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Boys and Girls Club host fourth Oscar Night Red Carpet Event

Steena Hymes shymes@civitasmedia.com

February 14, 2014

Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia will host its fourth Oscar Night Red Carpet Gala on March 2. Started in 2011, the event draws in proceeds from the community, all benefiting the general operations of the club.


This year’s gala will feature the red carpet where guests can walk and get their photo taken. In addition to a live viewing of the Oscar Awards, both a live and silent auction will be hosted, a live band, performances by club members and a violin group performance in partnership with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. Dinner and an open bar will be provided as well.


The silent auction includes items donated from the entertainment and sports industry as well as local items. The live auction features a vacation getaway at Pensacola Beach, Fla., and a mountain destination getaway.


Chief Professional Officer, Bart McFadden, also spoiled that there will be a big announcement, which will significantly impact the future of the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia.


The gala has seen growth over the past few years. According to McFadden, the first two years brought in $4,000 to $7,000; last year’s Oscar night made $20,000, with 180 guests.


So far 120 tickets have been sold, with 60 remaining.


“Oscar Night is one of the most unique events in the community,” McFadden said. “A lot community leaders come to rally behind the cause of youth.”


Mike Patton Auto Family is the title sponsor again for 2014, as it was for the three previous years. Kia of LaGrange and West Georgia Health are among supporting sponsors.


McFadden said the club, which started in 1992, has gone through several changes. In the past two years, the number of children served has jumped from 50 to more than 110 with 50 people on the waiting list.


McFadden said the club focuses on comprehensive programming that focuses on outcomes in the areas of academic success, healthy lifestyle, character and citizenship.


In 2013, the Boys and Girls Club in LaGrange served a total of 551 youth. According to the 2013 end-of-year report, its growth over the past two years has had significant improvements on its members in the areas of physical activity, reading and classroom behavior and effort.


McFadden said Boys and Girls Club works to ensure that no child is turned away due to financial reasons, which is the reason for Oscar Night.


The club serves both LaGrange and Hogansville. An agency of United Way, funding comes from local, state and federal departments, community donations, program sponsorships and fundraiser events.


“Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people,” McFadden said.


Tickets for Oscar Night are $125 for a couple and $75 per individual. The night starts at 6:30 p.m. and is hosted at Lafayette Garden Inn.