Boys & Girls Club Great Futures Gala

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BGCA Great Futures Gala. Cipriani's, NYC. June 15. NY Social Agenda

The best thing about any given year is the chance to repeat exceptional and memorable events. In this case, the calendar couldn’t have counted down the days to Mid June any faster. Since last year’s Gala was amazing -why not come back for more.

On Wednesday, June 15, the Boys & Girls Club of America held their annual Great Futures Gala Fundraiser, hosted at the famous and iconic at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. Here is a little recap of their good work which will give you a better perspective on the organization.

Picture this. It’s 1860 around at a quaint place known as Hartford, Connecticut. Elizabeth Hammersley, Mary Goodwin, and Alice Goodwin came together to create an organization for boys to be able to have a better way of living as an alternative to roaming the streets.

Time passed and later after celebrating the official Federated Boys Club formation in 1906 (in Boston), in 1931, the organization transitioned to Boys Clubs of America. Later in 1956, adding to the 50th year anniversary, Congress stepped in and honored the organization with a Congressional charter.

In 1990, honoring that girls, too, needed to be fostered as well, the Boys and Girls Club of America formed. During that same year, Congress renewed and amended the charter to support the change.

Since then, it’s 4000 clubs widely serve four million young people providing high-impact youth development programs, with caring adult mentors who create fun and lasting friendships, hope and opportunity, improve behavior by building character to increase personal expectations and goals – a system put in place by John Collins.

Emceed by actor, Jerry O’Connell, Stand by Me (1986), Jerry Maguire (1996) and various TV shows, the event drew in 450 guests including Damaris Lewis, Tom Brasuell who helped celebrate the past and the future of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

The night was packed with endless entertainment, speeches and performances from current and past students including Karli Galvan (2015 Puerto Rico Military Youth of the Year), Whitney Stewart (2015 National Youth of the Year), and Brooke Grand (2015 Northeast Youth of the Year).

Congratulations to raising over $1 Million (and counting) and to the following honoree:

Victor Cruz: Giants wide receiver and BGCA alum -Victor Cruz with the Champion of Youth Award.

What a phenomenal night and I look forward to seeing you at next year’s Gala. For more information and how to donate to create more Great Futures click here.