26th Annual Awards Evening on May 24 Celebrates Napa County's Resilient Youth

26th Annual Awards Evening on May 24 Celebrates Napa County's Resilient Youth in Napa County on Monday, May 24, 2021
26th Annual Awards Evening on May 24 Celebrates Napa County's Resilient Youth in Napa County on Monday, May 24, 2021
Monday, May 24, 2021, 1745 - 1900
Napa County High School students who have demonstrated exceptional courage in overcoming extraordinary challenges will be honored during a virtual annual awards evening on May 24 hosted by If Given A Chance (IGAC).

Free registration for the "Courage and Light" event is now available at ifgivenachance.org/may24. Those attending have the option to sign up for a silent auction to benefit the IGAC program that assists students through college or vocational programs with financial, educational, emotional, and moral support. Over the past 25 years, the non-profit organization has supported over 400 students who have gone on to thrive in their chosen careers.

One of these former students David Diaz will be the keynote speaker. Eighteen years ago, Diaz was a Napa County high school student who faced many challenges, including being raised by a single mother who was battling cancer. After being selected by IGAC for mentoring and financial support for his education, Diaz graduated from Stanford University with dual degrees in political science and communication and today works as the global expansion lead for mobile game developer Supercell.

The event, from 6-7:15 p.m., will also feature testimonials from high school students being supported by IGAC; a cameo appearance by IGAC alumnae Gianna Peralta, who is employed as an infection prevention manager at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa; and entertainment by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Skyler Jett. Jett will be accompanied by Victoria Theodore, known for her work as keyboardist for Beyoncé. Those registering can also order an optional dinner from La Cheve Bakery and Brews, which is owned and operated by IGAC alumnae Cinthya Cisneros. Attendees are encouraged to sign on early at 5:45 p.m. on May 24 for a pre-event show.

"We have chosen the theme Courage and Light for our annual event because of the courage that our students show in breaking cycles of abuse, overcoming addiction, leaving gangs, managing physical and emotional disabilities, and overcoming poverty and the light that shines from our successful alumni," said Allison Haley, Napa County district attorney and president of IGAC.

About If Given a Chance

If Given A Chance identifies Napa County high school juniors who have overcome extraordinary challenges and demonstrated a commitment to continuing their education and supports their positive path to success. IGAC helps students regain their sense of self-worth, emotional balance, and independent living skills through mentoring, life-skills training, and financial assistance. IGAC provides ongoing support as these students navigate the challenges obtaining a college degree or completing a vocational training program.

IGAC believes in the transformative power of education, mentors and role models to change lives and create new pathways for success. IGAC helps students achieve job security, increased earning potential and provides support for a healthy future.

For more information, contact: Janna Waldinger at 707-260-5656 or info@ifgivenachance.org

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