ALTON | On Aug. 1, the Parrot Heads of the Riverbend, along with Trivia 101 will host a trivia night and silent auction to benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Bethalto.
Activities include door prizes, a 50/50, instant lottery tree and more.
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Kathy Wilson says the fund raiser could not come at a better time.
“We’ve made cuts,” she says. “We’ve cut some staff. We reduced hours. We are not buying supplies and we’re not replacing things that we need.”
The club is a nonprofit agency providing positive alternatives and programs for children, focusing on the hours after school and serving Bethalto and 15 surrounding communities.
Reduced funding for the club has caused a number of hardships including temporary hold on upcoming plans and programs, while walking a shrinking tightrope of not limiting any of the programs available to the children.
Wilson says one of the goals of the club is to keep the membership fee affordable. The burden then becomes that of the board of directors to find ways to raise money.
“We tend to do a lot of fundraisers,” she says. “It’s almost become every month that we’re doing something. That’s why we appreciate a group like the Parrot Heads.
“Programs for the kids take priority. With less worry about money, the club is then able to focus more on programs for the children.”
The Parrot Heads of the Riverbend focuses on helping organizations in the community, zeroing in on children, senior citizens, animals and military families. The group was founded in November of 2010 by Debbie DeLassus and Kevin Hilligoss to help the community by “partying with a purpose.”
“I saw that St. Louis had a club,” DeLassus says. “I thought we could use this in our area.”
Over the past five years the Parrot Heads, now numbering 75 members, has raised nearly $50,000 for local charities.
“We are out the leave the world a better place than we found it,” DeLassus says.
The group commits to four major events a year, each one designed to help a different charity, including the Boys and Girls Club, Senior Services Plus, 5A’s Animal Shelter and the USO of Missouri.
“We have four main events,” DeLassus says. “If something small pops up in between, we may do something extra.”
It also volunteers and performs community service throughout the year, including the Bucket Brigade and a highway cleanup along I-255.
The trivia night and silent auction will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Spencer T. Olin Golf Course Clubhouse (4701 College Avenue), with doors opening at 6 p.m. A cash bar will be available as well as a full dining menu and food and drink specials.
Tables of 8 can be purchased for $120 by calling (618) 581-4116 or (314) 540-4545.
More information can be found at www.photrb.org.
For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Bethalto, visit www.bgcbethalto.com or call (618) 377-6030.