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YLD raises over $700 at Annual ACBA End of Summer Bash for Traveling Science Program

Each year, the YLD hosts an Annual ACBA End of Summer Bash (otherwise known as the Summer Send Off), which historically has only been the typical cocktail happy hour. The YLD has only hoped to break even in hosting this event in past years.

This year, the party took place at WINGCRAFT. It started out no differently than any other - cocktails were flowing promptly at 6:00p.m. and WINGCRAFT kept the food coming all night! WINGCRAFT, which already boasts over 30 craft beers on tap, set up a buffet that included white truffle mac 'n' cheese, various flatbreads, chicken tenders sauteed in several different homemade sauces, salads, and chicken and beef sliders. What could be better, right? Well, WINGCRAFT stepped it up a notch by letting our guests take home doggie bags (more like doggie TRAYS) of food, free of charge!

Most importantly, thanks to the generosity of Nick Ballias, owner and operator of WINGCRAFT, YLD was able to raise over $700, all of which will be used to fund the YLD's newest charitable/community outreach project - the YLD Traveling Science Program!

The YLD has hired the Franklin Institute Traveling Scientists to visit two schools in Atlantic City - New York Avenue School and Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School - to perform four interactive science shows for the first through fourth graders at each school on Wesneday, November 4th, 2015.

When brainstorming many months ago about what charitable/community outreach project it wanted to do next, the YLD thought of taking as many underprivileged students as it could to the Franklin Institute Museum in Philadelphia. However, the logistics and finances just didn't make sense - it would cost thousands of dollars for just two school buses, which can only hold a maximum of 100 students, to take students to the crowded museum filled with other hoards of students on school trips and members of the public. We wanted to give the students a more specialized and personal experience, beyond a simple trip to the musuem. After working with the Franklin Institute, the YLD decided upon the Franklin Institute's Traveling Science Show program, from which the YLD's Traveling Science Program was born.

On November 4, the Franklin Institute will perform its most popular and now famous "Weather" show, during which students will not only get to interactive and perform science experiments with actual scientists, but they will also help the scientists create an indoor tornado! The shows will be performed for a total of over 500 students, and each show will be tailored specifically to each age range.

Shows are scheduled as follows: 9am and 10am at New York Avenue School; 12:20pm and 1:30pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School. We invite all ACBA and YLD members to stop by either school to watch the shows and represent the ACBA/YLD.

Thanks mostly to Nick Ballias and WINGCRAFT, the YLD is once again able to provide underprivileged and disadvantaged students in Atlantic County with a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that they otherwise would not experience. The YLD would like to publicly thank Nick and his staff at WINGCRAFT for being so easy to work with, for making the End of Summer Bash itself a success, and for being generous enough to allow the YLD to raise $700+ for its Traveling Science Program.

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