notMykid celebrates 15th anniversary by raising $300,000 at gala

Local nonprofit organization notMYkid celebrated its 15th anniversary at a “Back to the Boardwalk” themed gala on April 17 and raised nearly $300,000. The money will further notMYkid’s mission to inspire positive life choices by educating individuals and communities about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors such as substance abuse, body image, unhealthy relationships, bullying, depression, and internet safety. Pictured at the gala are Seth Leibsohn, NMK board chair; Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, board member; Gada Jasser and Debbie and Steve Moak, notMYkid founders. (Submitted photo)

Local nonprofit organization notMYkid celebrated its 15th anniversary at a “Back to the Boardwalk” themed gala on April 17 and raised nearly $300,000. The money will further notMYkid’s mission to inspire positive life choices by educating individuals and communities about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors such as substance abuse, body image, unhealthy relationships, bullying, depression, and internet safety. Pictured at the gala are Seth Leibsohn, NMK board chair; Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, board member; Gada Jasser and Debbie and Steve Moak, notMYkid founders. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale-based notMYkid, a nationally focused nonprofit organization focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior, announced it raised nearly $300,000 at its annual gala held April 17 at the Yard in Tempe.

Themed “Back to the Boardwalk,” the gala marked the 15th anniversary of notMYkid.

To honor the milestone, notMYkid did a surprise presentation to its three founders, Steve and Debbie Moak, and Dr. Mark Rohde highlighted by a video message from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey congratulating them on creating an organization that has positively impacted more than one million teens.

“Simply reaching 15 years for a nonprofit organization is a major milestone, but to grow the organization to the point where we have helped inspire and empower more than one million teens and families is truly something to celebrate,” said Aimee Runyon, CEO of notMYkid.

“The $300,000 we raised at our annual gala will help us expand our programs in Arizona and across the U.S., and we couldn’t be more thankful for the support and generosity of our many donors.”

notMYkid also presented its first Inspiring Young Philanthropist award to 13-year-old Hailey, who chose notMYkid as her Bat Mitzvah project after receiving help from the organization after being a victim of bullying.

A link to Hailey’s video can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/125168906 password is: hailey ask

Founded in 2000 by a Valley family to share their family’s experience with teen addiction, notMYkid is a Scottsdale-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring positive life choices by educating individuals and communities about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors such as substance abuse, body image, unhealthy relationships, bullying, depression, and internet safety.

For more information, visit www.notMYkid.org.

 

 

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