PYC date auction helps local charities

Remi McClain and Casey Briody ask a dating question to one of the contestants of the night, Killian Clancy.

The Philanthropic Youth Council (PYC) hosted a high school date auction on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Boys & Girls Club.

PYC consists of high school students and adult advisors who work diligently to fundraise for local charities.

The event brought together hundreds of Ridgefield high school students from all grades, who enjoyed watching 26 high school guys answer dating questions, queries from “Mom and Dad,” and compete in competitions on stage, including a dance competition, arm wrestling, and even a family feud movie trivia competition — all in attempt to impress the girls.

Remi McClain, president of PYC, and Casey Briody, vice president of PYC, hosted the auction and had a great time engaging the audience and the guys on stage. This was followed by a live auction in which students generously bid on their favorite guy of the night.

Travis Leiter, treasurer of PYC, was the auctioneer for the event who counted the eager audience’s bids for each lucky guy. The couples then talked at the end of the night to plan out their dates.

PYC member Maxine Gorelick expressed her enthusiasm of the event: “Through the hard work and dedication of many, the auction was a huge success. It was so much fun for every member of the PYC and for around the 300 people that came. It was great to see everyone laughing, smiling and enjoying themselves while supporting a good organization.”

“This event would not have been possible without the good natured participation of all of the dates, Cal Kehoe, our intro guitarist and Eastern Lights for dj’ing. The guys had to prepare and be good sports about the fundraising aspect of the night. We also are very thankful for all of the girls who came to donate generously to the PYC’s grant process,” said Remi McClain.

The PYC is glad to have raised such a generous amount of money that will be granted to local charities at our annual grants ceremony in May. For more information or to donate, visit

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