MERIDIAN, Mississippi (WTOK) — It was a packed house at Kahlmus Auditorium on the Mississippi State University-Meridian campus Thursday night for the East Mississippi Boys and Girls Club’s biggest fundraiser. This is the first time the Organization has hosted this event since 2019.
The Celebrate Excellence Dinner is a time when club supporters come together to raise funds for the program. Dr. Calvin Mackie, founder of STEM NOLA, short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, was the guest speaker.
Boys and Girls Club executive director Ricky Hood spoke to News 11 about the future of the organization.
“I think this community has always been very supportive of Boys and Girls Clubs. Also, being child friendly. I believe we can always do more. This dinner is one way to give this community an opportunity to congratulate each other for the things they are doing for the kids in the community. We hear so many negative things, but we are one of the groups that are out there on a regular basis and doing positive things with the young people,” Hood said. .
“Without our community and the funding it provides us, we won’t be able to do the things we do today. We’re really excited to be back and want to let the community know we’re still here,” said club chairman Danny Russell.
If you would like to help this organization, you can donate by visiting their website eastmsbgc.org.
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