It was a beautiful night for members of the Yorktown Congress of Teachers and for the Yorktown Food Pantry on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The annual Tip a Teacher event the staff of the Yorktown schools replaced the staff of Traditions 118 Restaurant and donated all the tips to Yorktown Community Help which feeds over 80 local families a month.
Nearly 300 guests and diners showed up and "tipped the teachers" over $2,600 which was added to Tradition's donations making the grand total for the evening $3,183. The YCT will add this to their own donation and to the money they collect via their "dress down" fundraiser on Nov. 9.
Last year, the YCT donated $5000 to the food pantry, but this year's total is sure to exceed that considering the Tip a Teacher event surpassed last year's total by more than 50%.
YCT president, Sean Kennedy, was "proud of the teachers, clericals, social workers, and teaching assistants who worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to create what turned out to be a truly inspiring event. As we all struggle together - teachers, cops, workers, neighbors, parents, and community businesses - to navigate through these hard times, it feels great to be able to give back to the community that supports us and our students."
Yorktown Community Help is located in the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center on Commerce Street. YCH is one-hundred percent volunteer run and accepts donations and non-perishable foods. The YCH Food Pantry is open on the third Wednesday of each month.