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Marjolaine and Steven Townsend are the guests of honor at tonight's Boys and Girls Club event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMarjolaine and Steven Townsend are the guests of honor at tonight's Boys and Girls Club event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHannah Vicars, Program Director, greets guests at the entrance to the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHannah Vicars, Program Director, greets guests at the entrance to the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJorge Hernandez-Perez is the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, the State of Florida, and the Southeastern Regional of the United States. Well spoken and mature beyond his 18 years, Jorge is the emcee and host of tonight's event.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJorge Hernandez-Perez is the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, the State of Florida, and the Southeastern Regional of the United States. Well spoken and mature beyond his 18 years, Jorge is the emcee and host of tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEPine View School musicians Nathan W. and Ocean B., both 16, volunteered to play their violins as guests entered the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEPine View School musicians Nathan W. and Ocean B., both 16, volunteered to play their violins as guests entered the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMembers of the Finance and Administration Team Kelli Bosch (L) and Ida Munsey are keeping track of the silent auction as bidders peruse the items up for bid. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMembers of the Finance and Administration Team Kelli Bosch (L) and Ida Munsey are keeping track of the silent auction as bidders peruse the items up for bid. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe silent auction tables are overflowing with brilliantly packaged gift baskets that have been donated by generous businesses and supporters. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe silent auction tables are overflowing with brilliantly packaged gift baskets that have been donated by generous businesses and supporters. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJon Lee (L), sponsor and member of the Foundation Board stops to catch up with tonight's honoree, Steven Townsend, center, and guest Ken Rollyson.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJon Lee (L), sponsor and member of the Foundation Board stops to catch up with tonight's honoree, Steven Townsend, center, and guest Ken Rollyson. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESheree Zaslavsky, Michael Ritter and Nancy Wolk of Sarasota are perusing the silent auction table as they decide what they want to take home with them tonight.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESheree Zaslavsky, Michael Ritter and Nancy Wolk of Sarasota are perusing the silent auction table as they decide what they want to take home with them tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEAlitza and Richard Trumpler are enjoying the cocktail hour as they peruse the gift auction contents before dinner begins. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEAlitza and Richard Trumpler are enjoying the cocktail hour as they peruse the gift auction contents before dinner begins. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests enjoyed a cocktail hour before dinner. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests enjoyed a cocktail hour before dinner. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJason Fuchs and his wife, Angie, are seated with the 3rd Federal Savings and Loan group who are sponsors of the event. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJason Fuchs and his wife, Angie, are seated with the 3rd Federal Savings and Loan group who are sponsors of the event. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESheree Zaslavsky and  her husband Larry strike a pose near the silent auction table while putting their bids on the gift baskets.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESheree Zaslavsky and her husband Larry strike a pose near the silent auction table while putting their bids on the gift baskets. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests mingled in the outdoor pool area as they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks during the cocktail hour. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests mingled in the outdoor pool area as they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks during the cocktail hour. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDawn Bouck (L) and Jaime, Daniel and Jenna DiDomenico are enjoying the cocktail hour before dinner. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDawn Bouck (L) and Jaime, Daniel and Jenna DiDomenico are enjoying the cocktail hour before dinner. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBruce Laishley, Jane Mascola (L) and Jude and Louis Schwartz (R) are enjoying the cocktail hour before the event.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBruce Laishley, Jane Mascola (L) and Jude and Louis Schwartz (R) are enjoying the cocktail hour before the event. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEParlane Reid and Carol Butera enjoying the cocktail hour before dinner.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEParlane Reid and Carol Butera enjoying the cocktail hour before dinner. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEKatie and Rod Hollingsworth pose with Lisa Carlton before dinner.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEKatie and Rod Hollingsworth pose with Lisa Carlton before dinner. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe gymnasium was transformed into a beautiful venue for an evening of dinner and dancing. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe gymnasium was transformed into a beautiful venue for an evening of dinner and dancing. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEmcee and host Jorge Hernandez-Perez makes his way to the podium.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEmcee and host Jorge Hernandez-Perez makes his way to the podium. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBoard Chair Meghan Serrano welcomed guests and honorees. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBoard Chair Meghan Serrano welcomed guests and honorees. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEOver 400 dinners were served and enjoyed in the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location where the gymnasium has been turned into a five-star venue complete with thousands of mini lights. