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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast to Host 3rd Annual Lunch with the Tampa Bay Rays

The Annual Rays luncheon will be held on June 15 at the Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club

(Largo, Florida) – As part of a nationwide effort to promote the importance of positive adult mentors, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast will host the 3rd Annual Tampa Bay Rays Lunch. The lunch will take place on Friday, June 15 at from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Boys & Girls Club facility in Pinellas Park, located at 7790 61st Street North Pinellas Park, FL 33781.

The lunch event provides a unique opportunity to meet and have lunch with the Tampa Bay Rays players, media personalities, and management. Tampa Bay Ray’s Sean Rodriguez is scheduled to attend the event, and three more players will be determined the week of the event.

“This particular event appeals to every age range in our organization. Everyone looks forward to meeting the Tampa Bay Rays players. We believe in positive role models; and there is nothing better than being able to have professional local athletes come join us and speak to the kids,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast President Nita Smith.

In addition to lunch, there will be raffles for game tickets and a raffle for a special “meet and greet” session with the four players immediately following lynch. One representative from each $5,000 sponsorship table will be invited to the meet and greet as well.

The available sponsorships are:

• $5,000 table sponsorship- receives an autographed Tampa Bay Rays jersey by Sean Rodriguez, seating for 8 (the other two seats will be filled by a player and an honored Club Kid).  They will be recognized at the luncheon and will receive recognition in the program.
• $2,5000 sponsorship- receives an autographed bat, seating for 10, and recognition at the luncheon and in the program.
• $1,000 sponsorship receives an autographed baseball,  seating for 10, and name in the program

Seating is only guaranteed with advanced purchase. Tickets to the 2012 Rays Luncheon will cost $50 and corporate tables will cost $500 (10 seats).  For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit www.bgcsun.org or contact Shari Phillips at  727-638-5181 or raysluncheon@bgcsun.org.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Tampa Bay Rays Lunch: Raymond James, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Brighthouse Sports Network, Unilever, and Valpak.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Coast
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement came to Pinellas County in November 1959 with the founding of the Boys Club of Pinellas Park by Police Chief Maurice L. MacTarsney and Margaret “Peg” Nunn.  The Club began operating in January 1960 in an old frame building leased from the City of Pinellas Park with its 1st executive director, James S Hart Jr.  The Boys Clubs of Pinellas, Inc. was chartered in August 1967 when its second club opened at the Northside location in St. Petersburg.  In May 1970, at the urging of both the United Way and the Boys Clubs of America, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County, Inc. was organized.  In 1991, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County opened its programs to all youth, forming Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast (BGCS), as we know it today, now with seven locations. The sole purpose of BGCS is to provide children, youth, their families and the community opportunities for safe, structured, well supervised after school and summer youth programs, with an emphasis on leadership, education and self sufficiency.  The organization has proven its commitment to service for children and community members with innovative and progressive programming and opportunities.  Supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs include government politicians, law enforcement agency representatives, financial institutions, and education boards, among other concerned citizens.  To find out more or to help, visit www.bgcsun.org.

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