Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area to Conclude Fall Donation Drive with Blue Door Gala
Nonprofit's 50 Reasons to Believe campaign will wrap up November 3 with annual fundraising gala to raise vital support for programs that impact more than 12,000 Central Texas youth
By: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
The Blue Door Gala will serve as the capstone to the 50 Reasons to Believe campaign, which was inspired by BGCAA's 50th birthday in Austin (the Club opened its doors in April 1967). The 50-day campaign launched on Sept. 16 during BGCAA's "Day of Kids" celebration—
Wrapping up the campaign in high style, the Blue Door Gala will kick off at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and a cocktail hour presented by American Constructors featuring servers from Crash Alchemy, followed by a gourmet dinner highlighted by dessert presented by Sotheby's and a live auction featuring the Cowboy Auctioneer, Heath Hale, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition, KXAN's Jim Spencer will serve as master of ceremonies and BGCAA Youth of the Year, Wendy Rodriguez, will be the keynote speaker. Afterward, guests will be encouraged to continue the festivities at the Blue Door Gala After Party presented by Kirkland & Ellis, which features an open bar, midnight snacks, aerial bartenders from Rapt and music from Texas Pro DJ. The event is black tie optional.
"The Blue Door Gala is always a memorable event that celebrates our efforts in opening doors to great futures for our amazing Club kids and the generous companies and individuals who support our mission," said BGCAA CEO Misti Potter. "The fact that this year is our 50th in Austin makes our gala all the more special. We are truly thankful for the continued support of this community, we are excited to celebrate this milestone, and we look forward to growing our impact during the next half century."
In addition to luxurious live auction packages featuring getaways to New York, Mexico and France, and a hometown experience at Star Hill Ranch, the silent auction will feature a collection of five doors. These doors—two of which were painted by BGCAA Club kids and three that were generously painted by local artists Becka Barbour, Leigh Watson and Mike Johnson—represent the five decades that BGCAA has served Austin-area youth. A sixth door, which was painted by BGCAA youth development professional and urban artist Adrian Cavazos at the campaign's kick-off, will be installed in BGCAA's future home club. That door is symbolic of the fact the organization is opening the door on its sixth decade of building great futures.
To purchase a Blue Door Gala ticket or sponsorship—
For Austinites not attending the gala but wanting to get involved, there are multiple ways to do so. Prior to the gala, those interested can enter a luxury raffle for a chance to win a his-or-hers Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch. Raffle tickets are available online at www.bgcaustin.org/
Another way to support BGCAA would be to donate $50 in honor of 50 years—every dollar counts. Donations can be made online at http://www.bgcaustin.org/
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) is Austin's leading youth development agency currently serving more than 12,000 kids via 28 Clubs and four outreach programs. 2017 marks BGCAA's 50th year in the Austin area, a benchmark measured by thousands of local youth success stories. Club youth participate in high-impact development programs that, when compared with non-Club youth, result in better school attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates and a higher likelihood of attending college. Through support from local individuals, businesses and BGCAA Staff, Club youth are given the tools and opportunities to create great futures. www.bgcaustin.org
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