More than 20 area bakeries and restaurants will contribute goodies of all kinds for the Springfield Christian Youth Ministries’ 20th annual spring dessert banquet fundraiser. CONTRIBUTED

Springfield Youth Ministries serving up dessert for a good cause

You’re on your own for dinner, but Springfield Christian Youth Ministries has got dessert covered on Monday, April 9, and Tuesday, April 10.

The group’s 20th annual spring dessert banquet fundraiser will have treats from more than 20 area bakeries and restaurants at 7 p.m. both evenings at the Hollenbeck Bayley Arts and Conference Center.

Admission is free. There will be an opportunity to contribute financially to the program.

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For the past two decades, the dessert banquet has built a reputation as a go-to event.

“People really enjoy the desserts and to hear from the kids,” said Eryca Payne, SCYM office manager and program director.

Cupcakes, cake pops and endless other treats will be among the offerings.

“We’re very happy to have many returnees and excited for new ones like Le Torte Dolci,” Payne said.

SCYM executive director Faith Bosland will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.

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SCYM’s afterschool STARS program serves more than 600 area elementary and middle school students with the help of 250 volunteers who aid with homework, reading and other areas.

The evenings will include showing several videos capturing what the students have accomplished in the past year and a special 20th anniversary video of SCYM history, including board members and founding members.

Payne said the program has grown over the last seven years and the group hopes to raise about $40,000 over the two nights to continue serving the kids. She’d also be pleased to have more volunteers or others who’d like to help their efforts.

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RSVPs are requested for the program at 937-325-6183 or crushtheodds.org. Even those who aren’t able to RSVP ahead of time will not be turned away.

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