Boots and Bling set to benefit Westfield Youth Assistance Program

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The Westfield Youth Assistance Program board didn’t see a need for a black-tie event.

“We want people to be comfortable and casual and have fun,” said Alison Van Natta, event committee chair. “People have been to enough stuffy charity events. We want it to be something relaxed and fun.”

The second Boots and Bling fundraiser is from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 21 at Van Natta’s Sur Real Farms, 181 W. 161st St. in Westfield.

Van Natta has been on the WYAP board for more than five years. WYAP was formed in 2009 to serve as an early intervention advocate for youth ages 3 to 17 who are facing challenging life circumstances

The casual attire event is centered on a reverse raffle.

“There are 100 people entered in the raffle, so it’s a relatively small event,” Van Natta said. “Everyone is assigned a number, and you eliminate numbers throughout the evening. We then get down to the top 10. We have giveaway prizes for everyone eliminated from that point, and then we have a $5,000 grand prize.”

Van Natta said several restaurants donate gift cards.

There is a live auction, a disc jockey and a dance floor. There is an open bar and catering by Keltie Domina.

“The DJ has done a lot of these reverse raffles, so he is a huge help with the night,” Van Natta said.

Van Natta said last year’s initial Boots and Bling raised nearly $20,000, after expenses, for WYAP.

“Through incredibly generous donations, we were able to donate a high percentage of proceeds back to the program,” Van Natta said.

Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets, visit youthassistance.org/reverse-raffle-ticket/2019

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