Boys & Girls Clubs invite community to celebrate 50th anniversary on 5/6

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside is celebrating its 50th anniversary May 6 under the stars at the University of Redlands.

The evening will highlight the organization’s history and its impact on the community. Local youth and former members, staff members and board members will share how the Club changed their lives. The evening will end with fireworks over the UR quad.

Tickets are $90 each and include appetizers, dinner, and drinks. Community members can also enter a raffle for two tickets to “La La Land in Concert” at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets are one for $5, three for $20, eight for $20 and 22 for $50. The raffle will benefit the Club’s scholarship fund.

Event sponsorship is available. Call the Club for more information, (909) 798-4599, or got to www.BeGreatIE.org .

The organization began as the Boys’ Club of Redlands in 1967, and its first location was an old packinghouse on Sixth Street. It moved several times over the decades and was in danger of closing a few times. The community rallied and raised money each time, and found ways for Club programs to continue. Club members even got involved in fundraising, at one time operating a newspaper recycling enterprise and screenprinting business.

The organization moved several times to a variety of locations throughout its history. Its first permanent clubhouse opened on Clay Street about 10 year ago after a multimillion-dollar capital campaign. Today, the Club has service locations in 11 communities and serves more than 3,000 youth a day.

 

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