Huntley to speak at Boys & Girls fundraiser

Sarah Wibell News

Litigation attorney, author, speaker, and advocate Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley will speak at a luncheon fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club on September 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the James Madison Conference Center. Described on her website as a “lawyer by trade (and) advocate by triumph,” Huntley is the author of More Than A Bird, a personal story of the childhood and challenges that she faced and overcame with the support of her church, caring teachers, and the Boys & Girls Club among others.

Karen Robertson, Senior Executive Club Director for the Madison-Morgan BGC, expounded, “In her book, More Than A Bird, Liz describes her childhood that encompassed multiple challenges, some of which we have seen children in the Boys & Girls Club experience. She talks about how the teachers and positive adults in community organizations as she was growing up helped her to develop the resilience, confidence and ultimate love for reading and learning that would be her ticket to overcoming the many challenges she faced. In the Boys & Girls Club, we know that if a child is engaged in the right youth development experiences, along with support from a caring adult, that is a true formula for success.”

When Madison-Morgan BGC Board Member Ashley Hunt heard Huntley speak at an event for Girls, Inc. in Columbus, GA, she knew that Huntley’s story and message should be shared locally. “She’s real. She agreed to talk to the kids in the club, which really meant a lot to me. It shows that if all of us just do a little something, we could make a difference in someone’s life, and these children are all of our children. If we could all look at it that way, we can make a difference.”

“Our fundraising focus is to fund the need,” Robertson stated. “This will help three ways: support our Smart Girls program that teaches young girls about positive choices/leadership and self-image, Date Smart program which teaches kids about healthy relationships, and scholarships for club memberships that will enable a child to attend the afterschool program for one year.”

Lunch will be catered by The Caboose, and singer Bria Anai Johnson will provide special entertainment. Johnson, who was the youngest contestant on American Idol 2014, is currently attending Clark Atlanta University and was formerly a member of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia.

General fundraiser tickets are $50 and are available at www.bgcncg.com/lizhuntleyspeaks. Other options and sponsorship opportunities are described online. Individuals donating $300 and above will receive an invitation to a private cocktail party with the author that will be held on September 17.

For anyone who is curious about Huntley’s experiences, Hunt recommends listening to a brief Ted Talk, “Be a game-changer”, that is easily available on Youtube.com.

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