The 2018 Chrysalis Ball was a huge success for the children of Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County (BGCCC) and the theme of “Singin In the Rain”, was very appropriate with two weeks of rain leading up to gala night. This year’s largest fundraising event of the year was held Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center with almost 1,000 attendees, volunteers and staff, helping to make it one of the most successful in the club’s history. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary year since starting in McKinney in 1968, the evening was made very special with over $1,022,000 in funds raised before expenses.
“Our “Singin In The Rain” theme was adopted because, through our great supporters, we provide the umbrellas of life that protects our children during their development years and helps them make good life choices that will lead them to great futures”, said Mike Simpson, CEO of the BGCCC. The umbrella theme was used throughout the night and Emcee, Tim Ryan of Fox 4’s Good Day morning show, made opening comments holding a bright umbrella.
“We are extremely grateful to all the Underwriters, table sponsors and individuals who supported our event tonight”, said Bryan Sherman, Board President. The generosity of many will enable us to transport additional children to our clubs after school, provide scholarships to children who need a safe place to be after school and enable us to come one step closer to exploring opportunities to expand our services and capabilities to additional cities.”
The title underwriter was Capital One for the ninth year and the BGCCC was very thankful to have one of the largest group of underwriters and table sponsors supporting the event. A total of 95 underwriters and table sponsors and a large number of individual donors enabled another successful event generating over a million in revenue, for the third straight year. “Everyone attending always comments that the highlight of the evening, is the Red Carpet Walk with club children lining both sides, showing appreciation with loud cheers, taking pictures and giving high five’s as all the guests arrive,” stated Mike Simpson, CEO.
The Sponsor a Child segment of the evening followed an exciting Live Auction and is a highlight as attendees can show their support with donations of all sizes. The BGCCC 2018 Youth of the Year, Ariana Akinwunmi, was introduced by WNBA Dallas Wings star and Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame Alumnus, Skylar Diggins-Smith. After Ariana’s story on what the club means to her, Ken Moraif of Money Matters with Ken Moraif made a matching pledge challenge that resulted in donations totaling over $330,000. during that portion of the evening.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County has announced that next year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County has been meeting the needs of children in Collin County since 1968. The BGCCC’s mission is to “Enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens”. The organization currently serves approximately 9,400 children each year through its after-school, summer and outreach programs.
BGCCC serves 74 schools in Collin County and has 22 buses and vehicles which must transport the children to the Clubs. The organization has branches in McKinney, Plano and Frisco and currently operates an on-site school program at Shepton High School in Plano.
Visit the BGCCC website at: http://www.bgccc.org