The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County will hold its 2018 Dinner of Champions on May 1 at the Rittling Conference Center at Davidson County Community College, according to a news release. 

The Dinner of Champions event was created as an opportunity to recognize local club youth who have excelled as champions by demonstrating excellence and growth with their academics, conduct and school attendance.

Four club members will receive a REACH Award, which is given to the club members with the most overall improvement as determined from their first and third quarter school report cards. These children will also receive a free trip to Carowinds at a later date. Another four will be awarded with STEADY STAR Awards, which will recognize kids who have maintained exceptionally high scores since the beginning of the school year.

“Our kids are designed by God to be champions of their schools, their families and to their local communities," said Brandon Lomax, executive director. "Each one is gifted with special talents and abilities that make them unique and valuable."

The guest speaker for this year’s event will be Robert Curlee, a local youth advocate whose personal contributions have helped create academic opportunities for local youth. Boys & Girls Club kids will also offer special performances for the dinner guests.

Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution toward the event or toward the Boys & Girls Clubs upcoming summer day camp programs may do so with a monetary donation made out to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County, while designating the gift as either “Dinner of Champions” or “BGC Summer Camp Sponsor Fund." Donors may then mail or drop off their donation to either 314 W. Ninth Ave. in Lexington or 10 Pine St. in Thomasville.

For more information, contact a club staff member at (336) 249-0336 ext. 25 for the Lexington Unit or (336) 472-7800 ext. 2 for the Thomasville Unit.