SARASOTA, FL – In mid-January, Personalized Estate Liquidation Benefiting Youth, Inc. (PEL) hosted a private concert at the Sarasota waterfront home of John and Shelly Corey. The event featured Michelle Malone – an Atlanta-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer – and her four-piece band. “Rocking the Roof for Our Youth,” which featured, food, friends, adult beverages and a beautiful sunset on the bay, raised $17,000 in support of the Sarasota YMCA’s Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Youth Shelter.
The Youth Shelter provides temporary housing and safe care for youths ages 10-17 who have run away, are experiencing family conflict, or have been locked out of their homes. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; there are 20 beds available. According to YMCA leaders, at least 90 percent of the youths reunite with their families or find suitable living arrangements; while in the shelter, all have their counseling needs met. while in the shelter, all have their counseling needs met.
PEL, a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and PEL Consignments, LLC, its affiliated company, run estate sales from people’s homes or from its 9,400 square-foot store. It accepts donations or consignments with a minimum value of $1,000. PEL handles sales from start to finish — advertising, staging and running the sales. Donating and shopping at PEL enables the nonprofit arm of its operations to help a variety of causes that support youth in the community, including the Sarasota YMCA Youth Shelter, Booker High School Foundation, Faces of Accomplishment, Forty Carrots Family Center, Child Protection Center, Community Haven, and Mothers Helping Mothers.
“We are thrilled to be having a banner year, which enables us to give more money to the youth at risk in our community,” said PEL board president Sharon Kenworthy. “We enjoy supporting the YMCA Youth Shelter because we know the funds are going to help kids taken out of their homes. My own granddaughter was there so I understand the important things they do and what wonderful stewards they are of the money we give them.”
For more about the Sarasota YMCA’s Youth Shelter, go to sarasotaymca.org/youthshelter or call 941-955-5596.
About Sarasota YMCA
The Sarasota YMCA is a nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen; healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, we work to make sure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information, visit sarasotaymca.org or call 941-951-2916.
About Personalized Estate Liquidation Benefiting Youth, Inc.
The issue of youth-at-risk in our community is serious. Through estate sales, PEL – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit – has dedicated itself to helping those most in need. For more information, call 941-993-8757 or visit personalizedestateliquidation.com.