Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast to Hold Annual Celebration with a Special Tribute Honoring Retired Sheriff Jim Coats

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BGCS will host their annual celebration on January 21, 2012- their largest fundraiser of the year

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast helps youth achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and become strong citizens with strong character

Plan to “Be Jammin” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoasts’ 52nd annual themed celebration, held on January 21, 2012, starting at 6:00pm at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. This island/beach event is BGCS’s largest fundraiser of the year and will be an evening of great fun, food, music and celebration, with the Call of the Islands. To make this evening more memorable, there will be a tribute honoring one of the largest supporters and partner, retired Sheriff Jim Coats, for his commitment and service to the Youth of Pinellas County, complete with the inauguration of the retired Sherriff Jim Coats Scholarship Fund, designed to subsidize any child wanting to attend a Boys & Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast helps youth achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and become strong citizens with strong character. The Clubs inspire and enable all young people living in Pinellas County, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens. To help Boys & Girls Clubs raise much needed funds, we are requesting that you consider an event sponsorship or donating an item or items to be auctioned during the silent or live auction at the event.

Sponsors of the event include: the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Jim Coats, Bright House Networks, Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, Lifestyle Family Fitness, Publix Super Market Charities, Lance Becatti-Private Wealth Advisor, Cox Target Media/ValPak, All Children's Hospital, Raymond James, Stratix Financial, TECO Peoples Gas, Rays Baseball Foundation, Al & Julie Kelly, Catalina Marketing, Cutting Edge Granite, Ultimate Medical Academy, Wells Fargo, Progress Energy, AFS Janitorial, and Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, P.A. A special thanks to: Mr. Jay Coats (Events Chair), Mr. Ron Milton, Mr. Frank Chivas, Best Buy, Mr. Gary Connors, Cheers! Events, retired Sheriff Jim Coats and Cat Coats, Courtesy Valet, Mr. Alan Darcy, Ms. Dawn Kitchner, and the Island Boys Band.

Admission is $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Those interested should contact Carla Mattern by email at cmattern(at)bgcsun(dot)org, by phone (727)-524-2427x17, or visit http://www.bgcsuncoast.org.

About the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement came to Pinellas County in November 1959 with the founding of the Boys Club of Pinellas Park by Police Chief Maurice L. MacTarsney and Margret “Peg” Nunn. The Club began operating in January 1960 in an old frame building leased from the City of Pinellas Park with its first executive director, James S Hart Jr. The Boys Clubs of Pinellas, Inc. was chartered in August 1967 when its second club opened at the Northside location in St. Petersburg. In May 1970, at the urging of both the United Way and the Boys Clubs of America, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County, Inc. was organized. In 1991, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County opened its programs to all youth, forming Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast (BGCS), as we know it today, now with eleven locations. BGCS, under the leadership of Carl R. Lavender, Jr. has the goal “to influence the behavior and the attitudes of each individual boy and girl in a wholesome manner.” The sole purpose of BGCS is to provide children, youth, their families and the community opportunities for safe, structured, well supervised after school and summer youth programs, with an emphasis on leadership, education and self-sufficiency. The organization has proven its commitment to service for children and community members with innovative and progressive programming and opportunities. Supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs include government politicians, law enforcement agency representatives, financial institutions, and education boards, among other concerned citizens. To find out more or to help, visit http://www.bgcsuncoast.org.

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