See Ya Later

About “See Ya Later”

Our Purpose:
Inspiring Youth – Encouraging Families
 
Our Mission:
We inspire youth to realize their potential and encourage families facing life threatening medical crisis. 
 
Our Vision:
SYL provides hope and inspiration to impact our communities

The Inspiration

Nearly everyone has been affected by a medical crisis of some sort. Typically, disappointment, fear and discouragement settle on family and friends. Support from others is extremely important when dealing with a family member’s medical issues. Regular activities and schedules and even jobs are sometimes set aside to take care of their unique needs. We’ve been there.

When 10 year-old Scott Banke was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer on his mother’s birthday in July of 1999, family and friends supported them in a variety of ways.  They provided meals, spent time with their daughter, visited them at the hospital, sent cards, wishes and prayers, decorated their house with Christmas lights, and brought snow and built a snowman in their front yard even when there was no snow in town and much more.

The Motivation

After the two-year battle, and in memory of Scott Banke, the mission began. Scott had an unexplainable impact on many people. That’s the reason why his closest adult friends had such a passion to make something good out of something bad. Almost immediately, the idea and vision of a huge indoor play structure, free and open to the community was brought to the Banke family for approval. This was one way to honor the boy who made everyone smile. The family’s consent launched a series of opportunities for Scotty’s friends, the community and beyond.

The First Accomplishment

Funds were raised through the Scott Banke Memorial Fund and annual Scott Banke Memorial Golf Tournaments to complete the indoor play structure, Scotty’s Playhouse, in 2007. A large mural, rising 30 feet above the floor memorializes the lives of four children, Scott Banke, Karina Hargis, Grace Blanchard, Allison Yates and Aden Monagon. The 3,000 sq. ft. playhouse also contains one of the largest indoor play structures in the Northwest, as well as a tot area for younger kids and a cafe seating area for adults. Though Scotty’s Playhouse pays tribute to Scott, Karina, Grace, Allison and Aden, it is a gift to all children in the community. Scotty’s Playhouse is located and managed by the Church on the Hill in McMinnville, Oregon. The SYL Foundation does not own Scotty’s Playhouse.

The Dream

The completion of Scotty’s Playhouse was the finale of the group’s efforts. So they thought!  For it was only the beginning. The dedicated team of four couples, began as the “See Ya Later” Board of Directors, agreed that there were more kids and families to bring smiles to. So, in 2006 the group became an official non-profit organization.

Serving Kids

Going to camp can be life-changing opportunity for children. Unfortunately, many children won’t ever be able to share these experiences because of high registration fees. One of the desires of the “See Ya Later” Foundation is to provide camp opportunities to children in the community, with no financial burden for the families. 

The first day-camp was held in the fall of 2006.  The “See Ya Later” Fishing Derby hosted more than thirty kids who got to experience casting and catching fish (some for the very first time), a lot of one on one attention from volunteers, a delicious lunch, a t-shirt, a trophy and some great memories.  With almost as many adults volunteering as children, everyone had a great time. Fishing Derbies are schedule once a year.

A 2-day Spring Break Basketball Camp began in 2006. Now serving 200kids(grades 1st–8th) come from all over the Yamhill County area and beyond. Many Coaches and Volunteers give their time and talents to not only teach basketball skills but to give an encouraging word to the kids. Jon “Superhandles” Hildebrandt from Dayton, Oregon demonstrates his phenomenal ball-handling skills. He also gives a positive message to the kids and inspires them. He’s looking to help put smiles on each face during the camp.

In 2008 the annual Football Camp was launched. 300 pre-registered kids (grades 4th – 9th) participate in the Dante’s Inferno Football Camp. Dante; former tight-end for the Chicago Bears has offered encouragement and help to the kids for the first 8 years.

2011 brought our first Soccer Camp. 125 kids (grades 1st – 6th) had the great opportunity to learn soccer skills and life’s lessons.

The “See Ya Later” Sports is a great opportunity for the youth.

Serving Youth

It was significant, and planned that 2007 would be the first year to award the Scott Banke Memorial Scholarship, as it was the year Scott would have graduated. By an application process, two graduates of McMinnville High School were granted the substantial awards for continued education. Since then, one  Amity, Dayton, Yamhill-Carlton, and Newberg High School Senior have been added and selected for the Scott Banke Memorial Scholarship. Four scholarships are awarded to students who attends Auburn High School, Auburn Riverside High School or Auburn Mountainview High School. Both Oregon and Washington Scholarship committees have also added an At-Large Scholarship for those students attending other public or private accredited high school (includes homeschool).

Serving Families

2008 began with another way to bring good from bad. The Foundation board decided that there must be a way to help encourage families who are going through difficult times like the Banke’s experienced. Seeds of Hope was born; providing resources to families in their time of greatest crisis when a parent or child is stricken with a life-threatening medical crisis with no strings attached.

The Support

The Scott Banke Memorial Golf Tournament still happens every year, the first Saturday in August. It is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event at this point. 132 golfers and more than 300 dinner guests come to enjoy a full day of excitement. Silent and Live auctions help raise the financial support the Foundation needs to continue to inspire youth and encourage families year after year.

The Increase

The Foundation expanded in 2010. A cousin of Scotty’s, Brian Williams has been designated the Washington Regional Events Coordinator.  He will be bringing the “See Ya Later” Foundation to another area to connect with kids and families through many events and outreach programs. As Brian says, “This Foundation has unlimited potential as long as we have the faith to believe and allow great things to happen.” We are excited about SYL Washington and the amazing opportunities in store.

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