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Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee’s Wine Down Main Street Tickets Now Available Online

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FRANKLIN, TN – On Saturday, November 4, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. downtown Franklin comes alive with Wine Down Main Street, a unique wine tasting event that takes place along Historic Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee.  Voted the number one Fundraiser/Charity Event for the tenth straight year in the Sizzle Awards, it’s the best night out all year: the streets are closed to traffic; wines, beers and spirits, provided by Lipman Brothers, are poured in the shops; food samplings are provided by area restaurants; and local musicians entertain you along the way.

Wine Down Main Street benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Franklin and Fairview Clubs, and has raised more than $1,715,148 since its inception in support of youth ages 5 – 18 years old.

Specially priced e-tickets are $75 per person until October 13, and $85 per person after that. VIP tickets are $125 per person and include admission to the VIP lounge at the Red House with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Premium VIP tickets may also be purchased for $200 and include a gift bag of items such as gift certificates, wine, and jewelry. Both VIP and Premium VIP tickets are limited. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.WineDownMainStreet.com. Tickets sold in the shops along Main Street will be available for purchase in September.

Event sponsors (as of June 15, 2017) include: A to Z Sports; Berry Farms, A Boyle Development; Buerger, Moseley, & Carson; Franklin Synergy Bank; Harry’s Fresh Foods; Loy Hardcastle, Parks Realty; HCA Tristar; Nationwide Insurance: Randy Jones & Associates; Reliant Bank; Renasant Bank; Renewal by Anderson; Ryman Hospitality; Shofner Vision Center; Nicole and Philip Steen; US Bank; and Williamson Source.

Sponsors receive numerous advantages ranging from various advertisements to tickets and product placement opportunities. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Denise Carothers, Resource Development Director, Williamson County, at 615-628-8188 or dcarothers@bgcmt.org.

Participating vendors (as of June 15, 2017) include: Avec Moi; boutiquemmm;  Dion’s South; Emmaline; Finnley’s Good Findings; Harlin Meyerhoff; Jack Yacoubian Jewelers; Johnnie Q; JONDIE; Kilwin’s Franklin; Merridee’s Breadbasket; Mimi & Dottie; Rare Prints Gallery; Shop Around the Corner; The Cellar on Main; The Heirloom Shop; The Red House; The Registry; Twine Graphics; Vue Optique; Walton’s Antique Jewelry; and Yarrow Acres.

Participating restaurants (as of June 15, 2017) include: Bone Fish Grill; Capitol Coffee; Cool Café; Crumb de la Crumb; Frothy Monkey; Granite City Restaurant & Brewery; Jim n Nick’s; Kilwin’s Franklin; Merridee’s Breadbasket; Mimi’s Girl Artisan Bakery; Nama Sushi Bar; Newk’s; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Olivia Olive Oil; Papa C Pies; Paul’s Chocolate Gallery; Puckett’s Boat House; Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant; Scout’s Pub; Taziki’s; and The Comfy Cow.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

For more than 114 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) has enabled all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Annually, more than 4,000 youth are served at eight Middle Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs and through community outreach initiatives. Clubs are located in Davidson & Williamson counties. Boys & Girls Clubs provides a safe place, professional caring staff, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.  To learn more, please visit www.bgcmt.org, like us on Facebook [GreatFuturesStartHere] or follow us on Twitter @BGCMT.

Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation makes $25,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County

Boys & Girls Club of Jackson’s Steak N’ Burger a Success with Olympian Rochelle Stevens

Jackson, TN — Boys & Girls Club of Jackson hosted Rochelle Stevens, a Two-Time Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist in Track and Field for their Annual Steak N’ Burger Dinner on Thursday, April 20th.

An annual event has kids and adults gathering around the table as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. The annual Steak and Burger Dinner is one of the Boys and Girls Club’s major fundraisers for the year. Thursday night, kids dined on steaks, while the adults had hamburgers.

The guest speaker at the event was Rochelle Stevens, a two-time Olympic champion in track and field. Stevens spoke on inspiring children to achieve their goals. “My message to them is that you can be successful and in the middle of success is two ‘c’s. So, my first ‘c’ is going to be to challenge them and the second ‘c’ is to make the correct choices so you can be a success in life,” said Stevens. As a spokesperson and motivational speaker Rochelle was voted by the State of Mississippi Top Five Best Motivational Speakers.

