FLINT — On Oct. 11, Mr. B’s Joybox Express presented YouthQuest, an afterschool program serving 2,000 students in Flint and Genesee County each year, with a donation of $100,000. The contribution marked the end of “Sprint 4 Flint: Ride, Swim, Play, Give,” an 18-month campaign that drew the support of more than 420 donors.
“As a Flint native, this experience has been especially meaningful to me,” said Mark “Mr. B” Braun, founder and president of Mr. B’s Joybox Express. “I am proud that we were able to bring so many people together to support and spread awareness for YouthQuest’s programming.”
As part of Sprint 4 Flint, Joybox Express hosted galas, organized an art auction and worked with Ann Arbor area schools and businesses on a variety of fundraisers. Most notably, the Ann Arbor-based nonprofit took on the challenge of transporting a 385-pound piano from Flint to Mackinac Island — via bike and boat – just in time for the Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Festival.
The donation resulting from these efforts will help support YouthQuest’s art programming – a core part of the program’s curriculum – as well as ArtQuest 2018. The annual art exhibition, held in spring, will feature more than 2,000 pieces of student-created artwork revolving around the theme of “Art in Movement.”
“We are thankful to Joybox Express and the many volunteers who made this unique fundraiser possible,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers YouthQuest. “The creativity, generosity and commitment that went into this project has been truly inspiring.”
For more information about Joybox Express, visit www.joyboxexpress.com.
To learn more about YouthQuest, which is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, visit www.yquest.org.