Dec. 2, 2009
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho along with University of New Mexico football head coach Mike Locksley have teamed up to host the first annual "1st and Goal" Gala. Locksley, who was appointed to the Albuquerque Board of Directors in April of 2009, has a long history with the Boys and Girls Club. Locksley grew up in the Washington D.C. area attending the Boys and Girls Club and has been on the Board of Directors while coaching at Illinois and now at UNM.
"Words alone can't express what the Boys and Girls Club did for me as a young man and a leader growing up in the D.C. area," said Locksley. "I have always been involved in the Boys and Girls Club and I am very honored to be on the Board of Directors here in Albuquerque. My hope is to provide opportunities to youth wherever it is possible. The 1st and Goal gala in February can really help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho by supporting the programs they offer to area youth."
The "1st and Goal" gala will be the first event of its kind here in Albuquerque for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. The lineup consists of silent and live auctions where attendees can purchase sports memorabilia, special packages, and dinner along with a short program.
"Your contribution to the Boys and Girls Club, means we will be able to help train good citizens, who will become productive members of our society," said Board of Directors President James Pendergast. "Each day we strive to teach high moral values, the value of a good education, and an alternative to gangs, drugs, violence, and teen pregnancy."
"Things like "Power Hour," where we reinforce the need to do homework, and teaching the value of teamwork is an everyday occurrence. Your donation allows us to keep the doors open so that children have a safe place to go and prosper."
The 1st and Goal gala will be held at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town on Saturday, Feb. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $150 and Tables are $1,500 with all proceeds going to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more information, log on to www.boysandgirlsabqrio.com or call (505) 881-0777.