OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) – The Boys and Girls Club of Owensboro has helped many children over the years learn valuable life skills.
So much so that former club members have returned to raise funds for those currently in the program.
“It’s like a big tailgate party actually, and we’re here to support the kids,” said Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club CEO Steve Winkler.
The event, formerly known as ‘100 Men Who Cook’, is now called ‘Chefs Giving’. The goal is to raise money for the children of the Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club in Owensboro.
“We want to make sure our kids are safe number one,” Winkler said. “Make sure they have a strong mentor in our number two clubs. And make sure they are going to develop leaders in our community.
Winkler has been with the club for 23 years. A time when his daughter Kalie reaped the benefits of the community organization.
“I learned a lot of life lessons, and now I see the members of the club who were there growing up and I see what they learned from what we taught them,” Kalie said. “It just means a lot.”
Not only did it mean a lot to Kalie, but it also touched the lives of countless people.
“It meant a lot to me in my life, and it meant a lot to a lot of kids growing up,” Richard House said.
House is a Boys and Girls Club alumnus. On Saturday, he joined 49 other chefs to raise money for the organization.
This is the fifth time he has done it, he understands the importance of supporting the organization that has supported his growth.
“I was where they were,” House said. “I know how important the organization is, and an organization needs funds and resources. This community endowed him with many resources.
Chase Roberts came to the event to help his cousin, who is on the Boys and Girls Club board, with her table.
“I’m definitely going to be back next year, and hopefully everyone can come and do it,” Roberts said.
The money raised will be used to advance school programs offered by the Boys and Girls Club of Owensboro.
House hopes the money raised will continue to help the place he loved to call home.
“I hope they can continue to grow because they provide such a positive environment for children,” House said.
Winkler says he loves seeing former members come out to support the current mission.
Event sponsor US Bank says it is honored to sponsor the event, adding that the organization is making a big difference in the community.
The event, although halved from their usual gathering, should help a lot.
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