Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Hundreds of Southeast Texas children hope one day soon they’ll get to participate in the Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club. Some charitable couples are helping to make that dream come true.
On Aug. 13, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host the Second Annual Hope for Tomorrow Luncheon and Style Show featuring married models at the downtown Beaumont Event Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to needed expansion of the Boys & Girls Club building located at 2350 Interstate 10 East.
Power partners like David and Mary Poole will stride in style outfitted in fashions from Beall’s at Parkdale Mall, Jackie’s Boutique, Fleur de Chic and Carlo’s Suits & Casual Wear. David is the Manager of Inventory Control/Shipping/Fittings American Valve and Hydrant, and Mary is the Director of Public Relations at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas.
“Both David and I are honored to be a part of the fashion extravaganza and are excited to show Southeast Texas that the Salvation Army brings “HOPE for tomorrow” with their Luncheon and Style Show,” said Mary. “ In Southeast Texas, we are rich with opportunities to make a difference and The Salvation Army has partnered with local establishments to bring awareness on how each of us can make a difference in the lives of countless children through the Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army.”
The Boys & Girls Club has provided after-school and summer time programs in Southeast Texas since 1964. In the past several years, there has been a continual increase in requests from parents for positive, well-known youth programs and services, including education, nutrition, the arts and athletics through the Club.
“We can serve 80 (on average 60 attend per day) during the school year and 140 (on average 95 attend per day) during the summer,” said Michael Perez, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. “Summer registration filled up in three weeks this year, and we filled the waiting list to 50 before we stopped keeping count. We’ve kept a waiting list up to 100 in the past. But only a dozen or so ever get in from the waiting list, so now we just keep a list up to 50.”
To meet the growing need to accommodate more children, the Salvation Army plans to expand its existing facilities by an additional 10,600 square feet of space, complete with a teen center, multipurpose center big enough to serve as a game room and dining area, art/music and learning center classrooms, a large computer lab, library and a full-service kitchen. This proposed addition will dramatically enhance efforts to provide the very best after-school and summer programs available for the youth of Beaumont.
“We have launched a capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to start the construction project,” said Perez. “The Hope for Tomorrow Luncheon and Style Show is a fundraising effort as well as a way for us to raise awareness about our programs and needs.”
Ashley Gaston, KFDM-TV news anchor will host the event and moderator the style show. Additional models include a host of outstanding youth from BISD and the Boys & Girls Club as well as these married models:
• Reverend John and Dorrie Adolph
• Barry and Kimberlee Bryant
• Floyd and Katrina Dixon
• Charlie and Blair Foxworth
• Terry and Lee Ann Garth
• Paul and Alberta Jones
• David and Mary Poole
• Jamie and Melanie Smith
• Raymond and Carolyn Sweat
• Dr. Paul and Connie Szuch
Regina Rogers will be accepting several awards including the Life Membership and the “Others” award honoring her Mother, Julie Rogers. Julie loved children and volunteered as the Salvation Army’s Christmas Chairman for several decades. Her original awards were lost in a fire that destroyed the Rogers’ home in 2000.
“We’re really excited to present Regina with the replacements for the awards that were lost in the fire,” said Perez. “Her mother, Julie, was one of our most decade and hard-working volunteers.”
Tickets to the event are $75 with sponsorship packages to $2,500 obtainable by calling 409-896-2363. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club go to facebook.com/SalvationArmyBGCBeaumont.