Boys & Girls Club to Honor Local Leaders

For many adolescents, the transition from childhood to adulthood is challenging. It is a journey that requires young people to understand and manage such things as physical changes in their bodies; relationships with authority figures, friends and members of the opposite sex; more freedom and responsibility for personal decisions; and increased peer pressure.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lynn has been there for the last 123 years to help youth make the transition a positive and healthy one.

One of the Boys & Girls Club’s traditions that has been embraced by the community is the annual Steak & Burger dinner. This event recognizes business leaders in the community that have had an impact in molding the lives of our young people.

The 21st annual Steak & Burger dinner will be held at the Boys & Girls Club on Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m. The highlight will be the presentation of three major awards.

The Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame will welcome in a new member, Attorney T. Richard Cuffe of Bradley, Moore, Primason, Cuffe and Weber. Cuffe is an 11-year board member that has been instrumental in many facets of the club’s reorganizing its policies and procedures and developing a long-range plan.

Lynn Superintendent of Schools Dr. Catherine Latham will receive the Commitment to Youth Award in recognition of her commitment to inspire and enable the youth of Lynn to realize their full potential. The Boys & Girls Club enjoys an extremely effective working relationship with Lynn Public Schools, thanks in large part to Latham’s taking an active role in the partnership.

The Robert Kennedy Helping Hands Award will be presented to the Breed Family for its long-term support of the Boys & Girls Club. A member of the Breed family has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club since its inception in 1889. Edward “Ned’ Breed, president of Farquhar & Black Insurance, and his daughter, Jessica Wood, represent the Breed family with their involvement in the club today.

The Steak & Burger Dinner is one of the most unique fundraising events on the North Shore. Companies and individuals that purchase tickets sit with selected club members for dinner. While the kids dine on a family-style steak dinner with all of the trimmings, the adults eat hamburgers.  The meal is donated and prepared by Robert Gaudet and the Porthole Restaurant. In addition to the dinner, there is a silent auction that features sports memorabilia, tickets, gift certificates and more.

There are a limited number of tickets that can be purchased by contacting the Boys & Girls Club at 781-593-1772.

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