Boys & Girls Club celebrates 2018 graduating class and rising upperclassmen

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley (BGCCV) honored local high school students who are graduating in the class of 2018 and more than 50 rising upperclassmen.

The celebration was held at the Boys and Girls Club on Clover Avenue in Columbus on Monday, and was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation. The attendees were recognized for their academic efforts.

The Taco Bell Foundation also awarded a club member with a $5,000 scholarship to support their college expenses.

"We're very happy to be a part of the boys and girls club. We're very happy to help a teen actually go to college and we're going to continue to do it as long as we're in business," said Deborah Wilson, an area coach at Taco Bell.

Tonight's event featured food from Taco Bell and music from DJ Newjack. Items were also raffled off. Charles Smith, a club alumnus and international basketball player, attended the celebration and gave motivational words.

"It's a way of wishing them well to move forward and to show others that this can be done," said Sarah Cuevas, vice president of marketing and development at BGCCV.

The grant to the Boys and Girls Club is a part of the partnership between the club and the restaurant to support more young people through high school graduation and beyond.

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