San Jose, Calif. – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley will be hosting their 3rd Annual Gala on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the San Jose Marriott. They are excited to announce that Henry Winkler will be their keynote speaker.
Winkler’s portrayal of “The Fonz” for 10 seasons on Happy Days (1974-84) made him one of the most recognized actors in the world. He won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, an Emmy Award this September, and three Emmy nominations in the same category. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the leather jacket his character wore has hung in The Smithsonian since 1980.
In addition to Henry Winkler, other attendees include San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Voice of the San Jose Sharks Dan Rusanowsky, Retired San Francisco 49er and Boys & Girls Club Alumnus Ian Williams, government officials, prominent business leaders, BGCSV’s esteemed Board of Directors, and community supporters. The Gala brings together these corporate and community leaders who are dedicated to investing in the success and well being of our underserved youth. The Gala will include youth performances and speeches, a sit down dinner, fine wine, an art auction, a live auction featuring an African safari, a stay in a luxury villa in Mexico, high end golf experiences, and much more.
Founded in 1944, BGCSV is a non-profit youth development organization that offers innovative and effective afterschool and summer enrichment programs primarily for low income, at-risk Santa Clara County youth ages 6-18 years. BGCSV serves approximately 3,000 regular members at 13 Clubhouse locations in San Jose, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy. The majority of the youth we serve are living in economically depressed, high crime neighborhoods with an absence of adult role models or mentors. BGCSV takes a holistic approach to creating well-rounded, confident, and healthy youth and aims to provide programs and services that speak to all aspects of a child's development.