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The Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville celebrated 50 years of serving the community's children on Dec. 20 at the Jacksonville Community Center.

The evening, dubbed Empowering Bright Futures, began with a welcome by Melissa Zygowicz, the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem followed by a performance by the club's All Star Revolution.

Dinner was roast beef au jus, dijon baked chicken breast, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. Afterward was a program of speakers interspersed with performances by the Natural State of Mind Choir.

Danyelle Musselman was the program's keynote speaker. Other speakers included Mike Wilson, Col. Derrick Floyd, Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key, Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville Chief Executive Officer LaConda Watson and board chairman Marshall Nash.

The Boys and Girls Club is a nonprofit that offers a safe and inexpensive place for children after school and during the summer. Programs offered in Jacksonville include an after school meal, homework help, an organized basketball league, mentoring and nutrition education.

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High Profile on 01/12/2020

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