Clubs Members Take Center Stage at 30th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner

Oct 21, 2022 | by Brent Rinehart

“It’s great to be back … in person!”

Larry Sprinkle, the master of ceremonies for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte’s Steak & Burger Dinner, has participated in all 30 of these Club events in Charlotte. The last two years, the tradition has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His celebratory announcement at the top of the program was met with cheers from the guests, Club members and staff.

The Steak & Burger Dinner is an annual opportunity to highlight the success of our Boys & Girls Club members, as well as shining the light on the important work of the Clubs.

The evening kicked off with a red carpet experience for the Club members, as they entered the grand hall to cheers and high fives. During the program, the crowd was wowed by memorable performances from the Joyful Praise Dancers and vocalist Patience Davis, from our Booth Commons Club.

During the program, we highlighted the amazing accomplishments of our outstanding alumni. Our Youth of the Year Janae-Rose Fageyinbo is in her first year at Yale University. Also, our inaugural recipients of the Clary Family Foundation Scholarship are doing amazing work in their respective colleges and universities: Tonea Welch at Shaw University, Paradise Jones at CPCC and Fellow Lewis at Jackson State University.

The ultimate goal of the event is to inspire people to action. That’s where Judge Glenda Hatchett comes in. Judge Hatchett, the keynote speaker for the evening, is well-known for her role on the two-time Emmy nominated syndicated show “Judge Hatchett.” What you may not know is her heart for youth and for inspiring others to make a difference.

“We only get this chance to get this right for these young people while they are still young people,” she said. “The investment you make today will pay over and over again, long after we are gone.”

She spoke passionately about the generational impact we can have. By supporting a young person today, we can be a key ingredient to their success, that one day may help them become the first in their family to attend college.

“We don’t do this for the accolades. The ‘thanks’ will come when the desperate cry of a child is replaced by the laughter of a child – symbolic of hope and potential for a brighter tomorrow.”

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped to make the 30th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner a success, including the Charlotte Auto Show, Hendrick Family Foundation, Brighthouse Financial, Bundy Group, Harris Teeter, First Citizens, JPMorgan Chase & Company, RSM, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, DCLI, First Horizon and many more.

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