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Porsche raffle benefits the Boys & Girls Club

March 12th, 2012 3:59 am by From staff reports


A hundred dollars won’t buy a 2012 Porsche Cayman, but it will buy a ticket and the chance to win the new red sports car, which retails for more than $50,000.


For the sixth year, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport will raffle a sports car. Only 1,200 tickets will be sold, and the drawing will take place on April 14 at the club’s 2012 Grand Tour Gala. The Gala will be held from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention C e n t e r.


The black tie-optional evening will include a surf and turf dinner with dessert, entertainment by Bag O’ Cats, and the chance to bid on a variety of silent and live auction items. Tickets to the gala are $100.


Also during the gala, the Boys & Girls Club will honor Champions of Youth awardees Pal and Sharon Barger, Jerry and Susan O’Connor, Jerry and Emma Lee Miller, and Allen and Betty Rothwell.


The Champions of Youth award recognizes people for their outstanding commitment to youth, community and Club.


The honorees for this inaugural year were selected for their inspiring vision, courage, enthusiasm and the leadership they have provided the club.


You must be 18 or older to purchase a raffle ticket for the Porsche. Deadline for Internet and phone sales is 5 p.m., April 11.


Tickets may be purchased at the gala until 8 p.m. If 700 tickets are not sold, a full refund will be provided and the raffle will not o c c u r.


Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win.


All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport and its satellite centers. The club receives a portion of its budget from United Way of Greater Kingsport, while the rest comes from grants and fund-raising events held annually.


The club’s mission is to deliver a world-class experience that prepares boys and girls for success, placing them on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.


The club offers several programs to help club members realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Programs focus on academic achievement, good character and citizenship, healthy lifestyles, and fun.


The club’s newest program, called YES, aims to prevent academic and social delinquency by helping youth change their lifestyles.


Club members who complete the program will participate in a graduation and prom, complete with keynote speaker, caps and gowns and evening dress.


The club recently received a $10,000 grant from the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities to fund the program for a year.


Volunteers are always welcome at the club, and volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with youth to help with homework or just listen.


Volunteers who work with children must pass a background check.


For more information about the Boys & Girls Club programs, the Porsche Raffle and Grand Tour Gala, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.kbgc.org ? or call Anne Beckelman at 230-4160.

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