The Boys & Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah County received two of the state’s highest honors Aug. 6 at a conference in Montgomery.

Mayor Guyton

Mayor Sherman Guyton

The Alabama Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs awarded the 2015 CARE (Children Are Reasons for Excellence) Award to Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton, and the 2015 Beverly Burton New Board Member of the Year Award to Jackie Brehm Edmondson.

“We are the newest club in the state, and for us to come home with two awards is a wonderful surprise and a huge honor,” said Quez Williams, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah. “It proves that we have some of the best people supporting us as we continue to build our club to being one of the best in Alabama.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah started serving the children of East Gadsden at the old Cory Middle School in December 2013. It was organized after the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Alabama ceased operations.

“We knew these children needed to be served; they needed the programs we offered after school and during the summer,” Williams said. “And, we were fortunate to have people like Mayor Guyton and Jackie behind us from the start. We were able to organize and open our doors within a few short months, and have since grown to over 300 members.”

Jackie Edmondson Jackie Edmondson

Guyton has had a long relationship with the Boys & Girls Club, beginning when he was a member as a child. He worked at the club as a high school and college student, and has continued to be an advocate for the organization.

This article was posted in the Gadsden Times on 8/25/2015-