Melissa speaks with Don Rodriguez Executive Director Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach about their programs and annual gala event

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach’s annual event is just one day away and will return to Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The question now remains, can returning event chair Trent Bryson and his team do it again? Byson says, “Bring it on! I am going to throw a non-profit event that doesn’t leave you feeling taken advantage of.” He promises this year’s gala will be unlike any non-profit event ever held in Long Beach, even hinting “one lucky attendee may be whisked from the event on a private helicopter.” The committee has chosen “Golden Getaway” as its theme in anticipation of some fantastic getaways and over-the-top spectacles that will be part of the evening’s prizes and entertainment. Last years “All That Glitters” event, held on April 5, 2014, attracted a record-breaking 600 guests from the Long Beach community and raised an astounding $1,000,000, the most in Long Beach fundraising history, to support after-school programs for the youths of Long Beach. Choura Events, a creative event agency specializing in tenting and rentals, has been tasked again to create an even more impressive build out. “If you enjoyed last year, just wait to see what we come up with this year,” says Ryan Choura, CEO of Choura Events.

Limited tickets, tables, and VIP areas are still available for purchase online at For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joy Lodevico: