After a hiatus due to Covid, Broadway Utica’s Youth
Ambassador Program is making a comeback to New York City this year. Traditionally, the program takes its Youth Ambassadors on a trip to experience live Broadway touring
productions. In most recent years, we’ve enjoyed shows at Proctors Theatre in
Schenectady, NY. This April, we are thrilled to return to Broadway to witness “Water For
Elephants.” To support this exciting journey, the YAPPERS are actively fundraising
through the sale of $10 raffle tickets, offering eight chances to win great prizes.

Kristen Matteson, Community Engagement and Youth Program Coordinator, shared,
“Last year, we successfully utilized a similar raffle to offset expenses for bringing our
youth ambassadors to another Broadway touring show beyond Broadway Utica’s 23-24
Season. This trip includes show tickets, dining at a local restaurant, and transportation.
Our goal is not only to encourage ticket sales but also to contribute to the thriving
Broadway community. Take a chance on our youth, and everyone wins!”

Tickets are available for purchase now. You may purchase raffle tickets up until March
26th. The last drawing will be held on April 24th. This final drawing will be announced
live on Facebook from the streets of NYC, featuring a grand prize of one 24-25 Season
Subscription. All other drawings will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April
2nd to April 23rd.

Here’s a glimpse of the enticing prizes you could win: Prizes drawn – 4/2, 4/6, 4/9, 4/11,
4/16, 4/18, 4/23, FINAL drawing on 4/24 FB live in NYC.
– April 2: Bus transportation for two to NYC on April 24th (Valued at $109 per person)
– April 4: $100 Gift Card to Portofino Restaurant
– April 9: $100 Gift Card to Symeon’s Greek Restaurant
– April 11: $100 Gift Card to Tailor and the Cook Restaurant
– April 16: One Year Black Card Membership at Planet Fitness

– April 18: $100 Gift Card to Ancora Restaurant
– April 23: Family Four Pack to Water Safari in Old Forge
– April 24: GRAND PRIZE: One 2024-2025 Broadway Utica Season Subscription

Tickets can be purchased Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Broadway Utica’s
Office (258 Genesee St. Utica), online at, by phone at 315-624-9444,
or through one of our youth ambassadors. The last day to purchase raffle tickets will be
on March 26, 2024.
The Bernadette Eichler Youth Ambassador Program actively involves area high school
students in seasonal productions, inspiring them to thrive in the world of theater, the
arts, the community, and in life. To join the drama for the 2024-2025 season, visit or email