Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area will host its 2018 Great Futures Youth of the Year Dinner on April 5 to recognize outstanding club members.

Dinner and event activities will begin at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area at 410 E. Main St. in Alma.

There is no cost to attend the event, but a support opportunity will be offered during the dinner. Table sponsorships are available for $300 and event sponsorships range from $500 to $3,000.

All proceeds benefit the Alma club and will help support its summer program, said Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area Chief Executive Officer Elaina Damante.

“The reason we hold our fundraisers is to keep our membership fees low so that all children can attend, and to scholarship those children who are unable to pay the fee,” Damante said. “Summer is one of our busiest times, but also one of the most costly for the club.”

Damante emphasized the important role the club plays in the community by providing a safe and fun environment for children to eat and spend their time after school and during the summer months.

“We have an average of 182 members attend daily and serve more than 1,685 meals each month,” Damante said. “We are making a huge impact on the community.”

During the event guests will hear from the Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area Youth of the Year Ezekiel “Zeik” Gregory on the challenges he has faced and his experiences at the club.

Gregory was named the club’s youth of the year in February by the Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area Board of Directors. He is the son of Cheryl and Lee Gregory of Mountainburg.

A senior at Alma High School, Gregory was chosen as an Outstanding Musician in the school band from 2015-2018. He has received music-based scholarships for college at the University of Central Arkansas, where he plans to major in music.

Gregory also is a member of DECA and has placed third in state competitions, and has volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Socktober, which donates socks to the homeless, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Guests at the Great Futures dinner also will hear brief speeches from the other four youth of the year candidates Chandler Champion, Brandi Shearburn, Grace Murphy and Madison Holloway.

“Our youth of the year is chosen from the exceptional members who come to the club,” Damante said. “Many wonderful opportunities are opened up for the young person who earns the youth of the year title.”

State Rep. Charlotte Douglas and State Sen. Bryan King will give a legislative citation during the event, and there will be a brief video message from Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.

Dinner will be catered by Stirred Catering and Coffee. Premier sponsors for the event are the Greene Family and Foster Roofing.

To sponsor the event or RSVP, email taniah@almabgc.