Save the Date for Evening of Excellence 2017!

Evening of Excellence silent auction at the Promenade & Gardens in 2016

Evening of Excellence, Youth Employment Service (YES)’s biggest annual fundraiser, is just around the corner! It will be a cocktail-attire event where YES will be honoring top Employers of the year who have helped YES youth launch into the start successful careers. At the event, YES will be hosting raffles, silent and live auctions, wine pulls, catered dinner, and lots of opportunity to donate to a GREAT cause!

Youth Employment Service (YES)’s objective is to foster empowerment, confidence, and preparedness in the future workforce ages 16-24. All proceeds from Evening of Excellence directly support YES’s expansion to reach a larger audience of young adults and to impact even more futures – helping even more young adults say YES to success!

This year, save the date on your calendars Evening of Excellence will be held on September 28, 2017 from 6:00-10:00pm at the Promenade & Gardens in Costa Mesa.

Make sure to RSVP before September 1, because tables will be filled fast! Individual tickets $130, catered dinner included. RSVP and learn more at


About Evening of Excellence:

Evening of Excellence has become a tradition to Youth Employment Service (YES) each year in raising funds that directly support our community’s youth!


From Left: Mastercraft Vice President Laurie Holcomb and Mastercraft CEO Daniel Thompson bidding at the live auction at Evening of Excellence in 2016.

This year YES is grateful for the generous sponsorship by Mastercraft Residential for a second year in a row! Read more about Mastercraft’s premier sponsorship here. YES is still seeking other sponsors for the event, please contact for more information.

Employers of the Year

From left: YES Board President Janet Randolph, Store Manager Mother’s Market Tina Nunes, District Manager Starbucks Blythe Persinger, YES Executive Director Wendy Weeks.

Last year, YES was proud to honor Mother’s Market and Starbucks as the two “Employers of the Year 2016” who have hired and taken YES candidates under their wings to help develop the beginnings of successful careers. Become a YES employer today so that you can be considered for next year’s Evening of Excellence Employer of the Year Award.

Client Success Stories

Ahmad Alatab

YES graduate Ahmad Alatab landed a great job at Open Text Software after completing the YES program!

Each year, YES selects 1-2 YES candidates who share their stories at the event. In 2016, college graduate Ahmad Alatab shared that he underestimated how difficult it would be to find a job and found himself walking down the street when he noticed the YES sign and was greeted by warmth, smiles, and a hope to building a promising future. At YES, he was provided with personalized help on how to stand out on job applications, practice interviewing skills, and how to be memorable when meeting with an employer. He felt that the skills he learned at YES were beyond anything he’s ever learned in high school or college and that the program was a turning point in helping him land a job as a Cloud Application Engineer at Open Text Software, a leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM). He says, “YES doesn’t rest until you get your dream job!” Read his full quote here. Learn more about the YES program here.


YES volunteers enjoyed supporting the 2016 Evening of Excellence!

YES is seeking volunteers to help the Evening of Excellence run smoothly! Volunteers will be involved in set-up, registration, raffles, silent and live auctions, and more! Orientation will be required prior to the event (date and time TBD) and dinner will be provided. To sign up or learn more, please email

Take Action for Evening of Excellence 2017

  • Attend– RSVP to email
    • Ticket price: Individual $130, inquire about table and other pricing.
    • Limited tables available, book it today!
    • RSVP by September 1, 2017
  • Sponsor – email
    • Various sponsorship levels with marketing benefits still available!
  • Volunteer – email

Or call (949)642-0474 for additional information or questions!