Stevens has motivated executives at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, FBI Memphis Division, International Paper, Johnson Products, Maybelline, Sara Lee Corporation, Nike, Bank of America, Home Depot, Verizon Wireless, Cargill Corporation, Colleges and Universities.

Since 1990, Rochelle has given back to the community through the Rochelle Stevens Foundation.  Her foundation has helped over 10,000 athletes with new spikes, tote bags, equipment, transportation and scholarships with an opportunity to compete in front of college coaches and recruiters. Rochelle is a graduate of Morgan State University and Columbus University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Telecommunications, Master’s Degree in Public Relations. She is the Founder & CEO of Rochelle Health & Wellness Spa in Collierville, TN

This was the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson’s 32nd annual Steak and Burger Dinner fundraiser.

Smoky Mountains Steak & Burger Dinner and Auction Raises over $100,000

Sevier County, TN — On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains held its Annual Steak & Burger Dinner and Auction with guest speaker Mike Keith Voice of the NFL Tennessee Titans. This year’s event was the most successful Steak & Burger Dinner and Auction to date raising over $100,000 according to Executive Director Mark Ross. “Special thanks to LISEGA for being the presenting sponsor and to A&L RV Sales, Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Volunteer Chevrolet for donating exceptional items for the live auction. Without the support from theses local businesses we would not have been able to have such a successful event “says Mark Ross.

Over 400 guests attended the event with another 75 individuals participating in the silent auction using mobile bidding. “This is our second year using mobile bidding and it has allowed us to reach a larger audience of supporters. This year we had several out of state supporters including individuals from Nevada and Florida who each purchased items in the silent auction” says Karen Robinette, Director Resource Development and Marketing.

Guests in attendance heard form Mike Keith Voice of the NFL Tennessee Titans who spoke to the crowd about making the most out of every opportunity that is provided in one’s life. Club members enjoyed meeting Mike Keith and having the opportunity to ask him questions. The event brought together current community leaders with Club members and allowed them to have a time to interact and talk about the Club.

All money raised through Steak & Burger will support youth who attend programs at Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. The Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains is an after school and summer program designed to meet the youth development needs in the community by using nationally recognized educational and recreational programs.  The Club focuses on five core areas with activities and programs to cultivate our youth into our leaders of tomorrow:  Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.  The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee representatives visit Washington D.C.

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What a productive time in Washington D.C. speaking with Senators Alexander, Corker and their staff as well as Representatives Duncan, Roe and Congressman Fleischmann’s staff about the exciting Boys & Girls Clubs programs from Bristol to Memphis. 21st Century Community Learning Centers, National Youth Mentoring Initiative, and Perkins Act funding opportunities are all key to Boys & Girls Clubs across Tennessee being able to serve over 47,000 youth through membership and community outreach at 95 Club sites in 48 cities.

Boys & Girls Club of Muary County benefits from Cajunfest!


It was a fun time in Cajun Country on Saturday at Amber Falls Winery, with the eighth annual Cajunfest, complete with crawfish races, authentic bayou music and lots of wine.

Although stormy weather was predicted over the weekend, the sun was shining as hundreds of guests came out to the annual festival. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County. Amber Falls co-owner Tim Zaunbrecher said the goal was to raise $20,000 this year.

“We’ve been doing this, I think our eighth year for the Boys & Girls Club,” Zaunbrecher said. “What we’ve added this year is a gumbo cook-off where we’ve got four teams cooking up gumbo and it’s $5 to taste. All that money also goes to Boys & Girls club, and the winner gets $500 and bragging rights for having the best gumbo in the area.”

Guests boarded horse-drawn wagons and were shuttled into the festival, where they were met with the smells of boiled crawfish, fried gator and the sounds of laughter, music and good times.

In addition to its award-winning wines, Amber Falls featured a special Cajunfest wine, which is a sweet red blend of Concord, Chambourcin and Chancellor grapes infused with Cajun spices.

First Tennessee Bank, which is celebrating 150 years of service, sponsored the event. Client specialist Lisa Allen said First Tennessee sponsored the event for the second time not only because it is a fun way to spend a warm Saturday, but because of what good it does for an organization like the Boys & Girls Clubs.

