(April 2013, Harford County, MD) A capacity crowd filled the New Life Center at Mountain Christian Church on March 27 for the 23rd Annual Steak & Burger/Youth of the Year Dinner for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County. The annual fundraising and award event raised a record-breaking $57,000 for the Harford County Clubs and named Joi Dixon 2013 Youth of the Year.
Colonel Gregory McClinton, APG Garrison Commander and Boys & Girls Club alum, was the keynote speaker, and Sarah Caldwell, morning traffic and noon news anchor for WBAL-TV 11 was the emcee for the evening.
Presenting sponsor Texas Roadhouse of Fallston provided the beef for the evening, serving grilled hamburgers to the adults in attendance and sirloin steak to the kids as is the tradition of the evening focused on honoring the children who attend the Clubs and participate in the programs. “Texas Roadhouse and Managing Partner Adam Osborn were integral to the success of this year’s event,” says Executive Director, Tim Wills. “The donation of all the food for the evening and Adam’s expert planning and serving skills allowed us to concentrate on the fundraising aspect of the night.”
Youth of the Year Joi Dixon, a freshman at Edgewood High School, was one of the four finalists honored at this year’s dinner. Joi loves school and maintains a better than 3.0 GPA while helping care for her two younger sisters, actively participating in several Club programs, and logging over 800 hours of volunteer service in her community. “To me the Boys & Girls Clubs means new opportunities,” says Joi. “I’ve been able to learn about myself in programs like ‘I’m Healthy,’ ‘Smart Girls’ and ‘I’m Successful.’ I’ve been on field trips to WBAL-TV station, Warfield Air National Guard Base, and a Baltimore Ravens Game. And, I get the chance to teach other Club members by reading to the younger kids in the Learning Center or assisting and tutoring my peers in a STEM program.” Joi’s future plans include pursuing a degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, becoming an orthopedic surgeon, and eventually giving back to the Boys & Girls Clubs. “I would like to make enough money to donate back to the Clubs and come back and speak to the kids to show them what commitment looks like.” As the 2013 Youth of the Year winner, Joi was awarded a $1000 education scholarship by the Taco Bell A Step 2 Success program and a laptop computer courtesy of Best Buy in Bel Air.
The other finalists, Myah Von Haack from the Bel Air Club, Dayvon Coates from the Havre de Grace Club, and Ciara Grimmet from the Aberdeen Club received $500 education Scholarships from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County Endowment College Scholarship Fund and Kindle Fire eReaders from Best Buy.
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County call 410-272-0010 or visit BGCHarfordCo.org