It’s a question that author and speaker Jon Acuff often asks when he’s addressing groups in person, through his books or on his blog.
Acuff is the featured speaker for the local Boys & Girls Clubs’ annual “Stake Dinner” fundraising banquet on Thursday, March 14, at Ryman Hall at 2203 S. Dixie Highway. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
“We are excited to have Jon Acuff as our keynote speaker for the 2013 Stake Dinner event,” said Jason Finnell, director of development for the Boys & Girls Clubs. “Jon is a best-selling author, social media guru, and a member of the Dave Ramsey Speakers Group. He is a dynamic speaker, and he is sure to inspire and motivate everyone in attendance. We are also excited to hear from our Boys & Girls Clubs 2013 Youth of the Year, Kevin Aguilar. Kevin is an outstanding young man with a great story that event attendees will be excited to hear. This looks to be one of the best lineups ever for our Stake Dinner events.”
Acuff has authored three books, including the Wall Street Journal bestseller “Quitter,” which “has helped thousands of people bridge the gap between their day job and their dream job,” essentially helping them answer the question, “What if?”
Describing himself as a “serial quitter,” Acuff had eight jobs in eight years. Finally, in 2010 he left the work cubicle to become part of “the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author” and pursue his dream job.
Acuff’s blog, StuffChristiansLike.net, has more than 4.5 million readers around the world.
The local Boys & Girls Clubs serves almost 1,900 children in seven clubs in Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties. Boys & Girls Clubs members receive programing from Boys & Girls Clubs of America focusing on art, health and fitness, character, leadership, education and career development, sports and recreation. They have a club-wide grade point average of 3.3, and there is a 90 percent high school graduation rate among Boys & Girls Clubs alumni.
The agency has seen the need for its services grow. The Stake Dinner is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
“In 2012 our clubs reached out to serve nearly 1,900 club members,” said Robbie Slocumb, chief professional officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs. “We are providing daily access to life changing programs and positive adult relationships for these children and teens. From homework help, to leadership training, to guidance and mentoring, our clubs provide these young people with the opportunities they need to become productive and successful adults. Each year, we are humbled and inspired by the support we receive from this community. The funds raised from our Stake Dinner event are substantial, and help make our work possible.”
For sponsorship, table or ticket requests, call (706) 529-5032 or visit www.bgcgmw.org. For more information on the speaker, visit www.jonacuff.com.
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