The Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi is now selling tickets to this year's "Celebration of Excellence" dinner. Money raised from the event goes to finance year-round operation. Organizers expect a success with the meal from outback steakhouse and a key note address from New Orleans Saint, Deuce McAllister.
"He just has a passion for children. He said anytime he can have a chance to talk to children to speak with them he gets so excited about that," said board member Patrick Lewis.
The club had to cancel its 2005 Celebration of Excellence, because it came in the days following Hurricane Katrina. The Cochran Center served as an emergency shelter.
The fundraiser is June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Frank Cochran Center in Meridian's Highland Park.
Individual tickets are $100 and sponsorships are available. For more information contact the Boys and Girls Club at 601-482-2544.