The annual Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula's Friends Luncheon will feature another in a line of statewide figures as keynote speaker Thursday.
Kevin Meyers, president of Phillips Alaska Petroleum Co., will speak before potential major donors at the lunch. Past speakers include Sen. Ted Stevens and former governor Wally Hickel.
Organizers of the lunch hope to raise $20,000 this year and exceed last year's total. While the lunch is free, a generous contribution will be asked for.
Kim Lee, the office manager at the club, said "generous" is defined by at least three figures.
The lunch, which is at noon in the banquet room at Paradisos restaurant, is open to the public and will feature a buffet, according to Mike Navarre, who is the chair of the event.
Lee said an R.S.V.P. is appreciated, but is not necessary.
"We ask them to R.S.V.P., but a lot of them don't," she said.
Lee is planning, and hoping, for 200 people to attend.
The Boys and Girls Club serves 2,000 youth across the Kenai Peninsula, with programs designed to inspire the children to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
While there are fees for membership and some programs, the club does not turn away any children for lack of ability to pay. According to club literature, $15,000 a year in scholarships are provided by the club so children from low-income families can still participate. Proceeds from the luncheon will in part go to fund those scholarships.
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