Elegance abounded at the fourth annual “Changing Lives” fundraiser supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Louis L. Valentine Club.
Presented by the Valentine Club Board of Managers, the Sept. 24 event was held at the Sunda New Asian restaurant and raised $25,000 to help fund after-school programs that benefit the Valentine Club’s 1,300 members between the ages of six and 18.
Valentine Board of Manager Secretary and Event Chairwoman Vivian Valtas says the time and contributions made by donors and volunteers truly is “Changing Lives” for kids in the near south side communities of Chinatown, Bridgeport, Canaryville, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards. She also noted that the Valentine Club has the most diverse mix of youth among all Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, as well as an extremely diverse base of supporters.
Guest enjoyed Japanese Taiko drummers, a celebrated Chicago DJ, and a five-course dinner. Chicago DJ Mancow Muller served as the Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment included music by Mark Burnell, along with a performance by the talented 11-year-old Valentine Club member Nyjah Johnson, who performed “Cups.”
Members of the Louis L. Valentine Boys & Girls Club of Chicago enjoy after-school program services, including meals, homework assistance, sports, arts and crafts, dance, swimming and leadership programs.