October 22, 2023

Barn Dance Raises Funds for Families in Need

The Yolo Crisis Nursery Barn Dance is Saturday evening, Oct. 21. An amazing evening unfolds as attendees dance under a sea of twinkle lights at the Davis Central Park Pavilion to build community and raise awareness for child abuse prevention programs offered by the Yolo Crisis Nursery. It is a fun-filled evening of live music, food, libations, and dancing.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery Barn Dance would not be possible without many selfless community volunteers, sponsors, donors, and donations. It is a genuine pleasure to thank them all on behalf of the Yolo Crisis Nursery and its Board of Directors.

First, tremendous gratitude is expressed to the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery and the Barn Dance’s tireless chair, Sharon Schauer. The inspiration, creativity, and success of the Barn Dance belong with Sharon and this talented, dedicated, and hardworking group of volunteers.

The community is incredibly fortunate to have Nugget Market, known not only for its extraordinary grocery experience but also for its generous spirit in giving back to the community. Deepest gratitude is extended to them for being the Barn Dance sponsor, a community partner, and a dedicated supporter of the Nursery’s mission. 

An enormous shoutout goes to Martha Bernauer, Kim Eichorn, and Snow & Associates, all with Lyon Real Estate, for their incredible generosity in sponsoring the Cash Prizes Raffle! It can’t be expressed how thrilling it is to have a fundraising raffle. A warm and heartfelt thank you is extended to the Cookie Corral sponsor, Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling, for adding sweetness to the event. Clark Pacific, the sponsorship of the rope toss brings a rattlin’ good time to all who step up to play. We are beyond grateful for their contribution. To the anonymous line dance instruction sponsor, thank you for keeping everyone in step and dancing the night away. The sponsors make unforgettable memories at the Barn Dance. Their support means the world to the children and families served, thank you.

Appreciation continues for the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, the many other volunteers including the Davis Rotary Clubs, the National Charity League, PAN’DA, Rotaract Club of Davis, and Crew 66. Thanks are extended as well to Clark Pacific for providing and delivering the many straw bales, and Recology for delivering and donating the use of their garbage, recycling, and composting containers. A special thank you to our awesome line dance instructor, Kirsten Ferries, who kicked off the dance party!

Every bit of support provided to the Yolo Crisis Nursery directly benefits Yolo County children and families in crisis. October is especially important as it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly three-quarters of the client families are impacted by domestic violence. The Nursery’s combination of trauma-informed care for the children and wrap-around services are life-changing for children and their families, especially when fleeing a dangerous domestic situation.

One of the clients arrived with her daughter, fleeing an unsafe home. They were unhoused, the mother was unemployed, and both mom and daughter needed treatment to recover from the abuse they suffered. With the Nursery’s support, they mapped out a plan for the family’s future. Mom went back to school and she now has a great job, stable home, transportation, and provides a wonderful life for her daughter. When the Nursery is supported, whether it is an event ticket, sponsorship, donation of clothes, diapers, formula, or a monetary donation, it is used to protect children and help families find stability, strength, and independence.

Please save the date and join us for our Crab Feed on March 9, or the Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on May 4. Sign up for the newsletter at www.yolocrisisnursery.org to stay informed and get tickets early. Information on sponsorships is available now for all events by contacting Becky Heard (bheard@yolocrisisnursery.org).

All readers are invited to visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org and discover the one-of-a-kind programs the nursery offers. With their support, early intervention services that nurture healthy and resilient children, strengthen parents, and preserve families will continue for years to come.

— This article originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on October 22, 2023, and was written by Jennifer Thayer, president, Yolo Crisis Nursery