Going to the Extreme for Kids
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia will be celebrating the birthdays of two special people October 27 in Madison with a fundraiser – but for one of its participants – it’s also a marker of continued dedication.
Claude Grizzard, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia Corporate Board chairman, will turn 80 October 29 and Bob Mackey, BGCNCG CEO & President, will turn 35.
The birthday fundraiser, an idea sparked by Grizzard, is a way to put BGCNCG’s core characteristics to the forefront. One of the many pillars of which the organization highlights for youth is being active. For Grizzard, it made sense to do a joint fundraiser where he has committed to walking 30 miles and Mackey will lift up 500 lbs.
Grizzard, a recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Champion of youth award, has been with Boys & Girls Clubs for 57 years. His dedication to the movement has been his lives work philanthropically.
“Claude is such a gift to our organization,” Mackey shared. “He lives, breathes and practices the mission of BGCA every day. He is a true champion for our youth and relentlessly is striving to ensure we continue to be successful in enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
When describing why his work with Boys & Girls Club is so important, Claude says, “I’ve been involved locally, regionally, and nationally in various capacities.I get way more out of being involved in Boys & Girls Club than I put into it. When you see their professional staff and their commitment to the youth - you know for them it’s not a career; it’s a calling. We see the good we are doing for the youth. We see lives being changed. When you talk with alumni you’ll hear – ‘the Boys & Girls Clubs saved my life.’”
Grizzard will walk 30 miles in one day on the school track in Madison starting at 5 am. To show your support or walk alongside him, the track is located at 1231 College Drive in Madison. Rather than pledge so much per mile, he has decided to make his walk “an all or nothing thing.”
Bob Mackey will be lifting up to 500 lbs. to celebrate his birthday at noon inside Madison Fitness, which is located at 1290 Eatonton Rd in Madison. Pledges will be made for every pound over 400 lbs.
After the lift, there will be lunch and fellowship to celebrate these two BGCNCG champions birthdays.
And, you may be asking, ‘Why give to such an occasion?’ – Grizzard has an easy response to that question.
Because you are helping the corporate level of BGCNCG absorb one third of the expenses of membership for Club youth
“This fundraiser is for our corporate entity and will help us to fund our corporate budget in assisting with our local Club’s mission to continuing impacting youth,” he shared. “Our local Clubs need a financially strong parent organization to ensure that our youth inside our local Clubs get their needs met.”
If interested in pledging your support toward the birthday fundraiser, email Dona Franks at firstname.lastname@example.org the amount you are willing to pledge. After October 27, you will receive an email with the outcome to the events and what you owe toward your pledge.
BGCNCG is an organization in rural Georgia consisting of six counties located in Putnam, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Jasper & Walton. To learn more or donate online, visit www.bgcncg.comor call 770-267-8034.
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