Henrietta “Hank” Blacic, the widow of the first Boys Club Director Al Blacic, was recently named the honorary chair for the ’s “Celebrating 60 Years!” Annual Gala.
“Al was a teacher at Pine Avenue School just down the street from the Club, and his pay actually included serving as the director of the Boys Club,” remembers Blacic. “He literally rolled up his sleeves and helped build the Club in addition to being a father figure to all the kids. I’m sure if he were here today he would be so honored with the recognition I am receiving on his behalf.”
According to archives, John Penrod was the first registered member when the Club formed in 1952. By the time the Club was ready for its official dedication in December of 1953, there were already 100 boys enrolled. Although many renovations have taken place of the building since, according to 13th registered member Steve Tague one thing hasn’t changed; “The Club raises people that have character, and gave me a sense of belonging.”
All this and more will be celebrated at the Club’s largest fundraising event of the year – their annual Gala. “We’re putting an APB out for everyone who’s been involved with the Boys and Girls Club over the years – kids, board members, and staff!” says Club alum Greg Nelson. “We want everyone to show up at the Gala and celebrate the impact those four walls and the people inside had on all of us!”
The Club is actively seeking archival information, and encourages all Club alumni to go to their website (bgccarlsbad.org) and be a part of their Alumnus Registry.
The “Celebrating 60 Years!” Annual Gala will take place at Saturday, September 29, at 6:00 p.m.
More than 500 business and community leaders are expected to attend this social event of the season complete with lavish cuisine, dancing to the dynamic Wayne Foster Entertainment and exciting auctions emceed by Jim Laslavic. The event is projected to raise $200,000 in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s proven after-school programs. Elegant 1950s attire/black tie is optional. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad at (760) 729-0207, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit bgccarlsbad.org.