In recent years the story behind the Cedar Mountain Boys and Girls Club has read like a script written for a made-for-TV movie. A small town boys and girls club in financial distress is saved by a few dedicated individuals determined to succeed and refusing to fail. With the wolf banging at the door and time running out, heroes rush in at the last moment to rescue the club from dissolution.
The story is true and the recent Cedar Mountain Boys and Girls Club Winter Gala celebrated the club’s happy ending and acknowledgedthe hard work taking place at the club. The party marked the beginning of the Christmas season, the most wonderful time of the year for children and adults.
The Winter Gala was beautifully decorated in silver and blue with lovely centerpieces.
Merchandise donated by patrons and local businesses was displayed for guests wishing to purchase a “chance to win” tickets in lieu of a raffle.
The Hot Springs Village Big Band provided music for dinner and dancing and Home Plate Café catered the event.
A total of 215 guests enjoyed the night and, if preliminary numbers hold true, raised approximately $24,000 to buoy the club’s bank account. “It’s been a wonderful evening,” Jasen Kelly, chief executive officer of the CMBGC, told the Hot Springs Village Voice. “The music is great, the food was great and the people are so generous. It’s really very humbling.
“Can I thank our sponsors? Without Arvest, Dr. Rick and Chris Cash, Ike Eisenhauer Insurance Agency, Everett Dealerships, Good Spirits, Dr. Ken and Pat Poole, Relyance Bank, Re/Max of Hot Springs Village and Gary and Donna Waldrop, we wouldn’t be able to share in this special night.