UNION, NJ – Sixty years of changing lives is something to celebrate! Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County as we honor our sixtieth anniversary with a special Gala Celebration.

On Friday, October 23, the generous hearts of alumni, members, staff, supporters, community leaders, and friends will come together to celebrate the rich and proud history of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County. The celebration will take place at the Clubhouse at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, New Jersey from 6 - 10 p.m.

“I have been a part of this organization for over 35 years and I am so proud of how far we have come in that time,” said Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer. “We are looking forward to joining with our supporters and the community as we honor this organization and celebrate the thousands of lives we have touched.”

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Gala sponsors include: Altria, Law Office of Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, Kean University, and Elizabethtown Gas (AGL Resources). The evening will begin with a cocktail hour, as guests enjoy an open bar, photo opportunity, and commemorative displays; followed by dinner and dessert.

We are pleased to announce that Jim Clark, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is our special guest and we will honor Where Angels Play Foundation. Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Board President, Robert Poles, and Chief Executive Officer, Russell Triolo, will commemorate our proud history. Guests will meet members of our teen leadership club, Keystone, and see first-hand the results of our programs.

A collection of unique gifts will be available for silent auction. Several prizes include Louis XIII cognac, Steve Weatherford (NY Giants) autographed cleat, 2 first class airline tickets on United Airlines, a 50” flat screen television, 4 Disney Park hopper passes, Allan Houston (NY Knicks) autographed basketball, Silpada sterling silver bracelet, Movado BOLD watch, EJ Manuel (Buffalo Bills) autographed game football, original artwork, 4 VIP tickets to The Meredith Vieira Show, social membership to Bella Vista Country Club, and many more! A Keepsake Journal, featuring our 60 year history and all of our supportive sponsors will highlight the evening.

Join us for this for this spectacular evening and become a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County’s history! Don’t miss out on the Union County social event of the year - tickets can be purchased online at bgcuc.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County seek to inspire and enable young people, who need them most, to realize their full potential and have provided opportunity for youth since 1955. They are part of a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach.