It's that time of year!    

The SYL Foundation is officially celebrating Scotty's Birthday during the month of March!  

Happy 34th Birthday, Scotty Banke (IN HEAVEN)!! 

Scotty was born on 3-18-1989. It is his inspiration that the SYL Foundation began. His joy for life and passion for others is what drives us to follow our mission each and every day. 

March 18th will always be a great day to Leave a Legacy in honor of Scotty or someone YOU want to honor and allow SYL to inspire youth and encourage families in their memory. 

Here are a few Fun Opportunities to help us Celebrate!


We invite you to honor his legacy or the legacy of your own lost loved one by inspiring youth and encouraging families with a one-time or recurring donation to SYL in their memory.  If you'd like to make a birthday gift, feel free to drop off or send a check to PO Box 1281, McMinnville, OR 97128 or PO Box 8, Auburn, WA 98071 or Online by clicking HERE!

Choose your own gift amount, or select from some fun Birthday options in combinations of his birthdate: $3.18, $31.89, $318.89, etc.



Dear Community: Let's bring back the balloons on Monday, March 20th! 

Please send us an encouraging word or phrase or a name of a lost loved one that you'd like to honor and we will write it on a Balloon and place them in front of the SYL Office on Adams St in McMinnville on Monday, March 20th. 

Why? After a major surgery, Scotty and his Mom drove up to their house with a balloon surprise! Scotty's front lawn was decorated with colorful balloons with encouraging messages or names of his friends who put them there. What a beautiful gift of encouragement during a difficult time.

We are going to recreate this visual representation of hope, kindness and compassion. (no donation necessary)

You'll be able to stop, find your balloon and take a photo!

Send us what you'd like on your balloon via:









Learn more about Scott at

THANK YOU for helping Scotty's light to continue to shine and make a difference in our communities.