PLANT CITY – The Boys and Girls Club of Plant City prepared a barbecue lunch at the Train Depot to raise money for programs and club scholarships for students needing a place to go after school ends for the day. Art Wood, a member of the board of trustees for the Plant City club, explained that the eighth annual barbecue held on Sept. 26 is a general fundraiser specifically organized for the Plant City unit.
Catered by Johnson’s Barbecue in Plant City, the fundraiser began at 11 a.m. and lasted through the 1:30 p.m. lunch hour with more than 300 meals being sold at $10 each. Meals were available for pickup or delivery and consisted of chicken, coleslaw, and baked beans. Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol provided additional support for the event.
Wood said that although money is raised individually for the club throughout the year, the barbecue is their main fundraiser.
“This is our big one and it’s once a year,” he said. “This money is earmarked for Plant City.”
The money raised from the fundraiser will go to help fund programs at the club, which serves as many as 50 members a day, with additional registration available year round. The club offers homework tutoring, FCAT preparation, reading, and Power Hour along with services such as after school pick-up, snacks, and classes that teach healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
Taiisha Robinson, director for the Plant City Boys and Girls Club, said that in addition to afterschool programs, the barbecue helps the club offer scholarships, or membership at a discounted rate. The club is for students ages 5-18, with an emphasis on reaching out to older students.
“We try to do different activities that are geared toward high school students,” Robinson said, explaining that often high school students come from nearby neighborhoods after school.
To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Plant City contact them at (813) 707-8490. Registration is in person only and open throughout the year.