Boys & Girls Clubs Raise Money for Youth

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) presents the 33rd annual Great Futures Dinner: Resilient Together, which will be held in person this year on Oct. 21 at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. The Great Futures Dinner is the premier annual fundraiser of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. Included in the festive evening will be the silent and live auctions, the Big Board, pre-event cocktails, a seated dinner and entertainment provided by BGCGH Youth.

This event showcases how youth are positively impacted by the Clubs every day and how the Clubs have helped them overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. 

Mari Bosker, Director of Board Governance and Communications of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, said, “Our vision is to put success within reach for our Club members by keeping them on track to graduate high school and preparing them for a competitive workforce. That’s why at Boys & Girls Clubs we say, We do whatever it takes to build great futures!’”  

The Club’s work is evidenced in the children impacted by their programs. Bosker gave one such example. “Each year, The Youth of the Year program honors and celebrates inspiring teens and their incredible journeys and is based on outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. Robert Ellis, our 2021 winner, will compete in the state Youth of the Year competition in March and will receive a $5,000 college scholarship which he will use for Xavier University, where he plans to study neurology and go into the medical field. As Youth of the Year, Robert will use the platform to make a difference in the lives of his peers and motivate all of America’s youth to be more productive citizens. He says he wants to be an arrow in a world full of boomerangs.’”

This year’s event is chaired by Greg Keller and will honor generous partners Sysco and the Mary Louise Dobson Foundation.

The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010.

Individual tickets are $500; table sponsorships start at $5,000 for a Bronze Level Sponsor, up to $50,000 for a Diamond Level Sponsor. Funds raised from the Great Futures Dinner will be used to support the Club’s mission of enabling and empowering youth to reach their full potential.  Specific programming it will fund includes academic support, healthy lifestyles, character building, and workforce readiness.

To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, go to

You may also contact Sarah Burns at For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston programming and its mission, please visit

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) is the region’s leading youth-development organization. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place for kids to grow and learn after school and in the summer.  Our mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Our vision is to put success within reach for our Club members and keep them on track to graduate high school. We help them realize a positive plan for the future that includes good character, citizenship, workforce readiness, and a healthy lifestyle. Each year, more than 30,000 youth ages 6 to 17 walk through our doors for our after-school and summer programs. At our Clubs, youth are provided meals, strong role models, homework assistance, organized athletics, character development, and access to the arts. We have 23 Club locations in five counties. Membership costs just $10 for the school year and $25 for the entire summer.

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Rebecca Becker

Rebecca has been a lifelong writer committed to telling stories that illuminate special people, places, and causes. She writes for local, regional, national, and international publications and is based in Houston. She’s been a lifelong Christian dedicated to bringing that perspective forth and keeping the Christian voice within the larger conversation.