A recent weekend event may have been focused on celebrating the yuletide, but the spirit surrounding it showed just how much the people of Craig are dedicated to their local youth even beyond the holidays.
Saturday night’s Cowboy Christmas at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a huge success. Between the tickets for the dinner and the funds brought in by auction activities, organizers are still tabulating how much was raised by the event, but the sheer turnout was something Club Executive Director Dana Duran found very encouraging.
Nearly 300 people showed up for the meal, Duran said.
“I think it was our biggest turnout ever, and I thought it was incredible,” she said. “Looking out amongst the crowd, it was obvious to me that Boys & Girls Club belongs to the community and that they value it. I want to thank every person that came, every donor who contributed and every person that supported the Club.”
Duran added that having the staff and board members of Boys & Girls Club present was also important.
“They’re the unsung heroes of everything we do here,” she said.
In addition to the fun night that included food, live music and more, the Club honored its People of the Year, among them Terry Doherty as Georgina McAnally Volunteer of the Year. Doherty has served in many capacities with the organization and has spent hours of her time working with the young people of the area.
“She goes above and beyond to help others, so this was a chance to let her know we appreciate what she does,” Duran said. “She was really surprised.”
Couple John and Janele Husband were honored as Man and Woman of the Year, while Miguel Meza was given Youth of the Year.
Meza pulled on the audiences’ heartstrings with his honest and well-written speech.
“Life for me when I was younger was not that great,” he said. “I constantly dealt with being called names, getting made fun of and people laughing at me… During all of these rough times, there was a place where I loved to go — the one place where I felt like I belonged, where I felt like a kid, where I wasn’t judged, where there wasn’t fighting all the time: The Boys & Girls Club.”
Meza got a standing ovation, which stamped how much the community and youth appreciate the club.