Scouting organization raises money for at-risk kids

By Beau Ebenezer

July 26, 2015 Updated Jul 26, 2015 at 10:34 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. — A local organization is raising money to put at-risk kids in scouts.

The W.D. Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosted the 7th Annual Whitney M. Young Celebration at the Gateway Building Sunday night.

Tickets for the event were about $100 a piece.

All proceeds will go to the ScoutREACH Program, which gives scouting opportunities to more than 700 kids in the area.

“When you see what those value install, you see that these young men grow up to be men who make a difference in the community,” said event co-chair, Erica Baird. “That’s why this event is important.”

“One of the biggest things I learned from scouts, is leadership,” said Troop 219 scout, Blair Williams. “It really can take you far. It’s more than just camping. You learn a lot.”

Jean and Sam Polk were also honored with the Whitney M. Young Service Award for their contributions to the African American community.

For ways to donate, visit http://www.wdboyce.org.

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