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14th Annual BBQ & Brews Bash

Join Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services for the 14th Annual BBQ & Brews Bash: Backyard Edition on Tuesday, May 24th.

Due to the continued pandemic, we will once again be hosting the event virtually. Attendees can look forward to an impressive silent auction and raffle including a video presentation.

Proceeds benefit over 10,000 Western New York children and families who receive support from Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services, two agencies committed to protecting and fostering good for children, youth, and families in Western New York.

“By combining resources and collaborating together, this joint fundraising event has allowed both Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth and Family Services the support needed to maximize their impact across Western New York,” said Board Chair Michael Ervin. “The sponsorships and auction donations not only make this event possible, but our work possible to benefit our youth and families."

“Collaborating together has allowed both organizations the resources to expand our reach and provide needed services to youth and families throughout Western New York,” said Carolyne DeFranco, CEO of Gateway Longview.

“Working together has given both organizations the opportunity to do even more good throughout the community and benefit our youth and families,“ said James Coder, CEO of New Directions Youth and Family Services.

Auction items will go live on Friday May 20th, and the auction will close at 8:30pm on Tuesday May 24th. Winners will be notified via email after the event closes. This event is generously sponsored by, Ellicott Development, Independent Health, Nottingham Advisors, Audacy Buffalo, Alesco Advisors, Manning & Napier Advisors LLC, Lawley, and Try-It Distributing, among others. Sponsorship packages are available with all proceeds benefiting Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services, directly impacting over 10,000 Western New York children and families served by the agencies.

Registration is free and open now.

To register, bid and participate in the fundraising event, please visit:

ABOUT GATEWAY LONGVIEW Gateway Longview cares for over 5,000 children and families annually from across Western New York through behavioral health and community-based services, residential treatment and special education programs. As a not-for-profit agency, Gateway Longview is committed to working together to protect, to give hope, and to enrich the lives of every child and family served. For more information about Gateway Longview, please visit:

ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES New Directions Youth and Family Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with a heritage going back 150 years. Its mission is to foster resilient, self-reliant families and permanence for at-risk children in the shortest time possible, by promoting safe, respectful, responsible, and goal-directed behavior. The agency’s mission is promoted through dedicated, caring staff and by employing its treatment philosophy of Normative Culture. For more information about New Directions Youth and Family Services, please visit:


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