Medlock and Gramlich Attorneys at Law will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren’s fifth annual Great Futures Gala on Oct. 6.

The “Racing for the Future” themed-event will include a full evening of dinner provided by Pasta Grill, dancing, live music and auctions.

The event serves as the club’s largest annual fundraiser, netting thousands of dollars to support youth programming and operational costs, according to Cindy Faldon, BGCVB executive director.

First held in 2014, the Great Futures Gala has grown each year, with last year’s event welcoming a sold out crowd of over 300 guests, she said.

“This event is important to our organization, helping to raise crucial funds and awareness for the work that we do with the youth of the community,” Faldon said. “We are very grateful to Medlock and Gramlich for serving as this year’s presenting sponsor and to all of the businesses and individuals who support this event.”

Luke Gramlich said he and his law firm partner, Jared Medlock, spent a lot of time at the club during their youth.

“I think it is very important to give back to the community, especially an organization that helps shape and mold young people,” Gramlich said. “The club taught me some valuable life lessons and Jared and I are proud to be able to give back.”

The gala will be at 4608 Radio Tower Road in Van Buren, beginning at 6 p.m.

“Guests will enjoy an exciting evening on the picturesque property, which will be adorned with lights, festive tables, gourmet food and drink, and auction items,” Faldon said.

A silent auction will be held, giving gala-goers the opportunity to bid on a wide-range of prizes. Items up for grabs will include jewelry, gift certificates, custom art pieces and home decor. Dinner, drinks and dessert will be served at the event. A coffee bar also will be open throughout the night.

Tickets for the event are $75. A number of other sponsorship opportunities also are available.

All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren, whose mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

BGCVB serves local youth through its after school, summer, and sports programs, averaging more than 1,500 young people on an annual basis. The club provides nutritious meals and snacks each day, and offers a number of self-esteem and academic programs designed to build confidence and instill values in its members.

“Those unable to attend the gala but still want to support the club can make a donation to the organization either online or in-person,” Faldon said.

Gifts are tax-deductible.

For more information about the Great Futures Gala, visit www.VBClub.org or call (479) 474-9401.