Connect volunteer group for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) is pulling out all the stops to bring the biggest and best “The Big Event” gala yet. The eighth annual charity celebration taking place Saturday, May 6 at the Camelback Esplanade will feature delicious dining, celebrity hosts, more than 200 live auction items and entertainment as guests come together to raise awareness and funds directly benefiting the deserving children of BGCMP. Tickets are $100 per person including all-inclusive food and beverages and can be purchased online at bgcmp.org with all proceeds benefitting BGCMP.
For more than 70 years, BGCMP has provided engaging and educational after school programs, activities and events for the Valley’s children. The nurturing and fun environment at BGCMP aims to help youth and teens reach their full potential in life as responsible and mindful citizens. All proceeds from BGCMP events directly fund these programs.
Leonel Cano, BGCMP’s 2017 Youth of the Year, will be present to share his personal story at the event. Cano has been a dedicated member to the Ed Robson Family Branch since it first opened its doors in 2008. He participates in all opportunities offered at his Club, and inspires younger members by teaching art and dance, as well as coaching soccer. Cano plans to attend Grand Canyon University and aspires to be a visual artist for Disney or Marvel Studios.
To ensure Phoenix and West Valley Club kids have a safe and supportive place to attend after school activities, the Connect volunteer group raised nearly $100,000 through “The Big Event” in 2016. Over the years Connect has raised funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix through major events such as The Big Event, Hearts-4-Clubs and Birdies and Greens Golf Tournament.
“We are so thankful to have the opportunity to consistently encourage and inspire our Valley’s youth by providing after school programs and activities, which wouldn’t be possible without the loyal members of our community,” said Justin Low, Connect president and financial advisor and vice president at Morgan Stanley. “Ultimately, our objective with this year’s “The Big Event” is to raise a record-breaking amount of funds to support our commendable youth as they continue to make a difference in the world.”