Boys & Girls Club

ken fullWhen I was in high school, I watched a 60 Minutes program that had a very wealthy elderly gentleman that grew up in the slums of New York. He began a program for the high school that he went to where he would pay for college for any child that had perfect attendance and that got all A’s. The episode that I watched showed three generations of children he had helped. There were kids that were still in high school, kids that were in college, and adults that had graduated from college and were now professionals. When I watched that episode, it so touched me that I told myself that I would like to do that one day. Since I am not wealthy enough yet to pay for children’s college educations, the Boys and Girls Clubs is the next best thing.

My motivation for serving is that I think children are innocent and have boundless potential. They don’t choose the circumstances that they were born into. They can choose the future that they want, though. Too many children find themselves in conditions that seem impossible to get out of. They lose hope and then turn to crime and destructive behavior. Anything that I can do to break this cycle and give children the tools and the hope to improve their circumstances, I want to do.

Donate to the Boys & Girls Club I also believe that the best charity is the one that helps someone when they strive to help themselves. When someone works for something, I believe that they value it more.

I support the Boys and Girls Clubs because they fit both of my criteria. They help children and the help is only given when it is wanted and earned.

The Boys and Girls Clubs are amazingly successful at helping children understand the importance of their school work and at helping them see that they can go to college. For many of these children, that notion was completely alien. Once in the Clubs, they are given a nurturing environment and positive role models. They then can see that there is a way out and that there is opportunity for them and that they can have a bright future.

If, by supporting the Clubs, more of these children stay out of trouble and go to college, then I could not be happier.

Where I feel I can help this worthy cause the most is in fund-raising. If I have a talent, it is that I can attract money. Last year, with the new matching programs that we designed and implemented, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County raised $250,000 and set a record for the amount of money raised. This initial success has motivated me to want to do even more so that we can break those records and help even more children.

It fills my heart with joy and my eyes with tears when I see children that could have been lost become productive, successful members of society. Before I die, I hope to help thousands of children achieve their potential.

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Over $1 million raised over the past four years!

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Wow!  Thank you Ken for the great example you set for all of us!
Ken Moraif of Money Matters with Ken Moraif Sponsor A Child Challenge

At the 2016 Chrysalis Ball, during the Sponsor A Child ask portion of the evening, Ken Moraif again offered a match of $100,000 for donations made for this program at the gala. Thanks to Ken, over $274,000 was raised that night during Sponsor A Child, and Ken Moraif has been responsible for over $1 million being raised over the past four years. A special THANK YOU to Ken and his dedication to the children we serve.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF COLLIN COUNTY ANNUAL GALA RAISES MORE THAN $925,000

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The 2015 Chrysalis Ball benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County marked the event’s tenth year at Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center in Frisco. The largest B&G fundraising event of the year attracted almost 1,000 guests and volunteers and grossed more than $925,000. Capital One served as title underwriter for the sixth year, leading 18 underwriters and 66 table sponsors who support the B&G mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

B&G CEO Mike Simpson presented The Great Texan Award to Ken and Fay Moraif for sustained support of the clubs. Moraif, of Money Matters with Ken Moraif, again made a matching pledge challenge during the Sponsor a Child segment that generated almost $280,000.

WFAA sports anchor Joe Trahan emceed the evening, recognizing honorary chairs Scott and Ellie Boxer, Richard and Cathy Riccardi and Jimmy and Cindy O’Gorman.

Established in 1968, the B&G Clubs serve approximately 7,000 children each year through after-school, summer and outreach programs. Transportation is provided to 69 schools in Plano, McKinney and Frisco with 21 buses and vehicles.

Next year’s gala date has already been set for Oct. 15, back at Embassy Suites, of course.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF COLLIN COUNTY ANNUAL GALA HITS NEW HIGH

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DSCN1457Collin County, Texas – November 6,2013- The 2013 Annual Chrysalis Ball was held on Saturday, October 5th at the Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. The event was more successful than any other year, having record attendance with over 850 guests and grossing approximately $845,000 in revenue, nearly $100,000 more than the previous year. For the fourth year in a row, Capital One served as the Title Underwriter for the event, which is the largest fundraising event held by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.  In addition to Capital One, underwriters included PetroVen, Inc., The Frisco Bar & Grill, Advanced Fixtures, Inc., Park Place Lexus and Jaguar Plano, Albertson’s, Frisco Style Magazine, Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center and the Bill Shaddock Companies: Capital Title, Willow Bend Mortgage and First National Title Insurance Company.

Chrysalis Ball has best turnout since 2007

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The Boy & Girls Clubs of Collin County held its annual Chrysalis Ball Oct. 20 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco. The event was one of the largest ever held by the organization, attracting more than 626 people and generating more than $750,000 in gross revenues. Not since 2007, before the economic downturn, has this amount of money been raised.