THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BELLPORT AREA PRESENTS
‘BEACH BALL 2014 as part of THE ART OF SUMMER, 2014’
On Saturday June 21, The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area held their Eleventh Annual Beach Ball at the Bayfront home of Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond. Attended by over 500 people, the event raised funds in excess of $300,000.
Featuring a live and silent auction themed around the “Art of Summer”, the event kicked off at 6pm with food and drinks available from local vendors and served by volunteers and members of the community. Overseen by Carl Hedin and John Wiecks, the offering was eclectic and delicious.
Midway through the event, the crowd stopped for speeches to welcome Michael Bussa, chairman of the board and Tracie Romandetti, executive director to the stage who thanked the attendees and organizers, before introducing the clubs Youth of the Year, Emani Peterson. Emani took the microphone and spoke about the positive impact that the club has had on her life. Finally, Charlie Rose who acted as master of ceremonies for the entire event, spoke about the importance of the club in the community and alluded to a potential job offer for Emani after learning of her desire to enter into journalism.
Later in the evening, an auction took place where a Grucci Fireworks show went for $12,000, a Beyoncé and Jay Z Front Row Package at Met Life Stadium went for $3,200 and a three-night trip to Caneel Bay went for $2,300. Following the auction, guests resumed in their revelry and spent the evening dancing away until 11pm.
Guests included: Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond, Charlie Rose, James Danzinger, Stefan Beckman, Dana Buchman, Amanda Burden, Lucy Danziger, Phil and Debbie Grucci, Bob Morris, Scott Pask, and Angela Westwater.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area has been operating since 1965 as the Bellport Area Community Action Committee Inc. (B.A.C.A.C.) and affiliated with BGCA in 1996. The Club serves over 700 members, between the ages of 5-19, and many other youths through various annual activities. Members are young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances; nearly three-quarters of annual household incomes are $19,000 or less and one-third receive some form of government support.
Its mission is to inspire and enable all young people; especially those in the Bellport Area and South Shore to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. They have just completed a 28,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in North Bellport which includes teen & junior game rooms, teen & junior learning centers, computer lab, teaching kitchen, library, dance room, recording studio, gym and community room/theater. The North Bellport neighborhood is historically a high-need area that has suffered chronic indications of community disorganization, poverty, crime and drug abuse, gangs and violence, academic failure and high drop out rates.
All proceeds from the Beach Ball contribute to the operating expenses of the Boys & Girls Clubhouse and ensure that over 700 children, ages 5 through 19 have a safe place to learn, grow and most importantly, feel a sense of belonging and community.