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Steak and Stake Dinner introduces donors to the kids they help

The young people said the Boys and Girls Club is all about trying to teach them good values. Image source: WLOX News. The young people said the Boys and Girls Club is all about trying to teach them good values. Image source: WLOX News.
Officials said that's because of events like the Steak and Stake Dinner in Biloxi where people met the children that their contributions are helping. Image source: WLOX News. Officials said that's because of events like the Steak and Stake Dinner in Biloxi where people met the children that their contributions are helping. Image source: WLOX News.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast is hoping to raise $150,000 this year to help run its five clubs in Harrison and Hancock counties. Image source: WLOX News. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast is hoping to raise $150,000 this year to help run its five clubs in Harrison and Hancock counties. Image source: WLOX News.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Despite the ups and downs of the economy, officials with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast said the number of donors has held steady over the years. Club officials said that's because of events like the Steak and Stake Dinner in Biloxi where people met the children that their contributions are helping.

Anita Clark said she looks forward to the Steak and Stake Dinner every year because of the time she gets to spend with the children.

"To me, it's all about networking and talking to kids that may have a dream, and you may be able to help put them with the right person," said Clark.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast is hoping to raise $150,000 this year to help run its five clubs in Harrison and Hancock counties. Officials said to help do that, they want people to get to know the children they are helping.

"Resources follow engagement. The closer we can connect supporters with what we're doing in the clubs with the kid the greater the odds are they are going to continue to support us in a larger way," said club Executive Director David Sykes.

"A lot of times people think of Boys and Girls Clubs as just an after school place to drop off your kids, but we do so much more," said event Chairperson Lynn Frisby. "There's programs on money matters, finances, youth, health. There's a variety of things, and we just need to get the word out and let people know what we're doing."

It was also a night to recognize children for their achievement in academics, volunteerism and good sportsmanship. The young people said the Boys and Girls Club is all about trying to teach them good values.

"Decisions that you have either has good consequences or bad consequences," said 16-year-old Ashton Gage. "If the decision that you make is not going to elevate, or it's going to deteriorate, you then don't make that decision."

Boys and Girls Club officials said lots of big hearts can create lots of little smiles. About 600 people attended the event which also included a silent auction.

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