The Boys and Girls Club of Plant City will host a barbeque lunch Thursday, Sept. 26, to benefit programs at the club, which serves 88 children in the Plant City area. The club offers after school programs and services for children ages 6 through 18 that include tutoring, college preparation, and computer training. Bus services are offered to transport kids from local schools to the club.
Board of trustee member Bonnie Carr explained that the Boys and Girls Club of Plant City seeks to offer kids a place to go to after school where they can do homework and other activities in a supervised, structured environment.
“Our primary objective is to provide a safe place for kids,” she said. “We provide a safe and productive place for kids after school.”
Carr explained that 30 to 40 percent of the children the club serves are teenagers.
“We think that’s so important that so many teenagers are willing to come,” she said.
Funds raised from the barbeque lunch will also go to support scholarships for families who cannot afford membership. The fundraiser will be held at the train depot in Plant City’s historic district located at 102 N. Palmer St. and will last from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The barbeque meals will be prepared by Fred’s Southern Kitchen and will include a half barbequed chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, and a roll. Meals will cost $10 each and will be available for take-out, with delivery being provided for orders of 10 or more.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Boys and Girls Club of Plant City at 901 Waller St. or Myers Cleaners at 104 W. Grant St. and 1701 S. Alexander St.