Celebrate good times

article posted 07/03/2013

The Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area held its annual benefit auction and celebration Saturday at the Tellico West Conference Center in Vonore. The event helps support the club's efforts to make a difference in the lives of more than 1,500 children.

Blaina Best, who grew up going to a local Boys & Girls Club and now works as an admission counselor at Hiwassee College, was the guest speaker.
"Our annual auction gave us the perfect setting to thank the many individuals and corporations that have supported our cause over several years," said Executive Director Anthony Tricoli.
Awards were presented to the following during the celebration:

Blue Door Awards- Teena Herrington, and the City of Sweetwater employees.
Jeremiah Milbanks Society (those who have given a $10,000 or more donation for one year or for several years)- C. Dwayne Cardin, Jim and Ellen Dash, Michael and Lisa Janke, David and Mary Kefauver, Thomas and Pam Korn, and Charles and Dorothy Sloan.

Corporate Appreciation Awards (Those who have provided support, both financial and hands-on, for the Boys & Girls Club for several years)- Brunswick Boat Group, Citizens National Bank, George R. Johnson Foundation, City of Madisonville, Monroe County, City of Sweetwater, Volunteer Federal, Dynasty Spas, and Peoples Bank.

The organization also established The Charles Sloan Family Scholarship Fund, recognizing the family contributions and efforts made in behalf of The Boys & Girls Club since the beginning.

"The Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area has helped thousands of children over the years, and we in turn have been lucky to have been the recipient of incredible support from the wonderful people who were recognized on this particular evening," said Tricoli. "Without their support, we would not be able to help our kids to improve their academic studies, build strong character and leadership skills, or understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. KUDOS to each of our award winners!"