The Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia hosted its fourth Oscar Night Red Carpet Gala Sunday, and the turnout was “fantastic,” said the club’s Chief Professional Officer, Bart McFadden.
“It shows that the community places a high priority on our youth,” McFadden said.
McFadden said the success of the event has grown every year, with last night being the largest. Though total numbers have yet to be calculated, ticket sales were up higher than last year and auction sales were also up significantly.
“With all that that was given, we will definitely be putting the money to good use in the programs we provide,” McFadden said.
A live viewing of the Academy Awards, both a live and silent auction, a live band, performances by club members and a violin group performance in partnership with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra were among Sunday night’s festivities. Dinner and an open bar was also available to guests.
Several attendees of the event support the club because of its large benefit and impact of the community.
“They’re such a great organization to help in our community to help youth become involved in all types of academic to cultural aspects,” said Martha Pirkle, Alumni Community Relations Director for LaGrange College. “Our students have the opportunity to do a lot mentorships with the Boys and Girls Club and we like to thank our students for helping transform the members of the Boys & Girls Club then hopefully the Boys and Girls club will help transform our students having those experiences. We love supporting it.”
Tom Pirkle said the program helps shape children for the future.
“I think it’s an important organization and one of the organizations that we need that will teach young people things like courtesy, good manners, how to be good citizens and lord knows we need more of them,” said Tom Pirkle.
Later in the evening, guests learned in the anticipated announcement that the program will soon be housed at the former Cannon Street School beginning in Spring.
“We’ve been at capacity for over a year and have had over 50 to 60 children on the waiting list, so we had to find a way to serve more kids,” said McFadden. “We will now be able to double the amount of children served and bring in more partners. We’re excited about it.”
Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia will be leasing the building from the Troup County School System and will begin touch-ups to the building this week through funding from the Callaway Foundation.