Two organizations that serve our area youth recently held major events. The Raising Cane's River Center was the site for the Boys & Girls Club's annual Steak & Stake Dinner on Nov. 3 while the City Club hosted the YMCA's annual Cornerstone Endowment Dinner on Oct. 25.

Steak & Stake

The Boys & Girls Club recognized 34 local corporate sponsors, including Cox Communications, Albemarle, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Amerigroup, Faulk & Winkler, Jones Walker and Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips. Representatives of these companies and the evening's other guests were joined by club members for the steak dinner provided by Walk-Ons Catering.

Comedian Howard Hall handled the club's first-ever "Fund the Need" appeal, which raised more than $10,000 in the final moments of the evening. He was proceeded by a performance by the Boys & Girls Club Choir from Forest Heights Elementary School.

WBRZ's Lauren Westbrook served as the event’s emcee.

YMCA Cornerstone

Democracy Prep principal Michelle Gieg enlightened attendees on the positive impact the YMCA has made on her students and thanked officials for allowing the students to use the Baranco Clark Y until they were able to return to their school, which was damaged in August's historic flood.

Recognized as 2016 lifetime members of the Cornerstone Society were C.C. and Alex Lewis, Jon and Barry Blumberg, Debbie and Bob Jacobs, Carole and Charlie Lamar, Courtney and Julio Guillen, Celeste and Danny Bonfiglio, Sue and Don Clark, Shanda and Eddrick Martin, Fonda and George Crooker, Ginger Ford, Jeff Casey, Sylvia and Josh Landry, Laura and Matt Falcon, Mischa and Michael Breard, Mitchell Jacobs, Pete Hicks, Sharon Field, Zefferino Von Kurnatowski, the Baton Rouge Rotary Club/Inner Wheel; Gerry Lane Enterprises, Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation and Jackie Bordelon on behalf of the late Diana Weber.

Honored as 2016 Cornerstone members were Jamie and Alex Lewis Jr., Kate and Andy Blumberg, Kelley and John Buzzell, Cookie and Kerry Uffman, Mike Miller, Debbie and Rickey Heroman, Ty McMains and Star Services.

Begun in 1998, the YMCA's Cornerstone Endowment Fund, managed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, has grown to a pledged amount of over $4.8 million. The Y hopes to recruit 100 new members in celebration of its 100-year anniversary in 2017. Heading up the committee charged with achieving that goal are Lori Bertman, Greg Beyer, Barry Blumberg, Andy Blumberg, Marvin Borgmeyer, David Field, John Gautreau, Edmund Giering, John Godbee, Gwen Hamilton, Jerry Haralson, Lance Kinchen, David Manship, Breard, Heroman and Uffman.


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