The annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach Gala ("All That Glitters") held on April 5, 2014 raised over $850,000 for this charity. The Gala also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach (the club opened its doors to boys in 1939, and a girls club was established in 1960).
Fulwider Patton's Vern Schooley attended the Gala in support of this worthy cause. Below is a picture of Vern with his wife Trish at the event.
The Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach offers a mix of academic and sports programs, and provides tutoring and mentoring services designed to keep them in school and to prepare them for college. The participants range from 7 to 17 years old, and more than 80 percent come from low-income homes, with about 60 percent living in single-parent households. The organization has three locations in Long Beach and also operates at eight school sites and three parks. Relying on volunteer tutors and mentors, the organization serves about 1,200 youths daily.