18th Annual 'Salute to Youth' Dinner Featuring Louis Gossett, Jr. to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland BGCO Youth of the Year Jasmine Simmons to be Honored

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland will host its 18th Annual "Salute to Youth" Dinner & Benefit Auction, presented by Athens Administrators, on Saturday, May 5, 2007, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the scenic Greek Orthodox Cathedral, located at 4700 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland. The event will feature award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and entertainment by jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer and Quartet, as well as the honoring of the Club's 2007 Youth of the Year, Jasmine Simmons. All proceeds will benefit the young people served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland. Opportunities for sponsorship are contained herein.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland will host its 18th Annual "Salute to Youth" Dinner & Benefit Auction, presented by Athens Administrators, on Saturday, May 5, 2007, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the scenic Greek Orthodox Cathedral, located at 4700 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland. The event will feature award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and entertainment by jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer and Quartet, as well as the honoring of the Club's 2007 Youth of the Year, Jasmine Simmons. All proceeds will benefit the young people served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland.

The festivities will also include incredible live and silent auction items and international cuisine. The event is also supported by Platinum Sponsors Men's Wearhouse, Wells Fargo, and the Whalen Family Foundation, as well as Gold Sponsors AssetMark Investment Services, Inc./Cordes Family Foundation, Matson Navigation Company, and PG&E's Black Employees Association. Sponsorships ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 are still available and tickets are $150 each.

The Youth of the Year program, which is administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and has been nationally sponsored by the Reader's Digest Foundation since 1947, recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Jasmine Simmons is a four-year member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, where she is a tutor, Vice President of the Keystone Club and member of the Junior Staff Development Team. As a senior at McClymonds High School, she presently maintains a 3.14 GPA and is captain of the school's Mock Trial Team. Simmons would like to attend Howard University and major in law, and eventually aspires to become a D.A. or open her own practice.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland's mission is to develop our community's youth into positive contributors to society. Now in its 66th year, the Club continues to provide safe places to learn and grow, opportunities for ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, and other character development experiences each year for over 2,500 girls and boys, ages 6 to 17. The organization supplements the endeavors of our families and our schools, and plans to serve a minimum of 5,000 Oakland youth in the near future.

Please call Karin Seid at 510-444-8211 or http://www.BGCoakland.org for more information on attending or sponsoring the event.

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