Statesboro Jaycees' bi-annual event, Jaycees' Nite Out, held May 15, resulted in proceeds totaling $2,000 presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County.
Jaycees ranked area non-profits and the organization with the most votes — this year, the Boys & Girls Club — received the donation from the event.
Statesboro Jaycee's president Gordon Hunter said, "Being able to support the Statesboro community is one big aspect of being a Statesboro Jaycee! Our members recognized the need for support of the Boys & Girls Club and voted to raise money for their cause. Being a young reformed organization, this is the first of many charity events to continue our community service initiatives."
Mike Jones, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County, was excited to learn his organization would be receiving the funds.
"The Boys & Girls Club is sincerely grateful for the financial contribution made by the Jaycees," Jones said. "The funds will be used to support the various academic enrichment activities conducted at the club on a daily basis. ... It is contributions such as this that enable our programs to have a positive impact on the youth in our community."
The Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County is still recovering from a fire
Feb. 15, which destroyed a large portion of the club's main building, a gym on Denmark Street in Statesboro.
"Contributions from the local community are even more critical today as we are still recovering from the fire ...," Jones said. "Additional financial support is needed to help the club with its effort to rebuild."
The Jaycees' Nite Out fundraising event would not be possible without local sponsors: Eagle Creek Brewing Company, Statesboro Millhouse, Locos Grill & Pub, Bigshow's Burgers and Bar, Gnat's Landing, Boro DD, South Beach Tanning Company, 40 East Grill, TrueGSU.com, Naked Bee, McDonald's and Sea Island Bank.
The next Jaycees' Nite Out is tentatively set for Friday, Dec. 18. Anyone above the age of 21 is invited to attend. Members will choose another nonprofit to receive event proceeds.
Statesboro Jaycees, having deep roots in Bulloch County since 1939, reorganized in October 2014 from a period of inactivity. The organization has 35 members and looks forward to continuing to make a difference in Bulloch County through service and fundraisers.
If you are between the ages of 21–40 and are interested in joining the group, or would like more information on the next Jaycees' Nite Out, visit the Jaycees' Facebook page or their website at www.StatesboroJaycees.com, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.