Putting it all at ‘steak

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Putting it all at ‘steak’ By Rey Perez

The folks at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County are once again putting it all at “steak” for the children in 2010 with their Steak and Burger Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 30. The 11th annual event hosted by the not-for-profit organization is just another notch on the fundraising belt of the Boys and Girls Clubs, all in favor of great livelihoods for the children of Porter County. The Mission of Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County is to inspire and enable the youth the region to reach their full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens.

A yearly venture, the Steak and Burger dinner has become the signature fundraising event for the Boys and Girls club. Started over 45 years ago nationally, the Steak and Burger Dinner offers a unique twist for the youthful members of the Boys and Girls club. While the youngsters dine on a wonderfully-prepared steak, their parents and other attendees of the dinner enjoy a still enjoyable, yet not quite steak, burger.
The Boys and Girls Clubs see this as a way to honor the children as they should be.
“We want our sponsors to be able to sit down and interact with the kids.” Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Tricia Howe, who organized the event this year, said.
The sponsors are able to then how far their contributions to the club have gone to put smiles on the faces of the tots.
Along with a meal, the Boys and Girls Club also holds a silent auction as well as many give-aways during the event. There will be 10 bikes raffled off to random club members, five to each gender in total to ride away on. The 400-500 expected guests will have the chance to make bids during a silent auction to raise money for the club.
Every dollar donated is quickly deposited right back into the Boys and Girls Club in the form of necessary expenses and other fundraising events. With over 5,000 members of the club in the Porter County area, the expenses must be paid for through creative events and auctions.
Among the items available for bid are balls signed by Big Ten Coaches, Chicago Blackhawks fan packages, signed jerseys and Gary Shouthshore RailCats suite packages to boot.
“Our goal is to raise $25,000,” Howe said, excited with the possibilities the event possesses.
Adding to the already popular events draw this year is local standout and Purdue basketball player Robbie Hummel. Hummel spent his high school career roaming the halls and pounding the hardwood of Valparaiso High School. Hummel will be the special guest speaker during dinner to talk to the children about positive topics like perseverance and drive, and to always follow their hearts and dreams.
“It’s a little bit more attractive this year,” Howe said when referring to the special guest.
Of course, many of the children as well as parents and sponsors in Northwest Indiana are avid basketball fans and are even more excited to attend being that they will be given the opportunity to interact with Hummel before he gives his speech. Hummel, a previous member of the Porter County Boys and Girls Club, was selected his integrity and commitment when he returned from a knee injury to lead Purdue during the 2010 NCAA tournament.
Previous speakers at the Steak and Burger Dinner have been former Olympic Gymnast Kerri Strug and former U.S track and field star and motivational speaker Bruce Jenner. But Hummel is special however, as his familiarity to the region and his family’s ties to Boys and Girls Club board members certainly made him the obvious choice for the event.
This year’s Steak and Burger dinner will take place on Sept. 30 from 5:15 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center. The event is open to the public with a $25 dollar donation at the door or a $20 dollar advanced donation. All that’s needed to attend is an appetite for burgers and an intention to have a great time.
For more information about contributing to the Boys and Girls Club of Porter County or attending the Steak and Burger Dinner, contact Tricia Howe at the Boys and Girls Club at 219-464-7282, or visit www.bgcpoco.org.

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