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Annual fundraiser to boost Boys & Girls Clubs

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Aaliyah Jones, 10, right, cuts her steak while talking with Neill Nelson during the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region's 2017 Steak & Burger Dinner at Rose Hill Conference Center.

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BY COREY DAVIS
Staff Writer

Friday, October 12, 2018

A local organization will hold its traditional major charity occasion in which youth and adults enjoy a meal and get to know one another.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region’s annual Steak and Burger fundraiser dinner event will take place at 7 p.m. 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 is a chance for the organization to celebrate the club members across the Twin Counties who are making a strong impact in the clubs, community and doing well in their schools.

Green added the evening consists of adult donors who contribute financially to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region spending time with a club member at one of the tables at Rose Hill. The adult is served a burger and the youth is given a steak.

The occasion allows club members to see a diverse group of people in the area who want them to succeed.

“This is an opportunity for them to sit and chat with people in our community that look like them and don’t look like them that actually care about them and have a vested interest in their growth and development,” Green said.

The Steak and Burger fundraiser has usually featured a guest speaker who usually grew up as a club member in the Boys & Girls Clubs and has ties to it. This year’s speaker will be Cassidy Littleton, who was named the 2017-18 Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s “Pacific Youth of the Year.” 

Littleton, who is a freshman at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho, plans to study communications with a focus on public speaking. Littleton was a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Magic Valley in Idaho since she was 8.

According to reports, while facing significant tragedy and challenges in her life, Littleton became even more involved in her club as president of the organization’s Keystone Club. She traveled across Idaho to speak at events and participate in leadership conferences.

Littleton is known to be passionate about getting more teenagers into the Boys & Girls Clubs so they also can have an outlet to combat depression and mental illness.

“My journey as a club member and youth of the year has given me a purpose and sense of acceptance I never had as a child,” Littleton said.

Green said funds raised at the event will go the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region’s operations to help make sure the organization will still be able to maintain serving youth at the same level at the lowest cost possible.

Tickets for the Steak and Burger event are still available. Call 252-977-924 for ticket information.

 

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