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On September 28, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County hosted a new countywide event called the Great Futures Gala in the Pavilion at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

The Boys and Girls Club Gala was a costume party featuring galactic attire. From left to right: Brice Turnbull, Oren Dreebe, Melodee Kennington, a well-attired alien, Alison Brown, Miki Hodge and Kristi Love. Photo by Sandy Hodge.

“After expenses, we raised $28,000 at our Great Futures Gala event,” explained Chaffee County Executive Director Brian Beaulieu. “I’m looking forward to hosting the event again next year at Mount Princeton.”

The Great Futures Gala replaces the Salida Club’s Casino Night and Buena Vista Club’s Boots and Bolos fundraisers of past years. This year’s Gala featured a buffet dinner, a speech by Youth of the Year, Kuper Banghart, and a live auction emceed by Jim Wilson. Auction items included a trip to Mexico, a full-day fishing/float trip on the Arkansas River, and a Cape Cod vacation.

Mindreader Sean Bott rounded out the evening’s entertainment and underscored the futuristic theme. The Clubs strive “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Featured image: Oren Dreebe introduces the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Kuper Banghart. Photo by Sandy Hodge.