Dinner provides funds, fellowship

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Aaliyah Jones, 10, right, cuts her steak while talking with Neill Nelson on Thursday during the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region's 23rd Steak & Burger Dinner at Rose Hill Conference Center.


Staff Writer

Friday, October 20, 2017

NASHVILLE — The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region held its largest fundraiser event Thursday.

The annual Steak & Burger Dinner held at the Rose Hill Conference Center brought local dignitaries, business and community leaders who operate as donors and sponsors for the local clubs to come together with club members to share conversations and eat a meal. During the event, adults dined on hamburgers while club members ate steak dinners.

Ron Green, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, said for many young people, this is often a first-ever treat for them.

“A lot of these kids may have never had an opportunity to eat a steak or gone to a place like that where they’re sitting down in that type of formal setting,” Green said.

During the event, Alexeandria Williams, 15, who has been a club member since she was 5 years old, talked about what the Boys and Girls Clubs mean to her. She shared her experience of flying in a plane for the first time and having to speak in front of a crowd during a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. Green joked that Williams was less nervous than he was and she did an outstanding job.

Williams said being a club member has brought her great friends and she loves the support that the clubs provide.

“I’m grateful of what I’ve learned from being part of the Boys & Girls Clubs,” she said. “It has inspired me to want to do great things in my life when I move on.”

Angela Pitchford, a parent of a club member, talked about how her child and other children were able to go to Washington, D.C., this summer and visit the Cal Ripken baseball camp in Aberdeen, Md., both of which were free trips.

“That couldn’t have been done without the generosity of the sponsors,” Pitchford said. “There are so many advantages that the Boys & Girls Clubs offer.”

Green presented local businessman Sandy Roberson with the annual Champion of Youth award. Green said Roberson stepped up this summer to help 50 club members receive scholarships to be a part of the club during its summer program.

The club members and other people in the audience also heard remarks from guest speaker Jeremy Williams, who is known as a millennial visionary, gifted teacher, published author and is working on his doctorate at Harvard University. Williams was selected as the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year winner in Alabama in 2008. 

“It’s important that we use our time and our resources to impact other lives,” Williams said.