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEOver 400 dinners were served and enjoyed in the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location where the gymnasium has been turned into a five-star venue complete with thousands of mini lights. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEOver 400 dinners were served and enjoyed in the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location where the gymnasium has been turned into a five-star venue complete with thousands of mini lights. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEOver 400 dinners were served and enjoyed in the Boys & Girls Clubs Lee Wetherington location where the gymnasium has been turned into a five-star venue complete with thousands of mini lights. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests are raving over the dinner served by Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison's. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests are raving over the dinner served by Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison's. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEmcee Jorge Hernandez-Perez, 18, is a Riverview High School graduate and came with his Mom to the US at the age of seven. "Boys and Girls Club has been a home for me. Being asked to host and honor Steve and Marjolaine Townsend is a privilege."  A freshman at Columbia University, Jorge is hoping to mix together his love of politics and science into one major that will yield him the best of both disciplines.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEmcee Jorge Hernandez-Perez, 18, is a Riverview High School graduate and came with his Mom to the US at the age of seven. "Boys and Girls Club has been a home for me. Being asked to host and honor Steve and Marjolaine Townsend is a privilege." A freshman at Columbia University, Jorge is hoping to mix together his love of politics and science into one major that will yield him the best of both disciplines. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEPresident/CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Bill Sadlo greets Jorge Hernandez-Perez, Youth of the Year and also tonight's emcee.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEPresident/CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Bill Sadlo greets Jorge Hernandez-Perez, Youth of the Year and also tonight's emcee. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBill Sadlo, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties spoke about upcoming events within his organization. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBill Sadlo, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties spoke about upcoming events within his organization. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEAlisa Z. (L), a senior at Sarasota High School and Bernadette N., a senior at Riverview High school gave a speech during dinner. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEAlisa Z. (L), a senior at Sarasota High School and Bernadette N., a senior at Riverview High school gave a speech during dinner. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. About 465 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted more than thirty-two college students to date. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. About 465 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted more than thirty-two college students to date. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDoug DeLieto of North Carolina gives a thumbs up for the Boys and Girls Club and is looking forward to the dinner catered by Chef Paul Mattison and his staff.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDoug DeLieto of North Carolina gives a thumbs up for the Boys and Girls Club and is looking forward to the dinner catered by Chef Paul Mattison and his staff. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNELee DeLieto is a board member is also the former Chairman of the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNELee DeLieto is a board member is also the former Chairman of the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMany people were on hand to help run a very successful event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMany people were on hand to help run a very successful event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESarasota Sheriff's Office officers are in attendance tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESarasota Sheriff's Office officers are in attendance tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESarasota County Sheriff's Office officers are in attendance tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESarasota County Sheriff's Office officers are in attendance tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEAlways smiling Brent Greeno of Sights and Sounds AV Inc was recognized tonight for twenty years of commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs and awarded with a plaque.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEAlways smiling Brent Greeno of Sights and Sounds AV Inc was recognized tonight for twenty years of commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs and awarded with a plaque. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESarasota County Sheriff's Office officers are in attendance tonight.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESarasota County Sheriff's Office officers are in attendance tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIt was a standing ovation for tonight's honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIt was a standing ovation for tonight's honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANETANNCOMBSIt was a standing ovation for honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend at tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIt was a standing ovation for honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend at tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIsaiah L. (R) is a Venice High School senior and star basketball player. He spoke about his testimony regarding the Boys & Girls Clubs and lives by this quote "Fear is temporary, success is everlasting."  He is Youth of the Year for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. His Dad, Larry, said, "I raised two kids as a single father and I could not have done it on my own without the Boys & Girls Clubs."  