August 10, 2013

Men's night out

I'm trying to decide if I like this program or not. An event targeted for men only seems a little bit sexist, but either way, raising more than $21,000 for youth serving projects is awesome! Great job, Yuma Optimist Club.

Optimist Club Yuma
Somerton Youth Center receive donation
from the Optimst Club
Following a 35-year tradition, the Yuma Optimist Club recently held "Continental Night." Men are invited to attend and for their $300 entry fee they are treated to an evening that includes a steak dinner, games and prizes and a drawing for a car. In years past, the car given away was a Lincoln Continental, hence the name of the event; but this year, the club opted to give away a Ford Mustang. 

And it was certainly successful. One hundred and twenty men were in attendance. One lucky individual walked away with a new car and two youth-serving organizations received the generous donations courtesy of the men's night out. 

Splitting the $21,000 bounty from Continental Night were the Somerton Youth Center and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. According to Optimist Club spokesman Chris Townsend, these particular youth clubs provide outstanding youth mentoring and offer access to opportunities like no other. “These organizations are creative and afford a productive venue for our children to excel and grow as they participate and use what they learn at these programs in their everyday lives at home and school," he concluded. 

Both sound like great partners for an Optimist Club. 

Photo courtesy of the Yuma Optimist Club. 

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