Special to the Journal
CAIRO, GA –Boys & Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County will honor legendary Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson with a fundraising tribute dinner and activities day for kids and families on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, respectively, and the events will be commemorated by the Club reintroducing itself to the community as the “Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County.” Jackie’s daughter and MLB Educational Programming Consultant, Sharon Robinson, will attend with representatives from Major League Baseball and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The two-day event will be highlighted by an unveiling of a new youth baseball field on Club grounds, which is being renovated through significant donations by The Scotts Company, the official Lawn Care Company of MLB, and other activities designed for youth and families. Jackie Robinson, who was born in Cairo, broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947 and was enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1962.
This event aims to create new opportunities for the youth in the Cairo-Grady community through baseball and softball programs, while encouraging teamwork and leadership skills. Such activities reinforce positive behavior and promote brighter futures. The Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club Tribute Dinner and associated festivities include:
Tribute Dinner – Friday, March 15
Irresistible Silent Auction Items
Exclusive Baseball Memorabilia
Expected Celebrity Appearances
The Big Reveal – Saturday, March 16
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Unveiling of the Field
Press Conference with Interview Opportunities
Pitch-Hit-Run Youth Competition
Fun in the Sun Family Activities & More
“The entire city of Cairo recognizes Mr. Robinson as a very celebrated hometown hero and is proud to be associated with his legacy. We hope to demonstrate to the children not only his all-star baseball record, but also his bravery in the face of discrimination and adversity,” says Nola Daughtry, Boys & Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County Board Member and Event Chair. “We are very excited for our fundraising event in the spring and are very touched by all of the support we have received from Cairo and neighboring communities to continue to help the youth in our area.”
The Club has received generous support from its Board of Directors, City of Cairo, Major League Baseball, Musco Lighting and The Scotts Company, which is being applied towards ball field lighting, construction of ball field dugouts, bleachers, player benches, fencing, seeding, fertilizer and field maintenance equipment for the new field. Local supporters also play a crucial role in allowing the Club to open its doors to youth for an annual membership fee of only $5. Please see the attached PDF for The Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club Tribute Dinner Gift Levels. For more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please call 229-228-5155 or visit www.mnw-bgc.org.
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Boys & Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County has been operating since 2009 and is a unit of the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Georgia, open since 1999. The Club’s mission is to empower youth to become productive citizens and leaders of the community. It aims to help youth improve their lives by building self-esteem, values and skills during the ages of 6 through 18. The Club is open weekdays after school and provides daily assistance with homework as well as opportunities for youth to participate in dance, sports, Girl Scouts, mentoring and many other activities, both educational and environmental.