Roast raises funds for club

Published 10:56 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

Constant’s Wharf was full of people enjoying oysters, barbecue and music to help support the Suffolk Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia on Saturday evening.

“The Boys and Girls Club offers hope to children that come from disenfranchised homes,” said Resource Development Coordinator LaMarr Coles. “The money donated here gets poured right back into the youth.”

Proceeds will benefit the programs and services the Suffolk Unit provides to more than 100 students from kindergarten through 12th grade each school day. The 340 members of the club receive programming that focus on three priorities: academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles.

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“Everyone here is a donor, and we want to thank you for your support,” said board member Phil McPhail.

There were almost 20 volunteers helping the Boys and Girls Club staff and board members, and all of them were happy to see such a large crowd enjoying the food provided by Baron’s Pub and Amici’s.

“This event is an opportunity to make a positive impact in the community,” said board member Beverly Washington-Williams.

The Boys and Girls Club hosts a multitude of programs within Suffolk, and it partners with Suffolk Public Schools to provide after school activities. The money will help fund the club’s regular programs and make it possible to fund additional ones.

“Every year we have a budget, but this event helps support more opportunities and provide more resources,” said Service Director Reggie Carter. “Every dime stays in Suffolk to help us offer great programs.”