Businesses and organizations wanting to take part in the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren’s "Great Futures Gala" can still reserve their spot as a sponsor for the national award-winning event.

The Oct. 17 gala will feature a "Blue Door Masquerade" theme and include a gourmet meal, drinks, live music and live and silent auctions.

The evening gala will be held outdoors at the home of Roger and Melanie Key in Van Buren’s Scott Farm. Festive tents will fill the property, which includes a beautiful view of the city. Individual tickets are $60 and include dinner, drinks, and the chance to bid in the auction events.

Four levels of sponsorship are offered, ranging in price and benefits. Each tier includes a minimum of eight tickets to the gala, with tables starting at $500. Both tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at the club website, www.BGCofVB.org.

BGCVB hosted its inaugural Great Futures Gala in 2014. The event brought together more than 200 supporters and raised more than $13,000 for the club. Earlier this year, the event was honored with the Bronze MAC (Marketing and Communication) Award from Boys and Girls Club of America. Organizers are hoping to build upon the success of last year’s event and generate even more dollars to support the club and its members.

"This event is only successful with the help generous businesses, organizations and individuals who serve as sponsors," said Cindy Faldon, BGCVB executive director. "Proceeds this year are even more critical than usual, as we lost tens of thousands of dollars in revenue, due to the flooding at the Field of Dreams in the spring. Funds generated primarily from hosting statewide baseball tournaments have historically helped sustain overall operations, including the fall after school youth programs. The community’s support of this event and our organization enables us to impact local youth and serve more than 1,200 members annually."

The gala will begin at 6 p.m. 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."

The club offers after school, summer, and sports programs. BGCVB also serves nutritious meals and snacks each day, and sponsors a number of self-esteem and academic programs designed to build confidence and instill values in members, such as SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood. BGCVB is a proud United Way Community Partner Agency.

For more information about the Great Futures Gala, contact the Club at (479) 474-9401 or visit BGCVB’s website, www.bgcofvb.org.