YES Champion! Ann Roberts

Make new friends but keep the old….one is Silver and the other Gold.
Ann Loden Roberts is Principal, Executive Vice President for Weaver C. Barksdale & Associates, Inc.
Our YES Friends hold a special place in our hearts. We develop new partnerships almost daily because everywhere we go, the story of YES is contagious! Our children deserve the love and support that our partners pour into them year in and year out.
Recently, one of our dearest friends, Ann Roberts, set out to raise funds for YES in lieu of birthday gifts. Such a selfless act of kindness, in true Ann Roberts fashion! We asked Ann to share her story with us of how she got involved and why YES holds a special place in her heart. Here’s what Ann had to say:
How did you first hear about YES?
I first heard about YES through Hillsboro Church of Christ. I’ve been a supporter of the mission since learning of the organization back in 2008. I became a monthly donor in 2013 and now participate as an Advisory Board Member.
How did you decide to start a campaign for your friends to support YES in lieu of birthday gifts?
My parents, Mary Jo and James Loden, provided the example to commemorate a landmark birthday (or in their case an anniversary) with a charitable endeavor. For my 50th birthday, I knew that I wanted to follow the example of my parents.  My husband, Mike Roberts, and I have more than we need, so when folks wanted to honor my birthday with a gift, we suggested the YES donation.  We committed to give a set amount to YES in the year of my 50th birthday. Whatever shortfall remained after friend and family donations, we would cover. I thought it was a good way to get the word out about YES to all my friends.
In your own words, why do you support YES?
YES aligns with my beliefs. There are many worthwhile charities and causes, but I am inspired because YES is a local charity that serves the underserved young people in their own neighborhoods. YES provides not only the academic and social development that may be missing, but most importantly, YES adds a spiritual component. YES provides these young people with love and mentoring that will impact their lives forever. What better investment is there?  I know that my dollars are going directly to support these young people to guide them to a more enriching and productive life.
Thank You! for supporting Ann's Campaign
Amanda Roberts, Angie Anderson, Anne Westfall, BethAnne Scott, Brian Lapps, Carol Scott, Carol Arrowood, Charles Webb, Cheryl Lavette, Constance Thompson, Deborah Slocum, Denise Cummins, Elise Taylor, Haylee Hall, Jan Naifeh, Jean Lorton, Jennifer Rice, Joan Downey, John Longo, John Tuley, John McDowell, Kathryn Snyder, Kirk Richardson, Laura Klapheke, Miles, Shaclkeford, Phillip Bryon Jones, Stephen Burch, Susan Chapman, Tara Mullaney, Terri Harrison, Valerie King