On Friday, Feb. 22, the Boys & Girls Club (BGCDC) will host its 4th Annual Hearts for Helping Wine & Cheese Tasting featuring former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
This elegant evening of food, fun, and music will be held at the Madison Concourse Hotel and will showcase some of the finest wines and cheeses Wisconsin has to offer. All proceeds will go directly to support BGCDC’s 2013 summer programming, which will help encourage young people to realize their full potential while having fun at the same time.
The Boys & Girls Club provides at-risk youth with the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment six days a week. Club members participate in educational activities, creative and performing arts, college preparatory programming, and sports and recreation. In addition to our services each member is served a nutritious meal every day.
The event will be hosted by WKOW Wake Up Wisconsin anchor Elisha Oesch and Steve Goldberg, Executive Director of CUNA Mutual Group Foundation. The Honorary Chairs for this event will be Steve Goldberg, Annette Miller, Tim Metcalfe, Laura Gallagher and Mike Victorson.
About the special guests:
Ruben Studdard | American Idol Winner
Platinum Recording Artist, Ruben Studdard, is an American R&B, pop, and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol in 2003. Ruben will be performing live at our 4th Annual Hearts for Helping Wine & Cheese Tasting event with a local band from Madison called Kinfolk. He was a member of Boys & Girls Club and is now part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee | 6-Time Olympic Medalist
Regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in history, Joyner-Kersee won a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 1984 Summer Olympics, as well as gold and bronze medals in the long jump in 1988 and 1992, respectively. She is currently the heptathlon world record-holder, scoring 7,291 points — she's set a record in the heptathlon four times—at the Summer Olympics in 1988, and taking home a gold medal. Joyner holds a total of 8 gold medals on 3 platforms which include the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan American Games.
Michael Roberts | Entrepreneur/Millionaire
Michael Roberts is one of the wealthiest African Americans leaders in the country with more than 76 companies and own more hotels than any person of color in the United States. He was recently featured on CNN about how he built a billionaire dollar enterprise. Michael started his first company, Roberts-Roberts & Associates in 1974 with his brother, Steve. Roberts Companies now consist of television and radio stations, broadcasting properties, real estate development entities, a restaurant chain and interest in Acme Communication.
Jim Clark |President/CEO | Boys & Girls Club of America
Jim Clark is the 11th president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America since its founding in 1906. Clark heads the nation’s largest youth development organization with a primary focus on creating great futures for young people who need Clubs most. He joined BGCA in January 2012 after serving for eight years as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, one of the largest and most successful local BGCA affiliates.