Boys & Girls Club Honors 14 Young Professionals for its Second Annual Great Futures Gala

Baton Rouge, La. – Club Blue, a young professional affinity group for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, has selected 14 young men and women to be honored at the Club’s Great Futures Gala on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Shaw Center for the Arts.

The 2018 Great Futures Honorees include:

Katherine Clements
Ian Dallimore
Lauren De Witt
Rowdy Gaudet
Sarah Joy Hays
Jacob Jolibois
Bridget Kaigler

Allie McAlpin
Kelley McCann
Kenny Nguyen
Candace Parker
Theodore Richards
Michael Victorian
Ryan Zumo

Celebrating its second year, the Great Futures Gala will honor a select group of outstanding young professionals in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. This class of 14 Great Futures Honorees represents movers and shakers in our community who are on a path to achieving a great future all while giving back and making the community a better place.

“We are thrilled to have such an impressive group of young, community-minded professionals for our second class of Great Futures Gala Honorees,” said the Club’s President and Chief Professional Officer Pat Van Burkleo. “Boys & Girls Club seeks to put youth on the path to a great future, and these honorees are great role models and advocates for our Club Members.”

Honorees were selected by a prestigious committee of local leaders. Each honoree has committed to selling gala tickets and hosting fundraisers for the Club between now and March. Funds raised will support the Boys & Girls Club programs focusing on helping young people achieve academic success, live a healthy lifestyle and practice good character and citizenship.

 “I am so proud of this class of honorees and am excited to plan a thoughtful event that makes an impact on young people who need it most in Baton Rouge,” said Chelsey Laborde Blankenship, Gala Committee Chair. “I am confident this class will exceed expectations and make this a long-lasting impact on the future of Baton Rouge.”

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge was established 36 years ago to provide out-of-school-time programs for members. The Club serves nearly 10,000 young people annually through afterschool, summer, youth legislature, and violence prevention programs. While afterschool and summer programs are the foundation of a traditional Boys & Girls Club experience, our Club offers dynamic opportunities to promote the healthy lifestyles and academic success of members. All Boys & Girls Club programs focus on giving youth a fun, safe, environment to develop the skills needed to achieve great futures!

About Club Blue

Club Blue is a social and philanthropic network of young professionals who are dedicated to developing awareness of and providing volunteers opportunities for the Boys & Girls Club.  Club Blue represents Baton Rouge's young professional community leaders connecting to make a difference in a child's life. Established in 2014, Club Blue hosts events and service activities to raise awareness and resources while encouraging young professionals to become involved through leadership, volunteerism and advocacy for the Boys & Girls Club.