The Captain’s Affair Recap

Thursday, October 17, the Creative Youth Center hosted its first ever pop-up fundraising dinner. The proceeds of the evening went right back to the CYC, benefiting the students we serve. Guests were instructed to come attired in black-on-black-on-black for a night of macabre festivities. The event was hosted at Reagan Marketing + Design, just down the street from the CYC.

The venue, decorated by CYC staff and volunteers, featured a fog machine, a spooky movie and a cornucopia of fresh fall flavors created by Tommy Fitzgerald and Brian Gerrity. Party-goers dined on deviled eggs and a create-your-own caramel apple bar while they were regaled by the night’s entertainment: a play called “The Haunted Library,” written by students at Baxter Community Center and starring Sarah Jean Anderson and Tommy Allen. Allen also acted as the event’s emcee, thrilling attendees with his warmth and humor. Local writer and GVSU professor, Todd Kaneko, shared a flash fiction collection titled “B Movie” and Marcel Price of the Diatribe performed a passionate piece of spoken word poetry.

In addition to the entertainment, Bridget Cheney, principal of Congress Elementary, spoke about the CYC-led workshop that was held at Congress the previous school year. Cheney cited the differences she could see in the students enrolled in the program, reflected on how much she supported the work of the CYC, and asked others in attendance to do the same.

Captain H. Tanny, whose attendance was requested in the Seychelles Islands that evening, would like to thank all those who came out to help the CYC and his beloved adventure store.

The Captain’s Affair: Location Revealed!

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 12.41.26 PMUnfortunately, a last second adventure called Captain H. Tanny away to the Seychelles Islands on an expedition to uncover the renowned yet mysterious Garden of Eden. Before embarking, the Captain revealed the location of tonight’s affair to be at Reagan Marketing and Design, located at 912 Wealthy Street SE. The Captain has entrusted the evening to the one and only Tommy Allen, a longtime friend and fellow explorer. In the ongoing words of Captain Tanny, “All proper adventures begin and end with a party.”


Event Details:

The Captain’s Affair

Reagan Marketing and Design

912 Wealthy Street SE

October 17, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Wear black on black on black

Volunteer Spotlight: Anne Jbara

Anne Jbara–or “Miss Anne” as she’s known ’round these parts–has been a valued CYC volunteer since October 2012, working with students at Congress Elementary, the Cook Arts Center, and the Andy Angelo Press Club. Additionally, this fall, she will become our newest workshop leader. Miss Anne, we don’t know what we’d do without you, and we hope we never have to find out!


What is your favorite part of volunteering with the CYC?

I love hearing all the funny things our kids have to say. Writing isn’t always something they initially enjoy, so it’s fun to see how they come out of their shells once they get going. They have so much going on in their brains, and all we need to do is cultivate that creativity.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from the Minneapolis suburbs, but I’ve lived all over the Midwest and made my way to Grand Rapids last summer.

You found a genie in a bottle. What would your three wishes be?

Assuming that poverty and war have already been addressed…

1) A lifetime supply of ice cream in a variety of flavors

2) The ability to transport myself anywhere in the world with the snap of my fingers

3) More wishes, of course!

What is the best adventure you have ever been on?

My husband and I traveled to Egypt a few years ago, and it was incredible. We climbed Mount Sinai in the middle of the night just in time to reach the summit at sunrise. The darkness and random camels (seriously) made it extra treacherous in places, but it was definitely worth it.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Ring the bells that still can ring / forget your perfect offering / there is a crack in everything / that’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

If you had to pick between a wallaby or a platypus for a pet, which one would you choose? Please do tell us why.

This is an impossible choice. They are both so cute! I would adopt one of each. I’m sure my cats wouldn’t mind.

Do you have a favorite place to read or write?

I love (almost) nothing more than crawling into bed with a good book on a rainy Sunday afternoon. This generally precedes a long, luxurious nap. As for writing, all my best ideas usually come to me in the shower or in the middle of the night, so it’s always a mad dash to get them written down before I forget.

When you aren’t at the CYC, what do you do?

I was a student for such a long time that having the brain space for hobbies is very exciting. I really enjoy cooking and baking, and I’ve gotten into gardening this summer. Road trips, wandering around tiny Michigan beach towns, and tromping through the woods are also high on the list this time of year. By day, I work at the Legal Assistance Center, another fantastic non-profit in Grand Rapids.

Is there anything else that is important for the whole world to know about you?

I pretty much always have a song stuck in my head. I’m usually good at keeping this to myself, I think, but sometimes I realize I’m quietly humming as I make my way through the grocery store. So, you’re welcome in advance if I get “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” stuck in your head in August, too.