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Boys and Girls barbecue well attended

By Ed Brock

Teresa Tinsley said she wants something for her children, and the children of Clayton County, to do.

“Something that brings them together and keeps them grounded, and there's nothing like that in this community,” said Tinsley.

That's why she came out to the “News Daily Barbecue at the Beach” to benefit the Clayton County Boys and Girls Foundation on Saturday. The foundation and the Clayton County Boys and Girls Task Force that began in 2003, are dedicated to raising $300,000 needed to open a Boys and Girls Club of America in Clayton County.

“This is It” soul-food restaurant in Riverdale, John's Fine Foods and Best Results Caterers provided barbecue for the cookout and task force members cooked hot dogs. There was a “Best in Show” scarecrow making contest and entertainment by Tinsley's husband's company Tinsley's Arts and Entertainment and singer “Eion.”

The Rev. Michael Glanton, head of the task force and organizer of the event, said he has very personal inspiration for wanting to bring the Boys and Girls Club to Clayton County.

He used to be in one when he was young.

“I think for the most part it exposed me to a lot of non-traditional things that were happening in my neighborhood,” Glanton said. “It just opened up a whole new array of adventure, of possibilities, of opportunities.”

The barbecue fundraiser was a big success, said state Rep. Gail Buckner, D-Jonesboro, president of the Boys and Girls Foundation.

“We had so many people come through that we ran out of food,” Buckner said, but added that she had not been able to count up the proceeds yet.

And the fund raising is far from over, she added.

“Now we emphasize our ‘Legacy Cornerstones' campaign,” Buckner said.

As part of that campaign businesses, groups and individuals in the community can commit pledges to the foundation on a range from $25 for a “sign supporter's page” in the foundation's souvenir program to $150,000 for a “signature cornerstone” association with the program.

More information on the program is available at “ http://www.claytoncountyboysgirls.org " www.claytoncountyboysgirls.org or by calling Glanton at (678) 479-7730 or Buckner at (770) 473-9039.