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2014 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting

Posted by RAYA Staff on Oct 29th, 2014
Filed in: News

The 2014 RAYA Annual Meeting was held Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Older Persons’ Commission.

Presentations were made by the municipal sponsors of the program, along with local business owner, Ravinder Sani, Tim Hortons of Rochester. The focus of the meeting was “The Community Tapestry That Weaves Us Together.”

Mr. Dave Zemens was recognized as the 2014 RAYA Volunteer of the Year for his service as a RAYA Board Member and to the RAYA website.

2014 Annual Meeting Program

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2014 Fire It Up for Youth

Posted by RAYA Staff on Apr 29th, 2014
Filed in: News

The “Fire It Up For Youth” Spaghetti Dinner and Pancake Breakfast was held January 24-26, 2014 at the Rochester Fire Department during the Rochester Fire & Ice Fest. After enjoying the many winter activities offered at the Rochester Fire & Ice Fest, families stopped by the Rochester Fire Department and enjoyed a spaghetti dinner on Friday and Saturday or a pancake breakfast on Sunday…all prepared by the Rochester Firefighters. Many guests who attended the breakfast participated in a Brooksie Way 5K race that same morning.

A very special thank you to the Rochester Fire Department, Kohls, Costco and Meijer (Marketplace Blvd.) for their support and donations. All funds raised during this 3-day event will benefit the programs and services offered by RAYA. We hope to see everyone again January 23-25, 2015!






2010 Fire & Ice

2014 Youth Recognition Award Banquet

Posted by RAYA Staff on Jan 23rd, 2014
Filed in: News

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Rochester Area Youth Assistance honored 29 youth at the 40th Annual Youth Recognition Banquet. The event titled “Little Seeds, Big Deeds” was held at the River Crest and is co-sponsored by the Rochester Area Optimist Club.

Honorees, their families and community members enjoyed a special presentation by Ms. Kristin Penrose, Miss Mid-Michigan Outstanding Teen, followed by a buffet dinner and awards presentation. 2014 Honorees represented Rochester Adams High School, Stoney Creek High School, A.C.E. High School, Rochester High School, Van Hoosen Middle School, West Middle School, Baldwin Elementary School, the International Academy and Notre Dame Prep.

The students were recognized for their involvement and dedication to many organizations, including Common Ground Crisis Line, Crossroads Correction Center, First Congregational Church, Heart to Hart Mentor Group, O.A.T.S., Project S.H.A.L.O.M., the Rochester Adams Gay-Straight Alliance, Rochester Area Neighborhood House, SCAMP, to name a few.

The Judith Coats Memorial Award was awarded to a senior, Jasman Sidhu, Rochester Adams High School, for her personal resolve and community service. A $500 scholarship was awarded to one deserving senior by the family of Judy Coats. Judy was a member of the RAYA Board of Directors from 1991 through 2009. She is remembered as a dedicated volunteer to Youth Assistance and, especially, the Youth Recognition Program.

Pictures from this special night can be viewed at http://danteetor.zenfolio.com/raya2014.


2013 Halloween Spaghetti Dinner

Posted by RAYA Staff on Oct 29th, 2013
Filed in: News

The 2013 Halloween Spaghetti Dinner was a big success! Here are some photos from the evening.




Tri-Rails to Trails

Posted by RAYA Staff on Aug 29th, 2013
Filed in: News

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2014 Tri-Rails to Trails Bike Ride scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2014 has been CANCELED. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The first Annual Tri-Rails to Trails Bike Ride Fundraiser was held on Saturday, August 10, 2013. The event began at Second and Elizabeth Streets in downtown Rochester. Riders had the option of riding three trails – Paint Creek, Macomb Orchard or Clinton River Trails. All riders who participated were eligible for a drawing (all items were donated by our many special contributors). It was a beautiful day, and everyone is looking forward to the 2014 Tri-Rails to Trails coming in August 2014.

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2013 Fire & Ice – Thank You!

Posted by RAYA Staff on Feb 12th, 2013
Filed in: News

Thank you to everyone who attended the “Fire It Up for Youth” Spaghetti Dinner and Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser held January 25-27, 2013 at the Rochester Fire Department during the 2013 Fire & Ice Fest. Families enjoyed a dinner prepared by Fire Chief John Cieslik and the Rochester Firefighters. All funds raised at this event will be dedicated to programs and services offered by Rochester Area Youth Assistance to meet the needs in our community.

A special thank you to the volunteers, who without their efforts this event would not have been possible: Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik and the Rochester Firefighters, Kohl’s volunteers, students from Stoney Creek and Rochester High Schools, and everyone else who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Thank you to our Fire It Up for Youth Donors: Sam’s Club, Auburn Hills; Hollywood Market, Rochester Hills; Chicken Shack, Rochester; Trader Joe’s, Rochester Hills; Meijer’s, Marketplace Circle, Rochester Hills; and to Kohl’s, Rochester Hills.”

Donate to RAYA with PayPal

Posted by RAYA Staff on May 20th, 2010
Filed in: News

Good news!  RAYA can now accept donations online using the secure services of PayPal.  The news even gets better.  You don’t need a PayPal account to make your donation.  PayPal accepts major credit cards, too!

Your donations are very important to the continued success of RAYA.   Without your help many of our programs would be unfunded and at risk youth in our area would suffer as a result.  When deciding how to spend your charitable dollars please consider making a donation to RAYA.

Thank you!

RAYA Rolls Out New Website

Posted by RAYA Staff on Mar 26th, 2009
Filed in: News

Rochester Area Youth Assistance (RAYA) is pleased to announced the roll out of our new website. Please take a look around and stop back often to see what’s new in our community.

Special thanks to David Zemens of 1955 Design for providing the website development, registration and hosting.

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