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Return of the Westfield Yellow Tie Gala

Screenwriter / Renée Larr
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Yellow is often described as the color of happiness, optimism, energy, warmth and sunshine. It happens to be the only color that Westfield’s first mayor, Andy Cook, can see due to color blindness. In 2010 Cook hosted the first ever Yellow Tie Gala to benefit the Westfield Youth Assistance Program (WYAP). Rather than calling it a black-tie gala, he chose the moniker as a nod to the only color he can see.

The signature event returns for its 12th year on October 8 at the Bridgewater Club, with a mission to raise $200,000 to support Indiana’s first-ever youth relief program.

“The money we raise at the event goes directly to our program and is spent on the children of Westfield,” says Janelle Campbell, President of the Yellow Tie Gala event. “Kids in our program might need a new pair of shoes, tutoring, mentoring, or braces. Some might need help funding a summer camp so they can stay engaged over summer vacation. There are a whole series of reasons why children come to us.

There will be food, drink, live music, games and merriment throughout the evening. Campbell describes the event as a mini Zoobilation. Local restaurants and bars including Grindstone on the Monon, Quack Daddy Donuts, Urban Vines Charleston’s Yellow Tie Galaand more, will be posted everywhere, offering small bites of their food. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Guests will receive a signature cocktail upon arrival. The FlannelTones provide the soundtrack to the evening with 90s rock and grunge favorites.

WYAP, a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 2009, is an advocate for early intervention for youth ages 3 to 17 who face difficult life circumstances at home and at home. school.

“This event injects money into our community and helps fund WYAP,” Campbell said. “The program has proven to be very effective in helping to keep children out of the juvenile system. Several years ago they expanded the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center because there were so many children and youth in the system. Once our program started and the surrounding areas started their own programs, the number of children and young people dropped significantly.

The event is formal and cocktail attire is suggested with optional black tie. Guests are encouraged to accent or wear the color yellow. Tickets are $175 per person. Each ticket includes a signature cocktail, food stations and live music. Additional purchases include a wine raffle ($20 per bottle), Last Tie Standing game with the chance to win $1,000 cash, live auction andYellow Tie Gala cash bar.

The Bridgewater Club is located at 3535 East 161st Street in Carmel. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

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