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIsaiah L. (R) is a Venice High School senior and star basketball player. He spoke about his testimony regarding the Boys & Girls Clubs and lives by this quote "Fear is temporary, success is everlasting." He is Youth of the Year for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. His Dad, Larry, said, "I raised two kids as a single father and I could not have done it on my own without the Boys & Girls Clubs." Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDinner guests are all smiles tonight.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDinner guests are all smiles tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. About 465 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted more than thirty-two college students to date. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. About 465 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted more than thirty-two college students to date. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDinner guests are all smiles tonight.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDinner guests are all smiles tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIt was a standing ovation for honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIt was a standing ovation for honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEhttps://448ee99863d3d14443f1b99086a231b1.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlGuests enjoyed a delicious fare prepared by Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison's.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests enjoyed a delicious fare prepared by Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison's. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMarjolaine and Steven Townsend make their way to the podium amidst thunderous applause as they accept recognition for their contributions to the Boys and Girls Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMarjolaine and Steven Townsend make their way to the podium amidst thunderous applause as they accept recognition for their contributions to the Boys and Girls Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJorge Hernandez-Perez presents an award of recognition for their many contributions to tonight's honorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.Jorge Hernandez-Perez presents an award of recognition for their many contributions to tonight's honorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHonoree Marjolaine Townsend gives a speech after being recognized - together with her husband, Steven - for their generous and continued support of Boys & Girls Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHonoree Marjolaine Townsend gives a speech after being recognized - together with her husband, Steven - for their generous and continued support of Boys & Girls Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEhttps://448ee99863d3d14443f1b99086a231b1.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlBoard President/CEO Bill Sadlo (L), Youth of the Year and Emcee Jorge Hernandez-Perez, Marjolaine and Steven Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBoard President/CEO Bill Sadlo (L), Youth of the Year and Emcee Jorge Hernandez-Perez, Marjolaine and Steven Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEveryone is smiling at tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEveryone is smiling at tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNE

Jorge Hernandez-Perez, Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year for Sarasota and Desoto Counties, all of Florida and the entire Southeastern United States is a freshman at Columbia University is getting tips from Columbia University Alum Lee-En Chung who is also President of the Sarasota Rotary Club.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNE

Jorge Hernandez-Perez, Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year for Sarasota and Desoto Counties, all of Florida and the entire Southeastern United States is a freshman at Columbia University is getting tips from Columbia University Alum Lee-En Chung who is also President of the Sarasota Rotary Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMichael Doyle, VP Strategic Initiatives and Travis Barrows, Director of Grants and Impact are catching up between the salad and dinner courses. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEMichael Doyle, VP Strategic Initiatives and Travis Barrows, Director of Grants and Impact are catching up between the salad and dinner courses. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIt's all smiles tonight as the honorees accept their recognition award. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEIt's all smiles tonight as the honorees accept their recognition award. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEClub Director Wayne Ard is keeping things running smoothly backstage at tonight's gala. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEClub Director Wayne Ard is keeping things running smoothly backstage at tonight's gala. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBetween courses at tonight's event and everyone is all smiles. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBetween courses at tonight's event and everyone is all smiles. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests are enjoying a wonderful evening at the Lee Wetherington gymnasium which has been transformed into a magical venue.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests are enjoying a wonderful evening at the Lee Wetherington gymnasium which has been transformed into a magical venue. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEhttps://11eb29f15a6dfa42e38c5bb1dbc4fe65.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlGuests are enjoying a fabulous time at this first-class event.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests are enjoying a fabulous time at this first-class event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests are enjoying a wonderful night as everyone rallies together to support children.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests are enjoying a wonderful night as everyone rallies together to support children. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThis young lady sang a song for the guests during dinner. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThis young lady sang a song for the guests during dinner. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests enjoyed a Winter Salad prepared by Chef Paul Mattisons of Mattison's.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEGuests enjoyed a Winter Salad prepared by Chef Paul Mattisons of Mattison's. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEhttps://11eb29f15a6dfa42e38c5bb1dbc4fe65.