An event like no other, the 2018 Great Futures Gala is a fun night out in support of the mission of the Boys & Girls Club. This year we are thrilled to announce former Seahawk, Steve Largent, as our featured speaker for the evening. Come enjoy the games, silent auction, dinner, drinks, and for VIP sponsors, an exclusive photo op. Tickets and sponsorships are now available. Last year, the event sold out, even with expanded seating having been made available. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to have dinner with a legend!
The Seahawks’ first pro-Bowler, Largent grew up in the Boys & Girls Club, and after the NFL, went on to a career in Congress.
Nearly cut by the Houston Oilers after four preseason games, Steve Largent was traded to the expansion Seattle Seahawks for a 1977 eighth-round pick, instead. He would be the first Seahawk selected to the Pro Bowl, and when he retired, he held all major NFL receiving records. Not bad for someone who nearly saw their professional career cut short.
Steve Largent was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, his first year of eligibility. Long before he would be donning the Seahawks’ Blue, he was a Boys & Girls Club member, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is honored to welcome him this fall as the speaker for our 2nd Annual Great Futures Gala.
Two years ago, Ron McHenry, CEO, and Ian Faley, Associate Executive Director, had the opportunity to meet Mr. Largent at another Boys & Girls Club event they had traveled to observe and determine if a similar format would be beneficial to philanthropy in Skagit County. “I got to meet a hero,” says McHenry. “I was born the same year as the Seahawks franchise, and one of the few bright spots in my formative years as a football fan was #80. His abilities on the field, and respectful engagement off were something to model oneself after.”
After the incredible success of the inaugural Great Futures Gala, the Board and Club leadership knows that the bar needs to remain elevated, as the Skagit community has come to expect great things from the organization in all elements of operations. “Knowing how excited our constituents and stakeholders would be about the announcement made it that much harder to keep secret,” says Faley, who played a pivotal role in securing the appearance. “Steve Largent is the quintessential athlete in our area for many generations of fans, and his character and leadership in life aligns perfectly with our mission.”
Based on the response last year from the crowd, and having a waiting list for attendance even after significantly increasing seating, the 2018 Great Futures Gala promises to be the biggest ever. The event will accommodate a record crowd. The Gala Committee knows they will be ready with an even more elevated experience for guests. Tina Asp, Committee Chair, and Club Board member says, “Before the event was cleared last year, we were already working hard to make it better for the future. We appreciate the investment by our community in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, and honoring that is important to all of us.”
This year’s Gala promises to be a wonderful night of philanthropy, and we hope that you are as excited as we are about welcoming Steve Largent to Skagit County to share about his own experiences in the Boys & Girls Clubs. As an alum, he has a keen perspective as to the value and impact of the mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Even with increased seating for 2018, we anticipate another sold-out year. Don’t delay in joining the Sponsorship Huddle, and as always, thank you for considering an investment in Skagit County kids and teens.