Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

13th Annual Great Futures Breakfast: April 23

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 20, 2015

Antwone FisherDespite a tumultuous childhood, Antwone Fisher has become an award-winning screenwriter, author, producer and director whose autobiography, Finding Fish: A Memoir, became a feature film directed by Denzel Washington. As this year’s 13th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast keynote speaker, Antwone shares his conviction of facing life’s challenges head-on and inspires his audience with poignant, thought-provoking lessons.

 

Antwone uses the challenges he’s experienced to motivate others. He was born in prison to a teenage mother, spent 12 harrowing years in the foster care system and was homeless, before setting on a course of healing and serving in the United States Navy for 11 years.

 

The Great Futures for Kids Breakfast will be held 7-10 a.m., April 23 at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. The breakfast event is a community rally to help create Great Futures for Kids by supporting Club programs that ensure children graduate from high school and achieve self-sufficiency, along with possessing a strong character and leadership skills.

 

Families pay $20 per year to become members of the Club; the Club pays the remaining $500 per year in program fees for each child. It’s money well spent, as members of BGCOP have higher graduation rates and lower teen pregnancy and crime rates than area youth, resulting in a 1,200% return on donor investments.

 

“This event engages our local businesses and individuals in our mission to create hope and opportunities for the youth of greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “It’s through the generous support of our donors and volunteers that BGCOP can ensure our 9,200+ members will continue to receive access to the Club and the programs and activities that help these young people achieve personal success and realize their full potential as caring, responsible, self-sufficient citizens in our community.”

 

Antwone’s autobiography was on the New York Times Best Seller list. His most recent book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie and Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life, won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. It is an inspiring, practical guide to the basic skills that every boy needs to become a successful man and every man needs to become a respected citizen. He has also written a collection of poetry, Who Will Cry for the Little Boy? In this collection, he reveals the inner truths that took him from a tragic childhood to the man he is today. Antwone imparts the importance of developing one’s identity and spirituality, and giving back to the community.

 

Sponsorship benefits include corporate recognition at the Breakfast, publicity on promotional materials and tickets to the event. This year’s presenting sponsor is California Resources Corporation. The deadline for sponsorship is April 6. For sponsorship opportunities or to attend the breakfast, contact Antrim at (805) 815-4959 ext.203 or eantrim@bgcop.org.

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