Each year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach hosts one of the city’s premiere charity events. On Saturday, April 23, 2016, our 61st Annual Gala Dinner & Auction will be held at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Our goal is to provide our guests a real party — with fine dining, entertainment, and live and silent auctions — so that as guests contribute, they have fun doing it!
This is our largest annual fund-raising event, both from the financial perspective and in terms of participation and publicity. We are anticipating 700 guests will enjoy a wonderful evening. All net proceeds from the gala will go directly to support programs for the kids.
Over our 76 year history, we have served more than 220,000 youth through its after-school programs. Last year we reached over 5,500 youth, ages 6-18, through our fourteen facilities located in Long Beach. As a 501(c) (3), the Clubs are overseen and supported by a 41 member volunteer Board of Directors (100% are contributors) consisting of community leaders.
With nearly 83% of our youth coming from low-income households and 51% from single-parent families, we intentionally keep our annual membership fee affordable at $15. No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. Our actual cost to serve a youth is about $600 a year; and this gap funding is where we make GREAT FUTURES for our youth.