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Fundraising dinner supports area youth

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Leah Lopez, 14, right, talks to Meredith Capps, center, and Melanie Wallace Thursday at the 2018 Steak & Burger Dinner at Rose Hill in Nashville.

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BY COREY DAVIS
Staff Writer

Friday, October 19, 2018

NASHVILLE — The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region held its traditional major fundraising event in which youth and adults enjoyed a meal together and got to know each other.

The Clubs’ annual Steak & Burger Dinner was held Thursday at the Rose Hill Conference Center in Nashville. Ron Green, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, said the event allows the organization to celebrate the club members who are making a strong impact in the clubs, community and doing well in their schools.

“The club members are able to sit and chat with people that have a vested interest in their youth and development,” Green said.

Santrevor Silver, 10, a student at Nashville Elementary School, said this was the second time he has attended the Steak & Burger Dinner. 

“This is a good event because I get to find out what people do and I enjoy eating the steak,” Silver said. “I love going to the Boys & Girls Clubs because they help me with my school work and I get to have fun as well.”

The titled sponsor for the Steak & Burger Dinner was Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, which has been known to have put its time and resources in helping the local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region.

“We love to support the community,” said John Judd, plant manager at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant. “Cummins and I have a passion for young adults.”

Charisma Cooper, who was the 2017-18 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region’s Youth of the Year, shared her experience of how the Boys & Girls Clubs’ staff helped her grow up and overcome her tough childhood. Cooper is in her second year at Pitt Community College and her career aspiration is to be a criminal defense attorney.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs helped me improve my behavior, and I learned how to love and show kindness,” Cooper said. “I learned how to forgive my parents because the club forgave me time and time again.”

Cassidy Littleton, who was the 2017-18 Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Pacific Youth of the Year, came from Idaho to share how her time at the club helped shape and allow her to overcome the hardships and tragedies in her life. Littleton is a sophomore at Northwest Nazerene University in Idaho, where she plans to study communications with a focus on public speaking.

“Without those people at the Boys & Girls Club that poured into me, I wouldn’t be where I am at today,” Littleton said. “The staff helped me understand my value in life and why I could a make a difference ... I know it’s my job to lead the next generation and inspire them.”

The funds raised at the event go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region’s operations to help make sure the organization is able to maintain its service to youth at the same level at the lowest possible cost. 

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