Boys & Girls Club major fundraiser is next Thursday

Organizers of next week’s 2nd Annual Diamond Affair Dinner are encouraging members of the community to support the event as sponsors. The event is hosted by the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club of Cairo/Grady County and will be held at the Grady Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsorships range from $125 for individual tickets to $25,000 for “Major League” sponsors. A portion of each sponsorship is tax deductible.
Florida State University Baseball Coach Mike Martin and Dr. Judd Biasotto, an award-winning author and world record-holding powerlifter, are the keynote speakers.
“The Diamond Affair Dinner is our most important fundraising event of the year,” said Jeff Brown, unit director of the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club. “This event offers the Club’s business partners and other supporters an opportunity to meet young people whose lives are enriched and impacted by their support.” More than 90 young people are served daily in Cairo, a unit of the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Georgia.
Contact MNW Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc. at (229)228-5155 ext. 100 to purchase a ticket or become a sponsor for the 2014 Diamond Affair Dinner. Proceeds from the yearly event provide after-school programming, services and opportunities for youth and teen members, ages 6-18.
Today, more than 300 young people at risk and in need are taking advantage of the Club’s local programs, activities and services.
“Our vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle,” Brown said.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Georgia are positioned to make a difference by providing the programs and resources that both youth and families need to succeed.
Brown contends that given the history, the proven successes, the nationwide network and the fact that the youth served are among those most at risk of dropping out of school, the Boys and Girls Club stands ready to play an active leadership role in helping to reverse the situation.
At the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club, the children are involved in activities, such as Power Hour homework help; computer skills training; career exploration; arts and crafts; fitness and sports; character development and leadership programs, such as SMART Moves (a prevention program) and Youth of the Year (the Club’s premier recognition program).

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