Movie stars and Hollywood converged on First Baptist Church of Maryville recently when Young Life had their annual fundraising banquet.
The event happened on Sept. 25 with the theme “Hollywood, Meet the Stars.” In addition to a fundraising event, it was a time for old and new families and staff to get together and catch up, Young Life staffer Jessica LaFoy said.
“The fundraising aspect of the evening goes toward the ministry,” said LaFoy. “It’s our annual budget that is needed to make Young Life happen.”
“The evening was hilarious and moving. High school kids served the meal along with their leaders, and it was a time of great reunion with friends,” she said. “It was a great night.”
LaFoy said Young Life, which has been in Blount County for 25 years, has had a fundraising banquet for more than 20 years.
Approximately 250 people attended the banquet. New area director Clay Bagby, who started on the job Aug. 1, spoke to the audience.
Young Life is a non-denominational outreach ministry for high school kids all over the world. “We have local areas in Blount County consisting of 40 volunteer leaders who give their lives away so that high school kids in Blount County can know Jesus,” she said.
LaFoy said a lot of the leaders do Young Life because they are passionate about high school kids. “These are not necessarily kids who walk into church. We go after the kids who are furthest out, and it’s a relational ministry. We get to know them and go to where they are, go to their turf and get in their lives by sharing our lives with them,” she said. “Our greatest hope is they get to know Christ.”
LaFoy said that every Monday night Young Life has clubs held all over the county in people’s houses. “We have a couple hundred kids come. Our leaders have relationships with thousands of kids in the county. They spend time with them, go to eat with them,” she said. “Our leaders are so involved in the school that kids know them. They know what Young Life is.”