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Sandy Boyd of Buena Vista and Oren Dreeben of Salida will be recognized as Club Heroes at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County’s Great Futures Gala at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County Logo Courtesy of the Salida Chamber of Commerce

Club Heroes are singled out for their exceptional service and dedication to the Boys and Girls Clubs’ vision of building great futures for the kids of Chaffee County.

Dreeben has been deeply involved in the Club for the past decade. “Oren has contributed his time, talent, and treasure in so many ways,” said BGCCC Board Chair Duncan Campbell. “He’s been a board member, board chair, and a continuous—and extremely popular—volunteer with our Club kids, helping them with their homework.”

Boyd has been a key supporter of the BV Club since it opened in 2006, according to emeritus board member Scott Erchul.

“Sandy calls me annually and says, ‘Scott, I have a check for you to pick up.’ It’s rare for people to initiate offering their financial contributions without being asked,” said Erchul. “It’s community members such as Sandy Boyd who have helped the Boys & Girls Clubs serve thousands of youth in Chaffee County over the years.”

In addition to honoring the Club Heroes, the Gala will showcase the comedic talents of mind reader Sean Bott, described by the LA Times as “a crazy blend of Jack Black and Chris Angel—he’s amazing!” Bott has appeared on HBO, MTV, CBS and NBC and has brought his powerful tools for connection to more than 1,500 events at universities, organizations and corporations.

The evening also features a buffet dinner, cash bar, and live auction emceed by Jim Wilson. Auction items include a getaway in Mexico, a full-day fishing/float trip with ArkAnglers, and a Cape Cod vacation. Salida artist Joshua Been will create a painting during the event that will also be auctioned off. All proceeds go toward running the Salida and BV Clubs to benefit the kids.

In line with the Gala’s great futures theme, futuristic dress attire is encouraged.

Space for the Gala is limited. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at Eventbrite.com. Search for “Great Futures Gala.”

To protect the health of our community, this is a self-attested COVID-19 vaccinated-only event.