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Oct. 6: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Inducts Dominique Wilkins Into Alumni Hall of Fame at Gala | Community Spirit

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Oct. 6: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Inducts Dominique Wilkins Into Alumni Hall of Fame at Gala
Oct. 6: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Inducts Dominique Wilkins Into Alumni Hall of Fame at Gala

Cartoon Network President & COO Stuart Snyder Hosts Dinner to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs;

Boys & Girls Clubs Alums Kool & The Gang To Perform

WHAT:              Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) 2011 Great Futures Gala, October 6, 2011, will raise funds to support BGCA’s efforts nationwide and honor a great champion for youth, Dominique Wilkins, with induction into BGCA’s Alumni Hall of Fame.


                        Wilkins, the legendary Atlanta Hawks powerhouse and a Club member as a child, grew up to be a basketball superstar, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.  Bob Williams, president of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena will present Wilkins for induction.


WHEN:             Thursday, October 6, 2011

6:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Dinner and Program

8:45 p.m. Kool & The Gang performance


WHERE:           The Grand Atrium at 200 Peachtree (190 Peachtree Street NW), Atlanta, GA 30303


WHY:               Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) enables young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Nearly 4,000 Clubs serve some four million young people through Club membership and community outreach.  Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours.


BGCA and Cartoon Network have partnered to offer Clubs the “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign, aimed at empowering youth, particularly bystanders, to take action and reduce bullying.  The effort provides Clubs nationwide with multimedia tools and resources that offer tactical recommendations for effective responses to bullying and cyber-bullying situations.  The program also provides guidance for parents, caregivers and educators, including how to recognize and protect children from various types of harassment.  


Earlier this month, Facebook, in partnership with Cartoon Network, introduced the Stop Bullying: Speak Up App, an interactive social media pledge that enables users to make a personal commitment—and recruit others to join them—to help stop bullying.


INTERVIEWS:  -     BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee Dominique Wilkins

  • Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena
  • Dinner Chairman, Stuart C. Snyder, BGCA National Trustee and President/COO, Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Featured Performers: BGCA Alums, Kool & The Gang
  • Ahkeem Hollimon, 2011-12 Southeast Youth of the Year
  • Myron Gray, Senior Vice President, US Operation, UPS & Chair, Southeast Region, BGCA
  • 60 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta


TICKETS:         Contact Janice Lindsey at 404-487-5993 or via e-mail at JLindsey@bgca.org.  Details on tickets and sponsorships are online at http://gala.bgca.org.

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