Boys & Girls Clubs fundraiser ‘Cash for Kids’ slated Aug. 22
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF CLEVELAND board member Steve Hixson grabs the microphone to get the crowd pumped up at the 2013 Cash for Kids event. The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22. Only 200 tickets will be sold to this event.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF CLEVELAND board member Steve Hixson grabs the microphone to get the crowd pumped up at the 2013 Cash for Kids event. The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22. Only 200 tickets will be sold to this event.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland is gearing up for its largest event and fundraiser of the year: “Cash for Kids” Dream Giveaway set for Friday, Aug. 22.

Two hundred tickets are available for purchase at $500 each.

Tickets provide heavy Hors D’oeuvres for two. The event will take place at the Cleveland Country Club.

Tickets also provide the buyer with a chance to win the grand prize of $30,000.

All ticket stubs will be placed in pillboxes. The boxes are then mixed in a large drum. BGCC board members will randomly choose a box throughout the night until every ticket is read. Random cash awards will be attached to pre-determined ticket readings.

Club employee Jennifer Whaley said the night with its high stakes never fails to entertain.

“It is not the typical, stuffy fundraiser,” she said. “It is like a party.”

Tensions and laughter alike increase as the night wears on. Initial winners can either choose to take their cash or stay in the game. A choice to stay in the game results in half of the cash reward being returned to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Tickets with no cash awards attached are immediately discarded. The ticket holder is then out of the running.

Participants have repeatedly formed alliances in an effort to win the final prize as the number of tickets dwindled in recent years.

Whaley said at least 400 different ticket holders have participated in the event over the last four years.

“Come to win some money. Come to have some fun,” she said. “Come to meet some kids that you are ultimately impacting by buying these tickets.”

Proceeds raised through the annual event finances the various programs offered by the club to area youth. Whaley explained the programs offered are not as simple as after-school care. Club staff aid children in their growth through health, life skills, technology, business, music, dance, art, academic and athletic programs.

Added Whaley, “The money we raise [at Cash for Kids], goes into making sure we don’t drop the ball in any of those areas.”

BGCC Executive Director Charlie Sutton agreed the event helps ensure the focus remains on the children.

“We need to do as much as we can to help remove the huge barriers for children living in our community that are experiencing high levels of socioeconomic distress and, in some cases, are dropping out of school at the middle school level,” Sutton said.

Whaley pointed out the event is also a great opportunity for local residents to learn more about the challenges facing the young club members. It will also allow attendees to see how the BGCC is equipping its members to meet the challenges. Club kids will provide entertainment and share personal stories.

Whaley asked for any returning attendees to bring their piggy banks they received at the 2013 Cash for Kids event.

Cash for Kids is made possible through the Tennessee Charitable Gaming Implementation Law. The law allows for a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization to operate an annual game of chance.