A benefit to help support the summer program at the Boys and Girls Club of Alma will be May 2 from 6-8 p.m.
A chili supper, pie auction and live auction will be held at the Alma Club at 410 E. Main St. in Alma. Cost to enter, which includes the meal, is $5 and free for kids under 5 years old, said Elaina Damante, club director.
Homemade pies and a number of other donated items, including a plane ride with local resident and pilot Keith Greene, Kopper Kettle Candies peanut brittle, a Magic Nails tanning session and an Airedale ottoman, will be auctioned during the event, Damante said.
During the auction and supper, about 15 girls that attend the club age 8-12 calling themselves the Little Cowgirls will perform a "cowgirl dance," in costume, Damante said.
Proceeds from the event will go toward costs of the club’s summer program, Damante said.
"We are very excited about the direction the club is going and we already have many children who have signed up for the summer program," Damante said. "We want the kids to have a great summer."
This year’s summer program begins June 15 and continues until the beginning of classes at Alma School District.
While students pay a $100 flat fee to attend the program, which includes a full curriculum, that fee does not cover costs to run the club for the entire summer, Damante said.
Additional monies are needed to help pay for staff, meals and special events, she said.
Some special events planned for this summer are an archery day with representatives from the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, a science day, a day with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mobile aquarium and an emergency services day, during which kids will learn about fire and police safety.
Besides the cost of running the club during the summer and special events, money from the benefit also will go toward art supplies, books and some new games for the technology center, Damante said.
"We are going to have so much fun this summer and we hope everyone can come out and support our program," Damante said.