Steak & Stake Fills Olympic Sized Void for Club Kids
I was extremely blessed that someone from Boys & Girls Clubs came into my community and saw my potential -Jackie Joyner-Kersee
The 12th Annual Steak and Stake Dinner and Auction presented by John Jacobs Construction was once again a big hit in St. Lucie County. Boys & Girls Club alumnus Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the big draw as she shared stories of her Olympic experiences and growing up as a Club kid in what was a ‘Boys only’ club at the time as the keynote speaker of the annual fundraising event held Friday, Oct. 25 at the PGA Island Club in St. Lucie West.
“Being able to help Clubs here in Florida is no different than in East St. Louis. So many kids need the guidance the clubs bring because they just don’t have it at home because of their own circumstances,” stated Jackie Joyner-Kersee
True to its theme this year’s Steak and Stake was a celebration of superheroes. From the decorations to the attire, the superhero keynote speaker to the club kids in attendance and finishing with the incredible attendees raising more money than it had in the past, it was a night to remember for all involved.
“We had a great committee that amped up every level of the event from Jackie Joyner-Kersee as our influential keynote speaker to all the details in the room. We are happy to have met our goal but we still have a long way to go with our need for transportation by having a vehicle at all five clubs,” said Leslie Kristof, Keiser University Port St. Lucie campus president and board chair of Steak & Stake.
Dinner was provided by Okeechobee Steakhouse for the second year in a row. Guests enjoyed a fantastic Prime NY Strip steak dinner with all the fixings and participated in the very popular auction of unique items and getaways, a performance by the Chuck Hill Club’s Glam Squad and a generous Halloween themed after-party at Tutto Fresco as they took a stake in a child’s life.
“We have so many people and businesses in St. Lucie County that are able to make a difference in the experiences a Club kid receives. This was a great opportunity for them to meet the kids at the event and hear the success story firsthand from Ms. Joyner-Kersee,” said Will Armstead, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County:
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with a world class Boys & Girls Club experience, assuring that success is within reach for every young person who walks through our doors, and that every Club member graduates from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living healthy lifestyles. The Club enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
With 20 locations throughout the county, Boys & Girls Clubs programs serve a diverse group of kids from grades K-12. We serve 15,000 youth throughout the year from a variety of backgrounds. Be part of something wonderful and take a tour of an area club by calling (772) 460-9918 or visiting www.bgcofslc.org or at www.facebook.com/bgcofslc.
Boys & Girls Club board members Mark Tremblay, Pamela Weldon, Jay McBee, Charles Cuomo, Lori Finkel, Will Amrstead, BGC CEO, Leslie Kristof, Richard Del Toro, board president, and Nate Spera bookend former Club kid, 6-time Olympic medalist and sports legend Jackie Joyner Kersee at the 12th Annual Steak & Stake Dinner & Auction