The Gala's Gone Country Y'all!
We've gone country, but we're still chic!  BGCA supporters dressed up, added denim and celebrated with a fun and festive event. 
Great Futures Gala 2012

A true champion of youth, Michael D. Capellas, chairman of the Virtual Computing Environment Company, was honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America at its 2012 Great Futures Gala, Atlanta, on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Georgia Aquarium. 

During a seven-year tenure on BGCA’s Board of Governors, Capellas fostered the roll-out of technology centers in more than 5,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the U.S. The former CEO of Atlanta-based First Data, Capellas is also a recipient of the Hope Technology Award given by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for his work in utilizing technology to increase the recovery rate of missing children.

"I am extremely honored to be recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America," said Capellas. "Our decade-long relationship goes back to our joint interest in making technology available to children in need. It has been my privilege to help BGCA in ensuring great futures for all of our youths."  

Adding southern charm and country rhythm to the festivities were music stars Chris Cavanaugh and Keith Anderson who entertained some 450 guests with their unique blend of country pop.

Noted journalist Bill Liss served as the master of ceremonies, while Cartoon Network and Longhorn Steakhouse presidents Stuart Snyder and David George hosted the event.

“The funds we raised at this Gala will support young people in three critical areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and citizenship programs,” said Longhorn Steakhouse’s President David George.  “These are areas vital to building our next generation.”

Missed the Event?
You can still show your support. Visit our Southeast Region's Gala site for donation options.

Age Category 16-18
Boys & Girls Clubs annually serve nearly 4 million youth through Club membership and community outreach.
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