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GBBGC’s Banquet of Champions 2018

On Wednesday June 13, Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club will hold its 68th Annual Banquet of Champions at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. The wonderful setting with its spacious dining room and waterfront views makes it a festive occasion for our families. The dinner will honor more than 300 outstanding participants who excelled in all areas of club programming including sports and fitness, social recreation, technology, education, teens programming, and Youth of the Year.

This annual event continues to recognize the achievements and hard work of Club members who participate in the many programs offered by the Club. The evening also allows us to acknowledge our volunteers whose generous donation of time and talent has such a positive impact on our children. The Club has been holding a Banquet of Champions since its earliest days. In the 1950’s, our community came together to help build the Club into the community cornerstone it is today.

In our 68th year, we continue to promote the development of boys and girls by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness and competence. To that end, the Club provides a diverse array of programming to attract and to retain boys and girls with a variety of interests and needs. By providing opportunities for leadership and teamwork, and with the fine example and support of our volunteers, we help our young members to develop character and self-confidence.

At the Banquet of Champions, we take the time to celebrate each child. I would like especially to congratulate Larissa Izaguirre, our New York State Youth of the Year who will be going to the regionals next week. I also wish to recognize our parent volunteers Ernestina Martinez (Larissa’s mom!) and Nicole Robison who are this year’s recipients of the Excellence in Volunteering Award. We are so proud of their accomplishments and appreciative of all they have meant to our Club, carrying on the tradition of volunteerism upon which our Club was founded.