The Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy (BGTI) is a nonprofit organization that strives to empower and improve the lives of refugees from war as well as migrant and at risk youth who are living on the streets. Founded in 1945 by Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing, BGTI aids adolescents and minors who come to Italy from conflict ridden zones in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and houses them at one of their two campuses near Rome, Italy.
BGTI’s programs seek to teach these children how to become independent individuals by integrating them into their self-government model that fosters their creativity and self-reliance by giving them the power and responsibility to run the environment they live in. They are given the opportunity to elect officials like mayors, judges and commissioners and they hold regular assembly meetings to discuss their communal affairs. This process not only empowers them but it also gives them strong interpersonal and vocational skills and prepares them for success once they enter society and begin working for a living. In addition the nurturing environment they are provided with allows for them to develop and overcome the tragedies they may have faced back home including war trauma, human and sex trafficking and extreme poverty.
On Saturday April 26, 2014, BGTI will host their annual Ball of the Year to raise funds for their projects. The black tie event will be held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco and will feature cocktails, dinner, music and entertainment. The event will also honor Tom Albanese as the BGTI Man of the Year, the Director of Business Development at Central Concrete Supply Company. Throughout his life Albanese has demonstrated a strong commitment to philanthropy and he has served on the advisory boards of organizations such as the Special Olympics of Northern California and the Ronald McDonald House. Upon being selected to receive this award, Albanese said “I am truly honored to be selected as Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy’s Man of the Year. I have been on the Ball of the Year Committee for over ten years and I have seen how BGTI gives kids who have suffered so much the opportunity to thrive and grow into independent adults. Their transformation inspires me to come back year after year,”
BGTI is a volunteer based community that has worked to improve the lives of adolescents from 18 countries for over 65 years. Their long track record of success in the field of youth development has garnered them a large support and donor base in Italy and the Bay Area and their legacy is sure to continue with the success of their fundraising efforts, which have become well known for not only their high entertainment quality but also for the noble cause they support.
WHEN: Saturday April 26, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Westin St. Francis Hotel
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
TICKETS: $300 for individual tickets. Please click here to purchase tickets.