Each year community leaders in the Twin Counties come together at the annual Steak & Burger Dinner to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region.

The fundraising event is designed to honor the youth and provide an opportunity for donors to experience firsthand the impact the club is making on the lives of young people in the Twin Counties.

This year, the Boys & Girls Club of the Tar River Region will hold its 27th annual Steak & Burger fundraising event virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday streaming on Facebook Live.

“This is a night where we normally would have donors and our club members interact face to face at beautiful Rose Hill,” Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Ron Green said. “Because of COVID, we will broadcast this event through your TVs, computers and mobile devices so that all can see the magic of the Boys & Girls Club.”

The virtual format will allow a broader audience to learn what the organization has accomplished throughout the year. The evening will include appearances from Boys & Girls Clubs members, staff and board members. Also featured will be co-hosts Mayor Sandy Roberson and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region and North Carolina State Youth of the Year Elijah Sellers.

The evening also will feature a special appearance by international recording artist and co-host of the television show “The Song,” Damien Horne. Horne is a top-20 hit songwriter and has shared the stage with artists like John Legend, Keith Urban, The Commodores and others. Horne has given two TED Talks, shared his “Rise and Shine” journey at numerous events and travels the globe inspiring others with his gifts and abilities.

To assure local young people have access to technology, adequate food, school supplies and mentorship, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region needs community support now more than ever. Proceeds from the Steak & Burger event will directly impact the club and the more than 1,200 young people who walk through the doors.

Log on to www.bgctrr.org for more details about the event and see all the items offered on the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region’s online auction.