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Club auctioning off chance to introduce Munson

The legendary Larry Munson is up for auction.

McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton is auctioning off the chance to introduce the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs at the Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger dinner on March 28 at the Augusta State University athletic complex.

Bidding started at $500 on Monday, and will continue through Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. The auction winner will also sit at the head table with Mr. Munson during the dinner. All proceeds of the auction will benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

Interested bidders should fax their offer to the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce at 595-2143. Bids should have a printed name and signature. Between noon and 5 p.m. on Thursday, bidders may call the chamber at 597-1000 to find out what the high bid is. Multiple bids will be accepted.

When Boys & Girls Club supporters gather for the annual Steak & Burger dinner, they'll be helping out 90 or so local children.

Those students gather after school at the Boys & Girls Club of Thomson-McDuffie County - a place they can work on their homework, play games, fellowship and stay out of trouble.

"Many of these students would otherwise go home to empty houses because of single parents or both parents working to make ends meet," said Mr. Newton in a press release encouraging people to attend the annual steak and burger fundraiser.

At the dinner, the club members are served steak as the guests of honor while the adults attending are served hamburgers.

Individual tickets for this year's Steak & Burger dinner are $100 each and may be purchased at Queensborough National Bank & Trust or at McDuffie Feed & Seed. Corporate sponsorships are also available.

For those wishing to donate to the club but not able to attend the dinner, donated tickets are needed to give parents of club members the opportunity to attend.

Mr. Newton - who serves on the Boys & Girls Club board - said he is concerned about the "sluggish" nature of local fundraising efforts.

"If the Augusta board did not support us financially, we would have a very difficult time keeping the doors open," Mr. Newton said. "We really need to step up our local fundraising and try to stand on our own."

In Thomson, the club emphasizes education by having younger club members attend a mandatory homework session as soon as they arrive. Older students also are required to attend the session if their grades decline.

Mentoring is also a big part of the Boys & Girls club program.

Members are expected to deal with the adult leadership and with each other respectfully. They are also expected to be well groomed and to be dressed properly. If a club member fails to do these things, they are asked to leave the club.

The club also has a game room and gymnasium so that the members can relax and unwind too. Outdoor playground equipment helps on the days when too many members show up to all be inside. Currently there are 110 members and an additional 30 on the waiting list.

For information on tickets or the auction, contact Mr. Newton at 595-2825.

Web posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006

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