More than $50,000 raised to benefit homeless youth
ABILENE – On Thursday, February 25, BCFS Health and Human Services brought Big Country men (and women) together for the second annual Men’s Breakfast to enjoy steak and eggs, classic cars, a sports star, live music and fellowship. The event raised more than $50,000 to support BCFS Health and Human Services’ work with homeless and struggling youth.
Dallas Cowboys legend and NFL Hall of Famer Randy White provided the keynote address about what it means to “be a game changer.” The 160 guests in attendance enjoyed live music by Kevin Rowe, a classic car show and a silent auction followed by a hearty steak-and-eggs breakfast. Several community leaders attended, including the Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald,
State Representative Susan King, as well as local college and high school football coaching staff.
Guests mingled with speaker Randy White for autographs and photo ops. As a member of the Dallas Cowboys’ storied Doomsday Defense, Randy White played an integral part in the team’s success during his 14-year career, appearing in three Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XII and being named Super Bowl Co-MVP.
Proceeds raised at the event will benefit Abilene teens and youth in need from BCFS Health and Human Services and BCFS’ Our House.
“BCFS’ Our House is a transitional home for young men ages 18 to 23 overcoming homelessness,” said Emily Cole, BCFS Regional Director. “Our first goal is to get these young men off the streets and stabilized in a safe living environment. We get them fed, clothed and cleaned up. Ultimately we help them find a steady job, further their education and transition out into independent living.”
Celeste Garcia, Executive Director of Community Services Division for BCFS Health and Human Services, announced that their parent organization, BCFS, would match funds raised at the event, dollar-for-dollar.
Major sponsors who made the event possible include the Dodge Jones Foundation, Jay and Nancy Capra, Hendrick Health System, and Western Bank.
BCFS Health and Human Services helps youth from the foster care and juvenile justice systems; families with young children and teens; and young adults struggling with homelessness, poverty, substance abuse and unemployment. The organization provides counseling, education and housing assistance, mentorships, case management, parent support groups, child abuse prevention programs, and life skills trainings.
For more information about BCFS’ work in Abilene, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/Abilene or call (325) 692-0033.
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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.