April 18, 2015, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas celebrated a milestone that is one for the history books. With a list of distinguished guests in attendance, the evening was emceed by television host Scott Murray, noted as the most sought after inspirational/keynote speaker, TV/radio spokesperson and an emcee/moderator. Scott Murray has a dedicated life to philanthropic leadership, by appearing as host of the weekly TV public affairs/philanthropic program, Talk Street on NBC 5.
Located at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel and gold thematics from the entrance to the stage, BGCD participants greeted guest with a radiant yellow carpet and the welcoming cocktail hour began. Traditional cocktail hours include networking, sponsorship recognition and light bites but not with the BGCD. The surprise of the evening incorporated a flash mob debut with dancers from New Century Dance Company and the smile delights of BGCD members from the East Dallas Club and Dunbar Elementary. The main doors opened to the reception area and guests followed the dancers into the room, along with tunes of music playing, as the perfect escort service to begin the official program. Besides the beautiful table scape, the main stage and background setting of the evening illuminated the number 50 and a gold statement backdrop, to never be forgotten.
50 Golden years has been dedicated to a mission that will “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The Billard Ball is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit and since the organizations inception, the event has raised 2.4 million dollars.
The Chairman of the Board is Chris Trowbridge and Chairs of the event resides with the generous Durham family. A heartfelt message from Barbara and Steve Durham, inside of the event program-reads, “It is because of the 50 years of leadership and commitment from individuals like you that BGCD members have been inspired to great levels of academic and personal success.” The Durham’s found it important to include the legacy of their children, which included their spouses as advocates for the cause as well. Julie and Steve Rado, Tara and Bill Durham and Kristin and Peter Durham completes the group and they are such a beautiful family!
Charles English-BGCD-CEO and President delivered an invocation that released good-will to many more years of the BCGD impacting the lives of children. The evening was then whisked away with a special performance, a delectable menu that included a first course of salt roasted golden beef carpaccio, citrus pistachio gremolata, frisee salad and fennel vanilla vinaigrette, which so happens to be gluten free. Guest experienced an entrée of Dijon herb-crusted filet mignon, butter-glazed baby yukon gold potatoes, haricot vert saute, sweet corn and to top the food selections, dessert was dark chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brulee, praline crisp, chocolate biscuit and raspberry sorbet.
Nothing revs up guest like a call to action with a live auction. The bidding started, paddles were raised and the first item included a fabulous evening around town for 8 people with award winning celebrity Chef Kent Rathbun. With an estimated value of 7,000, the exclusive dining incorporated a day of being chauffeured by limo, which will begin at the home of Chef Rathbun to enjoy a reception with wine and cheese. Live Auction Sponsors were the Dallas Cowboys, Susan & Mark Godvin and Mr. and Mrs. Esteban Neely.
The goal to raise funds was an obvious achievement with guests purchasing raffle tickets and gleefully supporting the live auction. After a night of reintegrating the mission to a crowd of giving donors, it was finally time for everyone to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 years and the new financial commitments that were made the night of the event. The Project M Band was an electrifying element, playing both the oldies but goodies and newbie music. The night could not end without Billiards! The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas has showcased an exemplary job within the community and the proof is in the youth they encounter daily within their clubs. BGCD is an organization that stands for traditional values, while providing progressive programs that address the problems faced by the youth of today. With half a century of dedication, it is safe to say that as a community, we can look forward to 50 more golden years from the BGCD.