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Virtual event to help raise awareness, funding for Boys and Girls Club


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  • Jul. 14, 2020 - 9:50 AM

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Virtual event to help raise awareness, funding for Boys and Girls Club

The Newnan Times-Herald

As social distancing makes large scale gatherings difficult, the local Boys and Girls Club is finding new ways to engage the public while providing crucial funding needed for the organization.

On Thursday, September 17, the Boys and Girls Club will host a virtual benefit for both branches of the club’s locations in Newnan.

“Dinner and a Future” will allow patrons to purchase a three-course Italian dinner provided by Life of the South Catering, along with a bottle of red or white wine, to accompany the virtual program held at 7 p.m.

Each year, two fundraisers are held to benefit the Newnan-Coweta Boys & Girls Club and Howard Warner Boys & Girls Club.

With the ongoing concerns regarding social distancing, the group has opted to host a virtual program this year in lieu of the annual Beer, Bourbon, and Wine event, which is typically held in August.

The “Dinner and a Future” event will feature a program consisting of several speakers, including Justin Wallace, the 2020 Boys and Girls Club Teen of the Year and recipient of over $10,000 in scholarships from the organization.

Joygina Benning, graduating senior and recipient of $3,500 in scholarships from the organization, will also speak during the event, along with testimony from a Coweta parent about the impact the club has had on their child.

Attendees will also have an option to participate in an online auction to benefit the operations of both clubs.

The organization currently serves around 200 children in Coweta County in two different locations – the Howard Warner Boys & Girls Club at 55 Savannah St. and the Newnan / Coweta Boys & Girls Club at 72 Wesley St.

Money raised from the event is used to operate both clubs, which currently host 200 members daily. The organization serves youths age 6 years old through 18 years old, and provides a variety of programs.

Tickets for the event are $75 per couple for the 3-course meal, with contactless pickup the day prior. However, they will be offering delivery within 10 miles of downtown Newnan for an additional donation of $15 per household. There is also an option of purchasing an additional non-alcohol meal for $60 for a club member family at the time of checkout.

Ticket purchasing and donations for “Dinner and a Future” can be made at www.dinnerfuture.givesmart.com .