51st Annual Steak n’ Burger Dinner
Steak N’ Burger was a night of fun, food, and conversations! Guest entered the Graceland Exhibition Center where they checked in with various BGC staff and helpful volunteers. VIP guests were directed to the Jungle Room Lounge where they could network, enjoy signature cocktails and chat amongst friends, supporters, and our speaker, Michelle Harville-Lebron. Volunteers were stationed around the event center to help guests find their way and provide information on the evening’s events. Club members arrived and were ushered into the Kid Zone where they enjoyed coloring stations, a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, and cotton candy!
Our Steak N’ Burger program began with the host Mearl Purvis anchor for FOX 13 Memphis. Mearl welcomed guests and introduced each club where they lined the room’s perimeter. Mearl asked Tamia Jones a member of the Dynamic Diamonds and John Dustin Buckman Club to join her at the podium where she spoke about how she enjoys being able to attend her dance program in her community of North Memphis. She then led a chant of the beginning stanza of Nas’ song “I Can” with all Club Members. Following, the Dynamic Diamonds Dance Team performed a beautiful and energetic performance to Rhianna’s Diamonds in the Sky and a hip-hop/bounce mix where they displayed majorette and jazz-style dancing.
The night continued with BGCM Youth of the Year – Kirsten Tilford of Ira Samelson Jr. Club, who gave her winning speech, wowing the audience with her poise and accomplishments. Next was Keynote Speaker Melissa Harville-Lebron with an inspirational speech to the Club kids on overcoming any obstacles in their way, persistence with their dreams, and rising above. The night ended with Steak n’ Burger Chair Caroline Doherty giving a big thank you to everyone that supports BGCM and the hope that we can continue in our mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential!
The Kid Zone and Dinner had a host of individual and group volunteers. Special thank you to the volunteers from Amazon, Yuletide, University of Memphis Spirit Squad (Cheer and Dance), Christian Brothers High School, Junior League of Memphis, and Memphis Gifted Academy for assisting during set up, Dinner, and cleanup. Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you!
We hope to see you all next year!