By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club held their annual volunteer dinner last week at the newly opened Madison Tea Room in Madison. Volunteers and donors gathered to be recognized for their contributions to the ongoing work of the Boys and Girls Club. Neil Walker, programs manager for the Boys and Girls Club, was appreciative to all those who have taken the time and money to invest into the children of Morgan County.
“I acknowledge and thank our community for the tremendous support for the Boys and Girls Club of Madison-Morgan County and our partner, the Children Ferst Foundation of Morgan County. During our annual ‘Thank You’ reception on March 31 at the beautiful new Merchants Hall Tea Room venue, we recognized over 55 donors who selflessly support these two programs that have provided a decade of service and opportunity to the youth of our community,” said Walker. “Most importantly, we recognized six special young men and women, successful students who have benefitted from the Boys and Girls Club and Children Ferst Foundation. These young adults, Laterica Dumas, Anaiah Rucker, Jailyn Ingram, Trey Chapman, Tyler Benford, Colter Smith have distinguished themselves in leadership, athletics and scholarship and through their example, represent the best for our future. The mission of the Bioys and Girls Club is to provide quality developmental programs that empower area youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible adults. When partnered with the Children Ferst Foundation, the goal of encouraging reading at the earliest age by mailing books every month to every preschooler in Morgan County, these two organizations are dedicated to making a difference for our youngsters and our community.”