By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014
Salvation Army Unit Director Dustin Blackmon invites the Broken Arrow community to a day of family fun at the Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow for the annual Membership Drive festivities and tailgate party.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow builds character in young people of all backgrounds by guiding them in their behavior and attitude. “Young people throughout our community come together every day at the Boys & Girls Club to participate in wholesome recreation and activities,” says Salvation Army Unit Director Dustin Blackmon. “The Salvation Army’s nationally recognized programs assist youth by helping them succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important life skills, pursue interests in the arts and sports, and explore vocational choices as they grow into productive, responsible, caring citizens.”
You’ll want to mark Saturday, May 31 on your calendar for a fun-filled day at the Boys & Girls Club. The day is set to celebrate the club’s annual Membership Drive beginning at 10 a.m. and will be filled with fun, food, door prizes, activities and entertainment. You’re invited to bring your own tailgating food, grill and nonalcoholic beverages to the Boys & Girls Club grounds. Food vendors will be on hand if you don’t tailgate, and there will be inflatables for the kids. All club facilities will be open, including the swimming pool and gymnasium. You may also purchase your annual membership to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club that day, available at a reduced rate.
The club’s Challenger Baseball Team will host a game that afternoon. Come prepared to cheer the Challengers to victory! During the day, there will be a silent auction with lots of themed baskets to bid on. There will also be featured items in a live auction.
A highlight of the day will be wrestling matches featuring masked luchadores who are members of Wrestling For A Cause. Four outdoor matches will entertain the entire family. Admission is free to the matches. The luchador wrestling exhibition will feature an anti-bullying theme, and after the matches, wrestlers will take turns in the dunk tank, where kids can “dunk the bullies.”
The Mexican sport of luchador wrestling commonly sees wrestler wearing masks, much like comic book superheroes. The stock characterization for a luchador is a kindly gentle giant who loves kids. Wrestling For A Cause is dedicated to performing for non-profit charity benefits. On Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m., the Wrestling For A Cause luchadores will present wrestling matches in the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club to benefit the American Cancer Society. Admission to this event will be $5.
If you’ve never had a membership to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, check it out. They have programs and activities for all ages, adults and children. For those interested in contributing to the club’s Scholarship Program, a donation of $35 will enable a child to use the facility for one full year. Find us on Facebook by searching Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow.
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Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.