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlThe event is a happy occasion as honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend are recognized for contributions they continue to provide for children and young adults. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe event is a happy occasion as honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend are recognized for contributions they continue to provide for children and young adults. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNETonight's success is evident on the face of every smiling guest. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNETonight's success is evident on the face of every smiling guest. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDinner guests raved about the success of this event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDinner guests raved about the success of this event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHonorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend are celebrating with their daughters Sara (L) and Maggie. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHonorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend are celebrating with their daughters Sara (L) and Maggie. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEhttps://11eb29f15a6dfa42e38c5bb1dbc4fe65.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlHonorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend are enjoying a delicious dinner as they are celebrated tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHonorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend are enjoying a delicious dinner as they are celebrated tonight. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHonorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend enjoyed having their daughter, Sara and her husband, Cameron, of Austin, Texas in town for tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEHonorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend enjoyed having their daughter, Sara and her husband, Cameron, of Austin, Texas in town for tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDylan, 16 and Sam, 17 are all smiles as they celebrate their grandparents who are tonight's honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEDylan, 16 and Sam, 17 are all smiles as they celebrate their grandparents who are tonight's honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEnjoying a delicious dinner from Mattison's are (from left): Karin Kiernan, Mitch and Annette Martin and Kevin Kiernan who are supporters of tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEnjoying a delicious dinner from Mattison's are (from left): Karin Kiernan, Mitch and Annette Martin and Kevin Kiernan who are supporters of tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJorge Hernandez-Perez (L) gets ready to present an award of recognition to honorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend as President/CEO Bill Sadlo introduces them from the podium. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJorge Hernandez-Perez (L) gets ready to present an award of recognition to honorees Marjolaine and Steven Townsend as President/CEO Bill Sadlo introduces them from the podium. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBoys and Girls Club honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend (c) celebrated tonight with their family. From Left: granddaughter, Julia, son-in-law Jason, daughter Maggie, Steven, Marjolaine, daughter Sara and husband Cameron, and grandsons Sam and Dylan. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEBoys and Girls Club honorees Steven and Marjolaine Townsend (c) celebrated tonight with their family. From Left: granddaughter, Julia, son-in-law Jason, daughter Maggie, Steven, Marjolaine, daughter Sara and husband Cameron, and grandsons Sam and Dylan. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESupporters of all ages attended tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESupporters of all ages attended tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEveryone agrees that tonight's event was a huge success. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEveryone agrees that tonight's event was a huge success. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEhttps://11eb29f15a6dfa42e38c5bb1dbc4fe65.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlSenior VP of Strategic Initiatives, Michael Doyle, is all smiles as the evening goes on without a hitch. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESenior VP of Strategic Initiatives, Michael Doyle, is all smiles as the evening goes on without a hitch. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEVoncara Daly (L) and LaTasha Melvin came from Lakeland to celebrate and represent Publix Corporate Human Resources division. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEVoncara Daly (L) and LaTasha Melvin came from Lakeland to celebrate and represent Publix Corporate Human Resources division. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe photo booth is as popular as the silent auction table and the photographers snapped scores of photos for the guests.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe photo booth is as popular as the silent auction table and the photographers snapped scores of photos for the guests. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEveryone was happy with tonight's event.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEEveryone was happy with tonight's event. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESo many choices at the photo booth.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018.JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNESo many choices at the photo booth. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe long line at the photo booth is always worth the wait especially if you get to hang with local weatherman, Justin Mosely (C).  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEThe long line at the photo booth is always worth the wait especially if you get to hang with local weatherman, Justin Mosely (C). Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties held their Champions for Children Gala on November 20, 2021. Over 400 people came out to celebrate longtime supporters and donors Steven and Marjolaine Townsend who also have a scholarship fund in their name that has benefitted thirty-two college students since its inception in 2018. JANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNEJANET COMBS/HERALD-TRIBUNE

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