“The music, the food, the wine, everything is perfect, and the weather is holding out,” she said. “We volunteer all the time with the Boys & Girls Club because they’re making a real difference in our community. At First Tennessee, one of our core values is making a difference in the communities that we are in. So this has been a really important partnership for us.”

Dr. Eslick Daniel, who has served on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County’s board of directors since its foundation 20 years ago, said this is just one of several fundraisers held throughout the year, but is a reminder of the good support the community provides its members.

“This is just one of many fundraisers we do, but Amber Falls has been great to include us, and we get volunteers to help run it,” Daniel said. “It’s been good on both ends and we appreciate what they do for us in helping us carry on our programs.

Read more here: http://www.columbiadailyherald.com/news/20170527/goin8217-cajun-at-amber-falls?start=2

John Calipari Speaks at Stake & Burger Dinner benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County


Success is about relationships, University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari told guests at Thursday night’s Stake & Burger Dinner benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County.

“If you have a relationship with the kids in this organization, you can’t write a check. … The other side of it is making time,” Calipari told a packed house at World Outreach Church, where the 30th annual fundraiser took place.

But it’s time well-invested, said Calipari, who encouraged guests to get involved with the club kids outside of their checkbooks.

“What the people within the Boys & Girls Club do is what I’m trying to do with my 12 (players) and that’s light a fire. Get them to believe more than they believe, sometimes more than they believe in themselves,” Calipari said.

Being successful also means making others successful along your journey, Calipari said. And he’s done just that with his winning track record. Calipari, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, has guided six teams to the Final Four, led one to a national championship and helped 39 players earn selection in the NBA Draft during his 24-year college coaching career.

He learned that “pay-it-forward” philosophy from his mother, he said.

“My mother was a pay-it-forward person. If things good happened to you, you pass that on,” Calipari told The Daily News Journal. “There are good things that are going to happen for you. If you want that to continue you must do and make it good for other people. If you’re going to have success, you’d better be dragging people with you. That was my mother’s mentality.”

Building others up takes work beyond anything technology can do, he said.

“(Relationships is) why the kids reach a higher academically, educationally. They do things they never thought possible because someone lit that fire. You cannot do that through an email, through a text message or through a check. … It’s the day to day, touching young people,” Calipari said.

“Especially in Kentucky, when you’re in that (coaching) seat, if all you’re about is basketball, you cheat the position. You can make a difference in a lot of different ways. … You can raise money for organizations that are going to make a difference,” Calipari said.

Having Coach Calipari speak made a huge difference for the youth in Rutherford County and made the annual Stake & Burger Dinner “an incredible event for our organization,” said Kelly Rollins, former board president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County and current chairman of the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee.

Calipari solidified the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, Rollins said.

“You have to be present to win, it’s that simple,” Rollins said. “If you want winning relationships with those around you, you’ve got to show up … and be present every day.”

Rollins said the club staff members are “on the front lines” to give children the everyday encouragement and support they need to succeed.

“Whether they’re helping them build character or helping them with homework, it’s what we do. We are in a business of making a difference in every club member we serve,” Rollins said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County serve more than 2,500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Smyrna, Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Nearly half of those students are from single-parent households and 41 percent qualify for free and reduced lunches.

To learn more about how you can help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, visit bgcrc.net or call the Murfreesboro location at 615-893-5437.

Read the original article here: http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2017/04/28/john-calipari-success-relationships/100895018/

Voice of the NFL Tennessee Titans Mike Keith to Speak at Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser


Mike Keith Voice of the NFL Tennessee Titans will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 LISEGA Steak & Burger Dinner on Tuesday May 23 at 6:30pm located at the Holiday Inn in Pigeon Forge to raise funds to help the youth at Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains set goals for a great future.  Tickets are on sale now for this annual fundraiser and can be purchased by calling 865-428-6550.

This event will use mobile bidding which will be used with the silent auction.  Mobile bidding will allow guests to bid from anywhere at any time during the event via a smart phone or tablet.   The silent auction will open four days prior to the event and end at 7:30pm on May 23rd.  All items including live auction items can be viewed on the mobile bidding page but in order to bid on a live item the guest must be present at the event or make arrangements by calling the Boys & Girls Club office prior to the event date. This year’s live auction will include a 2017 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback car donated by Volunteer Chevrolet, New Cruise Lite Camper donated by A&L RV Sales, Gatlinburg Skylift Chairs donated by Gatlinburg Skylift, a Sedona vacation, 2 tickets to see U2 Live and more! The Old Mill is sponsoring the silent auction reception and will have hors d’oeuvres for guests to sample while they compete for their favorite items.  For information on the silent auction or live auction please visit Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains website https://www.bgcsmoky.com/SteakandBurger-Dinner-Auction or by calling 865-428-6550 and ask to speak to Karen Robinette.

