Since 1992, Victoria’s Youth Empowerment Society (YES) has been advocating on behalf of the city’s street youth and providing services to meet the needs of youth in the Capital Region. Now celebrating 20 years in the community, YES offers a broad spectrum of programs including counseling, outreach, referrals, assistance with health issues, emergency response and even meeting basic needs such as clothing, food and shelter.
In 20 years, YES has grown from a handful of employees with a $200,000 budget to more than 60 staff with an annual budget of almost $2 million dollars.
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For the third year in a row, the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria is hosting their delicious Souper Bowl luncheon fundraiser to benefit YES on Tuesday, October 30th. At this time of year, nothing provides comfort food like a bowl of hearty soup. The Souper Bowl fundraiser features a soup lunch prepared by regional master chefs, lively music and an auction featuring wonderful donated prizes – everything from trips and dining to exquisite giftware and floral arrangements.
The highlight of each Souper Bowl is the number of celebrity-autographed soup bowls that are also up for auction. Past celebrities have included Cory Monteith, Elton John and Trevor Linden. This year’s auction features unique soup bowls from Michael Bublé, Snoop Dogg and Bryan Adams.
Tickets for the Souper Bowls are $25 each and are now on sale and can be purchased at The Bay Centre’s Guest Services, Ivy’s Book Shop in Oak Bay, Tanner’s Books in Sidney, at the door or by phoning (250) 383-3514. For more information, visit the Souper Bowl online or learn more about YES through their official website.