The longest running and highest grossing fundraiser of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Steak n’ Burger has been bringing Club members and donors together to share a meal and meaningful conversations for 49 years.
During these trying times we have decided to transition our 49th Annual Steak n' Burger Dinner to a virtual event. I hope through the videos, images, and stories we have produced that you will love our Club kids as we do and understand why we advocate for them every day and in everything we do. They are the reason we, as an organization, exist.
Boys & Girls Clubs had our beginnings at the onset of the Civil War. As most families had to work factory jobs and chaos ruled the escalating crisis, three women in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley imagined a better future.
Believing that children who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing young people's interests, improving their behavior and increasing their personal expectations and goals. A cause was born.
Our local history is much the same as BGCA’s. In 1958 a group of young men met in the home of John (Buddy) Thomason determined to find a way to mentor young men in our community. Their commitment to their mission led to the founding of The Phoenix Club, an organization of young up-and-coming leaders in the community brought together for the purpose of raising funds to support a club for young boys.
Today we have 9 Club locations across the city in areas of extreme poverty and our JuicePlus+ Technical Training Center on Walker Ave. We have accomplished so many great things but there is still so much more we can do. Join us as we help create Great Futures for the youth of Memphis for many years to come!
Ryan agreed to be our guest speaker and our staff along with our Club kids were excited beyond measure to hear his inspirational talk. However, in light of the current situation we find ourselves in that will not happen but Ryan was gracious enough to send us a small video in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.
Ryan was named the head coach of the Memphis football program on Dec. 13, 2019 and directed the Tigers in their first-ever appearance in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against Penn State on Dec. 28, 2019..
Mearl is an institution in Memphis TV and having her emcee our event would have been spectacular however, Mearl sent us a video showing her support and we love her even more.
Mearl Purvis grew up on the traditions that have molded her into an award winning journalist and a community engaged person. Fairness, family, gratitude and compassion.
Her stories often examine the lives of the unsung heroes and heroines making a difference in their communities. Ask her what her favorite past time activities are and with enthusiasm she will say reading to school children, enjoying art and music and interior design.
Mearl has won eight Regional Emmy Awards, the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, the equally prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and the J.C. Penny Missouri Award. The graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, MS Mearl was trained to be a well-rounded journalist and learned how to write, edit, produce as well as anchor.
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Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating Club members’ extraordinary achievements. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
A Youth of the Year is selected in the local Club from a pool of members who have participated in a year-round recognition program. The local Youth of the Year serves as a role model for other young people in the Club and as a representative to the community.
Jyahyara Lawson is a senior at Kingsbury High School where she is a member of the school’s newspaper staff and varsity track team. She has been a member of Ira Samelson Boys & Girls Club for three years. She is a member of the Torch Club and leader within the Notes for Notes Music Studio. Before coming to the club, Jyahyara’s internal struggles caused anxiety in social situations. She has an incredible fear of engaging with others. However, she credits participating in Boys & Girls Clubs programming for helping her connect with her feelings and become courageous enough to come out of her shell. At a very young age she was diagnosed with cancer but faith, hard work and a steady support system has enabled her to beat the odds and live a full, healthy and active life. She plans to attend South West College after high school and becoming a licensed cosmetologist.
At the end of our Steak n' Burger dinner we always make a request for donations to elp ensure that the doors to our Clubs remain open for the 4,500 kids that go through them yearly. Mednikow Jewelers graciously donates a gift certificate that will be raffled off from the donations received that night. Our circumstances have changed and so will our raffle. All donations received during the month of April & May will go into a drawing for the jewelry item as well as separate drawings for two autographed footballs donated by Coach Ryan Silverfield #GoTigersGo! We will host all three drawings on Facebook live Monday, June 1st at 10am. Tune in to see the winners!
A huge than you goes to our sponsors for supporting the 5,000 kdis that pass through our doors every year. Their sponsorships enable us to provide programming designed to boost our youths' academic performance, encourage healthy lifestyles, and foster good character and citizenship.