The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is both simple and deep: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The first Boys Club was founded in 1860 and, in 1990, the organization was renamed The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2010, there were over 4,000 local affiliates to the national organization, serving over 4 million boys and girls in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and U.S. Military Bases.
I first became a fan of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America because of their advertising. I’d see their billboards every time I came out of the Midtown Tunnel and be reminded of the line “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Seeing the young, fresh faces of some of their now-famous alumni told me all I needed to know: they must do good work. One of those young, fresh faces belongs to Denzel Washington, who has been their spokesperson since 1993.
The Boys & Girls Clubs do a lot of good, providing young people with:
- A safe learning environment.
- Opportunities to build new skills that raise each child’s belief that he or she can succeed and receive recognition for personal accomplishments.
- Ongoing relationships with caring adults and connections to new friends in a positive environment, reinforcing a sense of belonging, personal accountability, civility and civic responsibility.
- Generation-changing programs that support a commitment to learning, positive values, healthy habits and high expectations for success as an adult.
Like all non-profit organizations, fundraising is an integral part of the story. All these great offerings cost money. In that vein, The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, will be the beneficiary of the Preview Party for The Salon of Art & Design on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Park Avenue Armory.
Sanford L. Smith & Associates will collaborate with the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, the largest and most prestigious association of art and design dealers in France, and producer of the renowned Paris Biennale, to create a stunning new fair, The Salon of Art & Design.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 5-9 p.m.
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
TICKETS: Philanthropists Tickets (5-9 p.m.) $2500 (tax deductible $2300) Ticket includes priority coat check and unlimited daily admission (Priority Coat Check for Philanthropists opens at 4:30 p.m.)
Benefactors Tickets (5:30-9 p.m.) $1000 per person (tax deductible $925) Ticket includes priority coat check and unlimited daily admission
Collectors Tickets (6:30-9 p.m.) $500 per person (tax deductible $425) Ticket includes 6 additional daily admissions
Friends Tickets (7:00-9 p.m) $250 per person ( tax deductible $ 175)
Purchase your ticket here.