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Young Life banquet set for April 14

"All hands on deck" is the theme for the annual Lower Valley Young Life banquet set for Thursday, April 14.

The banquet serves as a fundraiser for Lower Valley Young Life, which ministers to about 60 high school students.

The banquet will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Neighborhood Community Church, 385 Allen Road in Sunnyside.

The featured speaker will be Yakima Valley native and resident Dr. Dan Doornink, who practices medicine in the Yakima area.

Doornink is best known for his seven-year career as a Seattle Seahawk running back. During his career, the WSU alum amassed nearly 4,000 yards rushing and receiving combined with 26 touchdowns.

Rachel Carrera is the committee chair for Lower Valley Young Life, and she said the dinner will be catered and there is no charge for the meal.

The idea, she says, is to raise awareness of Young Life's outreach to young people, and raise funds to help them attend summer camp in Antelope, Ore.

Carrera said the fundraising goal for the event is $18,000 so that all 60 of the students can attend the camp.

"These kids are usually from one-parent families," Carrera said. "Many of them have been gang members, kids you would never find in church, that need mentors and role models."

She said there will be an appeal for donations during the banquet.

Reservations for the fundraising dinner are encouraged to help Young Life estimate the number of meals needed.

For more information or for reservations, call Carrera at 840-1424.

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