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Celebrating 45 Years: Together We Shine Highlights

45th Anniversary Recap

Anchor House recently marked 45 years of serving youth with a truly special evening of celebration. Nearly 200 guests gathered at Mercer Oaks for an inspiring event. A highlight of the evening was hearing from youth honorees and shining stars Zack, Rebecca, Zena, and Shanese. With the support of our sponsors, guests, and donors, we raised more than $43,000 in support of our mission!

The event honored the Rue Foundation, the Golis Family, and Pastor Rupert A. Hall, Jr. for their outstanding commitment to youth and the community. Arthur Sypek and Joe Yuhas, two Anchor House co-founders, were also in attendance, along with Assemblyman Dan Benson.

Lisa Rue, Rue Foundation (center), poses with Kristie Sells, Anchor House Board President (left), and Kim McNear, Anchor House Executive Director (right). The Rue Foundation was one of the evening’s honorees, receiving the Philanthropic Angel Award.

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Golis family smile for the camera. The Golis family was one of the evening’s honorees, receiving the Champion for Youth Angel Award.

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Rupert A. Hall, Jr. smiles among the crowd. He was one of the evening’s honorees, receiving the Community Advocate Award.

 

 

 

Youth honoree Shanese (center) poses with Kim McNear, Anchor House Executive Director (left), and Kristie Sells, Anchor House Board President (right).

 

 

Youth honoree Rebecca speaks at the celebration event.

Youth honoree Rebecca speaks at the celebration event.

 

 

 

 

Youth honoree Zack (right) poses with Jay Neiderman, Anchor House Residential Coordinator (left).

 

 

 

Youth honoree Zena (center) poses with Kim McNear, Anchor House Executive Director (left), and Kristie Sells, Anchor House Board President (right).

 

 

 

Anchor House leaders and co-founders pose with Assemblyman Dan Benson. From Left to Right: Arthur Sypek, Anchor House Co-Founder; Kim McNear, Anchor House Executive Director; Kristie Sells, Anchor House Board President; Assemblyman Dan Benson; Joe Yuhas, Anchor House Co-Founder.

 

 

Members of the Anchor House Board gather together for a group photo.

 

 

 

 

Members of the Anchor House staff gather together for a group photo.

 

 

 

Kristie Sells, Anchor House Board President, announced that Anchor House was awarded a three-year Street Outreach Program grant from the Administration for Children & Families after a year without funding. The program will be relaunched this year to return to previous levels of service. Anchor House provides the only Street Outreach Program in Mercer County targeting youth.

We sincerely thank everyone again who joined us and all who are celebrating with us! Please visit the “Get Involved” section of our website for info on how you can volunteer, partner with us, donate, work with us, and even more ways to stay involved. Together, we can continue to help youth and young people shine bright for years to come.