HOBART | The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana hosted its annual Steak and Burger Event at Avalon Manor. Members of all six NWI clubs were in attendance for an evening of dining and entertainment.
Each table consisted of five adults and five club members. The adults enjoyed juicy hamburgers while club members were treated to a steak dinner. This unique setting provided an opportunity for attendees to interact with club members and learn about their activities at the club.
The guest speaker was Dr. Chandra Gill, CEO of Black-Ademically Speaking and the author of “Champions Break Chains.” Her motivational message encouraged club member to strive for excellence in all things.
While the event is a fundraiser, it is also designed to honor club members and engage supporters of the Boys & Girls Club organization with the young people who benefit from their donations.
The sponsoring Hammond Club of Northwest Indiana provided entertainment, scholarship awards and inspiration.
The club showcased its members' artistic talents through a poetry reading. The Club’s Artistic Poetry program is designed to help members express themselves in a way that is unique to them. Three club members between 10 and 16, including “Youth of the Year” Jordan Jefferson, spoke about their unique life experiences at the club and in their communities.
In addition, a new scholarship opportunity was introduced to club members by Leo Roper, club staff member and Morrell Roper, club volunteer, in memory of their grandson, who was studying to become an aircraft pilot. The scholarship supports club members graduating from high school who are interested in pursuing a career in aviation.
J. Michael Baird, interim director of the NWI clubs, thanked the supporters and advocated for continued support to help the clubs plan and offer the best programs possible for young people.