Great Futures Moments
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Great Futures Gala Recap
BGCSTL is proud to announce the 2022 Youth of the Year winner is O’Fallon Park Club member Lailah Green! Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive and a signature national youth recognition program that celebrates the recipient's contributions to their family, school, community, and their Boys & Girls Club. The winner was announced at the Jerseys & Jewels themed, drive in tailgate style Great Futures Gala, the largest fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which raised $700,000 for Club kids and teens! Special thanks to Emcee KSDK Rene Knott, the Great Futures Gala committee including, Honorary Co-Chairs Dr. Donald M. Suggs and Keith Williamson and 2021 Co-Chairs Leah & Chris Harris, Nancy & Jim Wolfe, Catherine & John Stupp III and Kathryn & Jim Sansone. We are also grateful to the following sponsors for their support: Premier Sponsor, Centene Charitable Foundation, Lead Sponsor Emerson, and Presenting Sponsors Ameren, Dowd Bennett and Nancy & Jim Wolfe. Click here to read more, view additional winners and to see speeches and photos.
Mr. Martin Mathews Honored with Award
Another special moment in the evening at the Great Futures Gala was Mr. Martin Mathews, co-founder of the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club, honored with the “Capture the Vision Award” which is presented to an individual or organization who demonstrates their devoted service to the Club through tireless innovation. Dr. Flint Fowler presented Mathews with the award and said, “Mr. Mathews is being recognized with the Capture the Vision Award for a life of service dedicated to the well-being of children. Thousands of our citizens have better lives because of the role he has played in their development.” Click here to view the award presentation.
Ascension Charity Golf Classic Supports BGCSTL Kids!
Club Alum Announces College Decision at Herbert Hoover

Luther Burden, BGCSTL Club Alumni and top Wide Receiver in the country chose the Herbert Hoover Club to announce his college choice last week! Media, family and friends from across the region showed up to support and cover his announcement that he is planning to attend Mizzou! Many of the Club members were in the audience to witness this exciting day, which planted many seeds of hope in some of our future athletes! Click here to read more. *Photo Credit, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
City Faces Partner with BGCSTL for Mentoring Program

Thanks to City Faces at Washington University for collaborating with BGCSTL to provide 110 volunteers to participate in our Mentor St. Louis program! They will meet with students at Aspire, Lexington, Jefferson and Adams Elementary schools twice monthly for an hour to mentor and work on literacy programming with Club members! Mentors (in person and virtual) are still needed, to sign up, click here.

Bethalto Help Kids Dinner Auction
You are invited to the 25th Annual Help Kids Dinner Auction on Saturday, November 6, 2021. This fun, disco-themed event will be held at Julia’s Banquet Center in East Alton, IL and includes a delicious dinner and drinks paired with lively bidding on great silent and live auction items. Proceeds will support much-needed youth development programs to support the great futures of our local kids including over 1,200 children and teens at our Bethalto and Lovejoy School locations. For more information, please contact Kathy Wilson, here or to register, here.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. BGCSTL provides after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth across the Bi-State Region while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs serve youth across the region at twelve locations, including (Adams Park Club, Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto, Boys & Girls Club of Lovejoy, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Mathews-Dickey Club, Normandy High School, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club, Roosevelt High School, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and the Teen Center of Excellence). We also operate Mentor St. Louis and the St. Louis Internship Program.
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