Our local Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia is an unbelievably giving and wonderful organization. With many events always going on and their center at the old Cannon Street School Building always packed out, they are more active than ever. In fact, the Boys and Girls Club has a lasting legacy that runs deep in the roots of our community. This past Thursday night, March 30, the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia celebrated 25 years with an incredible ceremony at Del’Avant in downtown LaGrange.
The program opened with Sheriff James Woodruff thanking all of the sponsors of this event and recognizing many of the staff of the local Boys and Girls Club. The Sheriff then introduced Niyauna Bridges, an 8th grade student at Callaway Middle School, who is the Teen Center Jr. Youth of the Year Representative. Niyauna shared what she likes the most about the Boys and Girls Club. After a blessing, the crowd was presented with a wonderful dinner and delicious cake. Stephanie Williams, the Callaway Middle Unit Director, took a few minutes to speak about some of the programs within the Boys and Girls Club, including the Teen Center, Youth of the Year, and some other programs. She also acknowledged the 2017 Youth of the Year, Troup High Schools Jeremiah Holston who is in the 9th grade. After these programs were presented, the Sheriff returned to the podium to introduce that night’s speaker, the honorable Mayor of LaGrange, Jim Thornton.
Mayor Thornton was born and raised in LaGrange so he is incredible familiar with our community. The Mayor’s speech that night focused on the incredible job that the Boys and Girls Club does for the youth in the community and how important it is for all adults to get involved. These young men and women need strong relationships in their lives and are always ready to make those connections. He also focused on all of the developments happening here in the community, saying that we always talk about the projects but never the why behind them. The Mayor said that these developments are for the kids so that they will return to LaGrange and remain apart o the community for many years to come.
Tripp Skinner took a few moments to talk about charitable donations to the Boys and Girls Club before Drew Gat took the stage to auction off an incredible gift, an all expense paid trip to Costa Rica, complete with all the services and amenities that one could ever want. After some time on the auction block, the trip sold for $6,000, a large sum of money that will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club.
The Boys and Girls Club and their staff are an incredible group. They work hard to make sure our kids are protected and safe, all the while engaging them in learning. These are kids that will be sheltered from gangs and violence, given the chance to grow up in a successful environment. Let us all hope that Boys and Girls Club continues their legacy of excellence in LaGrange and Troup County for many, many years to come.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer