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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County to Honor Tom & Debbie Shapiro as the 2019 Champions for Children

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SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY NOV 6, 2019

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Tom and Debbie Shapiro at its annual Champions for Children gala on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The couple’s demonstrated passion and commitment to empower children and teens through transformative programs has played an instrumental role in helping the organization grow as a leader in youth development. Since Tom joined the Board of Directors in 2007, the Shapiros’ dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County’s mission has paved the way for innovative programs and life-changing opportunities for youth. Perhaps the couple’s most notable initiative at the organization is the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center, which is a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2016 and offers workforce development opportunities for teens such as vocational training, college and career prep, leadership development and entrepreneurial training.

Presented by the Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation, Champions for Children will take place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota and begin at 6 p.m. The gala will feature a reception, three-course gourmet meal by Chef Paul Mattison and Mattison’s Catering, a live and silent auction, and live performances by Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County members. All event proceeds will support the organization’s enriching programs that help thousands of local youth excel in school, become leaders, adopt healthy habits and create plans for success after high school graduation. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bgcsarasota.com.

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