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October 17th, 2007

Glenn E. Hines 5th Annual Gala

James Ponder, Wellington Eggleston, Rev. Sylvester McClearn, Mary Bryant-Joyner and Billie McClearn.
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New Windsor - In the tradition of honoring those who have made a difference in the community, the Glenn Hines Boys & Girls Club held their 5th Annual Global Celebration and Awards Gala, with the theme "A Hero Lies In You!"

In 1946, Mr. Glenn E. Hines recognized that the disadvantaged youth in the City of Newburgh needed ongoing relationships with caring adults; life enhancing programs; character development; hope and opportunity. While times have changed, Hines’ vision of a place where youth could reach their full potential hasn’t. It has grown into the Glenn E Hines Memorial Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh (BGCN).

The 2007 gala was held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor and paid special tribute to the late Michael White, a beloved community servant who passed away in October of 2006. The Glenn Hines Memorial Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, "salutes our Hero, Mr. White. He taught us that a hero lies in each and every one of us. We love and miss him."

The evening’s Master of Ceremonies, James Steed, kept things moving with the help of event organizer Kitt Potter and chairperson Kathleen Parisi. This year’s "Power Couple" Rev. Sylvester and Billie McClearn, were honored for their many years of dedication to the community and their tireless faith based and youth service.

This year’s gala saw Mary Bryant-Joyner, Wellington "Skip" Eggleston and James Ponder inducted into the Glenn Hines Alumni Hall of Fame. They are the second group to be inducted into the local Hall of Fame. It was created to recognize the accomplishments of former Club members who have gone on to make major contributions in their field with thanks for the positive influence they extend toward current Club members. They join the roster of distinguished BGCA Alumni such as Jennifer Lopez, Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett. "Children can follow them," Runston "pop" Lewis, the Chief Volunteer Officer said. "They are regular, former club members... they never asked for recognition," Lewis concluded.

The benefit event celebrated the Glenn Hines Boys & Girls Club’s 11th Year in the Movement and. featured dance performances by the fabulous Glenn Hines African Dancers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Glenn Hines Boys & Girls Club which has taken members from the Club House to the White House; from the games room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school classroom to Notre Dame University. Giving young people the skills they need to succeed in life, they’re nationally and locally recognized programs are offered at, North Junior High School, South Junior High School and the Mullins Apartments.

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