Only a few tickets remain for the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren’s third annual Great Futures Gala, which will be Saturday. The event will include a full evening of dinner, drinks, dancing, auctions, live music and cheering on the Hogs.

Presented by Yeagers Hardware, the Rustic Rendezvous themed event will take place at the home of Richard and Helen Hodo at 1205 Woodland Creek Circle in Van Buren. Guests will be asked to park at the Sparks Family Medical Clinic located at 209 W. Pointer Trail. From there, they will be transported, via the city’s historic trolley, to the picturesque venue. Trolley service will run throughout the evening.

Festivities will get underway at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and the opening of the silent auction. A number of prizes will be up for bid, including a wide-range of jewelry, accessories, specialty baskets, gift certificates, home decor and more. A gourmet dinner will be served at 6:30.

The program will begin at 7 p.m., headed by master of ceremonies Daren Bobb. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the club and the youth served by the organization, as well as participate in an exciting live auction event. The Eric Mathews Band also will return this year to round out the evening with live music and dancing.

BGCVB will broadcast the Arkansas vs. Texas A & M game during the event to allow supporters to celebrate the club and cheer on the Hogs.

“Football fans won’t have to choose between the club and the game, as we will show it on a big screen during the gala,” said Cindy Faldon, BGCVB executive director. The game will start at 8 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to win big at the estate’s custom putting green in a special closest to the pin contest. One lucky winner will be awarded half of the prize money with the other half benefitting the boys and girls club. Cost will be $20 to enter the contest. Gala-goers will be able to enjoy rounds of horseshoes and other activities.

A very limited number of individual tickets are still available for $60. All proceeds benefit the Boys & 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 220 students on a daily 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. Gifts are tax-deductible. For more information about the gala, visit or call (479) 474-9401.