Boys & Girls Club to celebrate Youth of the Year, inaugural Ed Moody Award
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
The Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County hosted its first Steak & Burger dinner in 1989 in celebration of the club’s Youth of the Year. The event allows club members to interact with those who have generously supported the club and raise much needed funds for its programs.
This year the dinner will be held on Thursday, May 2 at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin.
As keynote speaker, Christian music artist and three-time Grammy Award winner, Michael W. Smith, will entertain and inspire the more than 50 club members and adults attending the dinner with his message of life, friendship, loyalty and love. Smith also founded the teen club Rocketown in Nashville.
In honor of Ed Moody, one of the founders of the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/ Williamson County, the Ed Moody Award of Excellence will recognize an individual who has made a lasting impact on the club and the community. Businessman, community leader and long-time Boys & Girls Club supporter, Ron Crutcher will accept the inaugural award.
Moody was a beacon of hope for all kids and Ron Crutcher, who serves on the Boys & Girls Club Life Board and other community organizations, embodies the qualities set forth by the award, said Denise Carothers, Williamson County Boys & Girls Club area vicepresident.
For the third year in a row the Middle Tennessee Region’s Youth of the Year came from Williamson County. Fairview High freshman, Brandon Flynn, who placed second in the region last year, was named this year’s Middle Tennessee Youth of the Year. Flynn has been an active member of Fairview Club since 2008.
“I joined because my mom worked nights and I needed someplace to go until my grandma could get home from work,” he said. “I remain active in the club because of the kids – the look on their faces when they are happy; when they feel they’ve accomplished anything from homework to games.” His fi fth-grade teacher and the Fairview Club, where he now helps younger members, inspired him to aspire to be a special-education teacher.
In fifth grade, “I didn’t want to go to school, I didn’t think I would amount to anything, but Miss Mears taught me if I put my mind to it I could do anything,” Flynn said. “She talked with me and she listened.”
As a freshman, Flynn has already taken one AP class with more on his plate for next year.
“I believe everybody deserves the chance to get to learn,” he said, adding he had teachers in other schools that didn’t give kids a chance to learn. “I want to be that teacher who does.”
Flynn also plays on the Fairview football team, sings in the school choir and helps with PowerPoint presentations at church.
Although he wasn’t named State Youth of the Year, “I didn’t feel defeated – I was the first one from Fairview to go that far,” Flynn said. “The competition was fun and I made friends with a lot of the other candidates. The person who got fi rst place did really good.”
For his accomplishments, Flynn has already earned almost $3,800 in scholarships. He wants to attend Asbury University near Wilmore, Ky.
Tickets to the Steak & Burger Dinner are $125 each or $1,000 for a table of six adults and club members. To purchase tickets, visit www.steakandburgerdinner.com.
Posted on: 4/25/2013