Roger Westcott and his team at Texas Roadhouse once again partnered with the Club to provide great food and great service for the guests.  The Steak & Burger Dinner is a signature event for Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, where all guests dine on hamburgers and the Club kids are able to feel special, eating a steak dinner.

“The concept for the event is unusual in that community leaders can sit down face to face with the kids they help,” continues Ross.  “It’s a chance for the kids to say thank you, but more importantly, it’s a chance for them to share what the Club means to them and how these community leaders have helped them through the Club.”

Sponsors for the event include not only LISEGA, Texas Roadhouse, The Old Mill and Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge but help from IHOP Chapman Highway location and Smoky Mountain Balloon Company.

The ticket price for the event is $125 per person, with limited seating.  Table sponsorships are still available and can be reserved. For more information on the event and how to register for mobile bidding contact Karen Robinette at 428-6550 or krobinette@bgcsmoky.com

Boys & Girls Club of MiddleTennessee’s Youth of the Year Celebrated at Great Futures Gala Featuring Shaquille O’Neal

It was April 1st, but it was no April Fool’s joke when Fairview’s Destiny Moore walked across the stage at the Omni Nashville Hotel to accept the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee Youth of the Year Award  –  for the second time.

“Being named the Youth of the Year again was so amazing. I was so honored that they choose me to tell my story to inspire others,” said 17-year-old Destiny. A senior at Fairview High School, Destiny received her first Middle Tennessee Youth of the Year honor in 2014 as a freshman.

Destiny accepted her award at the Great Futures Gala presented by Nissan North America as a fundraiser for eight Middle Tennessee clubs that provide youth-development programs for 4,000 youth between ages 5 to 18 years.

Invited to share her award-winning speech with the large audience including NBA Hall of Famer and Boys & Girls Club alumni Shaquille O’Neal, Destiny spoke of the many personal challenges she has faced, ranging from divorce and homelessness to bullying and racial discrimination. She also revealed the invaluable role the Boys & Girls Club played in her life.

“This year, I graduate from high school and begin the next chapter at Middle Tennessee State University.  With this fact alone, I am already beating statistics that were stacked against me from the start. But I’m not worried about statistics. My sights are set on soaring high. Getting here hasn’t been easy. And without the Boys & Girls Club, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Confident. Optimistic. Prepared. Empowered,” stated Destiny.

The Youth of the Year title recognizes Destiny’s outstanding contributions to family, school, community, and the Boys & Girls Club while also reflecting on her personal challenges and obstacles. Destiny said she has achieved academic success, a healthy lifestyle and good character through her engagement with the club.

And while she enjoyed a familiar moment in the spotlight, Destiny was quick to share, “The highlight of the evening was being able to introduce my mother to her favorite basketball player.”

O’Neal served as the celebrity guest for the gala and spoke of his own positive experience with the Boys & Girls Club. He credits the Boys & Girls Clubs with giving him a safe place to play and keeping him off the streets in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. “It gave me something to do,” he said. “I’d just go there to shoot (basketball). I didn’t even play on a team,” shared O’Neal.

The evening was a win-win for Destiny’s mother Terigaka Moore, who enjoyed meeting O’Neal and witnessing her daughter’s latest accomplishment. “Needless to say, I am proud and grateful for the successful and fearless young woman she is becoming,” said mom Terigaka.

Involved in the Boys & Girls Club for almost a decade, Destiny said, “One of my earliest memories at the club is meeting Mrs. Tamara Peay. She had the biggest smile on her face. As a seven-year-old, I remember feeling happy on the inside for the first time since my parents divorced.”

With the Boys & Girls Club, she said, “I found a community where I could feel safe and loved outside of my home environment. I made lifelong friendships. And I found mentors to confide in during difficult times.”

Destiny will be a guest speaker at the 28th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee on Thursday, May 11 in Liberty Hall at the Factory of Franklin.

For more information about the event, visit www.SteakAndBurgerDinner.com. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, visit www.bgcmt.org.