CNHI News Service
The Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Georgia recently held its annual Steak & Burger Dinner on May 27 with former Rhodes Scholar and NFL draftee, Myron Rolle serving as guest speaker. Celebrating its 11th year, the dinner was held in the Club’s gymnasium located at 219 Fletcher Street and raised over $40,000 to benefit programs and services for youth ages 6-18.
Rolle, an aspiring Neurosurgeon currently enrolled in Florida State University’s College of Medicine, addressed the 200-plus audience comprised of local and surrounding areas’ business and community leaders. "I am extremely pleased, honored, and excited to have had the opportunity to speak and deliver a message to such an instrumental group at this event,” said Rolle.
“We are so pleased to have had Myron spotlight our event. I’m sure his message to our youth fell on attentive ears and will stay with them for years to come. We are also very grateful for the tremendous support we receive from individuals and businesses each year for this event. This year wasn’t any different, and we are so fortunate to be able to serve a community who readily understands and values our work with young people,” said Art Allen, Executive Director.
Steak & Burger Dinner is MNWBGC’s largest fundraising event of the year for its Thomasville Youth & Teen Center Units. Adults dine on hamburgers while Club Members enjoy a steak dinner. The event is designed to offer the Club’s business partners and other supporters an opportunity to meet the young people whose lives they enrich. Club members are seated at each table, so guests can interact with the kids and hear first-hand what a difference the Boys & Girls Club and its Teen Center units make in their lives. The event also features a live and silent auction with a chance to win exciting dinner experiences, trips and gift certificates. Stephen Burton of United Country Auctions of the South served as this year’s auctioneer.
About Boys & Girls Club
Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Georgia makes a significant impact on youth ages 6-18 by providing programs and resources that both youth and families need in order to succeed. The Club’s mission strives to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens through its three units: Thomasville Youth Center, Thomasville Teen Center and Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County. Given the history, proven successes, nationwide network, and the fact that the youth served are among those most at risk of dropping out of school, Boys & Girls Clubs stand ready to play an active leadership role in helping young people achieve academic success and attain brighter futures.
MNW Boys & Girls Clubs are open to all children ages 6-18, especially those most in need. In Thomasville, more than 200 young people participate each year in the Club’s after school programs, with that number increasing during the summer months when Clubs are open all day. While most Club Members are considered at risk, they are not without hope. MNW Boys & Girls Club Units offer kids an opportunity to realize their own strengths and use them as a foundation for successful, productive lives. Not only do members have fun, but at the Club during the school year, they are involved in quality programs, such as Power Hour homework help program; computer skills training; career exploration; arts and crafts; fitness and sports; and, especially, character development and leadership programs, such as SMART Moves, a prevention program.
For more information about Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Clubs, visit mnw-bgc.org or call 228-5155.