members, YAH youth and Bethel Highlands, the breakfast was a success. YAH is pleased to announce the 2018 Gold Sponsors: Xcel Energy, MidAmerica Wealth Management, Eckberg Lammers, Citizens State Bank, Hudson Physicians, Royal Credit Union and Thrivent Financial.

This crucial fundraiser helps support YAH 2018 programs such as Peer to Peer, scheduled Nov. 20-21. YAH youth will travel to all private and public elementary schools within the Hudson School District where they will present to 461 fifth-grade students about self-esteem and confidence.

YAH youth recently established a new program entitled "Eat Well Be Well," through a partnership with the Hudson Family Fresh. The youth create monthly healthy recipes that are distributed alongside donated produce to the local Food Resource Center. From there, the recipes and produce are then distributed to the 13 food pantries throughout St. Croix County.

Lastly, YAH youth continue to volunteer bi-monthly at Grace Place, the St. Croix County Salvation Army Service Extension Unit which provides emergency assistance to individuals and families facing acute financial crisis.

"Grace Place sheltered 232 families. Of those families, 531 were children," Executive Director Duana Bremer said.

YAH youth provide games and activities for the residential children while the adults participate in budgeting and parenting classes. This assistance helps result in 89 percent of the families moving on to permanent housing.

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