Fundraiser For Boys And Girls Clubs Major Success

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From Special Reports

Over $53,000 was raised for the Newnan-Coweta Boys & Girls Club during the Sixth Annual Beer, Bourbon, and Wine event.

The event, hosted by the club’s Board of Directors, was held in downtown Newnan Saturday.

Co-chairs for the event were Marsha Suber and Ginger Queener, who said they were thrilled with the evening’s success.

“We expanded our offerings and overall size of the event because of feedback from past attendees,” Suber said.

“We could not have had the success that we did had it not been for our sponsors, partners, donors and attendees.  Their generosity will have an impact on the lives of children for many years to come,” Queener said.

Along with a silent auction, participants had the opportunity to sample a wide variety of wines, beers and spirits.

The club was recently awarded a $250,000 annual 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to provide additional services to youth in partnership with the Coweta County School System.

The group has raised $240,893 this year in addition to the grant, but it takes more than $1.14 million to run the clubs annually. Coweta’s clubs currently serve more than 190 youth each day. Club services cost $5,700 per member each year.

“While we have raised over $240,000 this year, we cannot stop,” Queener said. “The more that we raise, the more we can expand our current program offerings and serve the children who need us the most.”

Suber said the goal is to not only to provide mentorship and a place to come after school, but to expose and engage members in different programs surrounding academic success, healthy lifestyles, character and leadership.

The Boys & Girls Club currently employs 19 youth development professionals and offer a number of programs including cooking club, book club, digital storytelling, garden club, fine arts, intramural sports and homework help.

In addition to raising money with Oscar Night and the BBW benefits, the club was selected as this year’s beneficiary of Main Street Newnan’s Annual Sunrise on the Square 5K Race, which will take place Aug. 31.

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(photo courtesy of Linda Edmonds Precious Memories Photography)

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