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Dallas Boys & Girls Club puts on the ritz to mark half a century of changing lives

Boys & Girls Club puts on the ritz to mark 50 years of changing lives

Maria Leon, Robert Naranjo and Yvette and Robert Feiger, Billiard Ball
Maria Leon, Robert Naranjo, Yvette Feiger, Robert Feiger Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Mandy and Charles Townsend, Kristie and Greg Konstans, Billiard Ball
Mandy Townsend, Charles Townsend, Kristie Konstans, Greg Konstans Photo by Rhiannon Lee
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Allan McBee, Lynn McBee Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Day and George Watson, Billiard Ball
Day Watson, George Watson Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Janie and David Condon,  Stacy Girard and Jerry Rasansky, Billiard Ball
Janie Condon, David Condon, Stacy Girard, Jerry Rasansky Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Steve and Barbara Durham, Chris Trowbridge, Rachel Trowbridge, Billiard Ball
Steve Durham, Barbara Durham, Rachel Trowbridge, Chris Trowbridge Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Misty and Zach Couch, Billard Ball
Misty Couch, Zach Couch
 Tara and Bill Durham, Peter and Kristin Durham, Billard Ball
Tara Durham, Bill Durham, Peter Durham, Kristin Durham Courtesy of Billiard Ball Co-­chairs Tara and Bill Durham and Peter and Kristin Durham, Billard Ball
Arden Ellis, Billiard Ball Co-­‐chair Julie Rado, Jennifer Hoff, Billard Ball
Arden Ellis, Julie Rado, Jennifer Hoff
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Guests enjoyed a multi-course dinner while event chairs addressed the crowd and thanked event sponsors. Photo by Rhiannon Lee
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A flash mob by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas members and New Century Dance Company.
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There was, of course, a billiard tournament. Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Maria Leon, Robert Naranjo and Yvette and Robert Feiger, Billiard Ball
Mandy and Charles Townsend, Kristie and Greg Konstans, Billiard Ball
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Day and George Watson, Billiard Ball
Janie and David Condon,  Stacy Girard and Jerry Rasansky, Billiard Ball
Steve and Barbara Durham, Chris Trowbridge, Rachel Trowbridge, Billiard Ball
Misty and Zach Couch, Billard Ball
 Tara and Bill Durham, Peter and Kristin Durham, Billard Ball
Arden Ellis, Billiard Ball Co-­‐chair Julie Rado, Jennifer Hoff, Billard Ball
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A 50th anniversary celebration calls for something unexpected, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas (BGCD) delivered at the 2015 Billiard Ball. A surprise flash mob performance by New Century Dance Company and BGCD members interrupted the opening cocktail reception, and participants ushered party guests into the Ritz-Carlton ballroom where the program began in earnest.

After a warm welcome from emcee Scott Murray, BGCD CEO Charles English and board chair Chris Trowbridge spoke to attendees about the impact the organization has on the youth of our city. Then New Century Dance Company returned for another powerful performance, which was followed by a lavish dinner.

A few thank yous to sponsors and supporters were in order, and Billiard Ball co-chairs Barbara and Steve Durham, Julie and Steve Rado, Tara and Bill Durham, and Kristin and Peter Durham made their way to the stage to do just that. A lively game of heads and tails then revved up the audience for the live auction, which included resort packages, Dallas Cowboys game day experience and dinner with Kent Rathbun.

Guests — including Janie and David Condon, Stacy Girard, Jerry Rasansky, Lynn and Allan McBee, and Day and George Watson — also participated in “fund a cause,” which raised $25,000, with a dollar-for-dollar match from Maverick Capital. Following the live auction, guests danced the night away to live music by Project M while others played in the billiard tournament.

Funds raised during this exciting evening help support programs focusing on the academic success, healthy lifestyle, good character and citizenship of the kiddos of this great city. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas has been providing life-changing services for youth in Dallas the surrounding areas for half a century.