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Boys & Girls Club of Oxford fundraiser "Ultimate Dine Out" underway

Students, locals and anyone else who loves Oxford’s restaurant scene could win a $2,000 package of gift certificates to Oxford restaurants while benefiting the Boys & Girls Club.
The Ultimate Dine Out is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community.
Ticket sales began Nov. 21 and continue through Dec. 7.
Boys & Girls Club members, parents and staff are selling the tickets, with all profits benefiting the Barksdale Clubhouse in Oxford.
“We appreciate the fact that we have had many Oxford restaurants who have participated in the Ultimate Dine Out since its inception in 2006,” event chair Jean Robertson said.
Robertson said each year the Ultimate Dine Out has an increased number of participating restaurants, which allows the drawing to have a first, second and third place winner.
This is the second year in a row that the Oxford drawing has had three different winners.
The first place winner will receive the $2,000 gift package of gift certificates. A second place winner will receive $700 in gift certificates and a third place winner will win $500 in gift certificates.
Over 50 Lafayette County restaurants agreed to participate by donating gift certificates ranging in value from $25 to $100.
“Last year we raised $6,800, and this year we hope to raise around $8,000,” Robertson said. “Every year since we’ve been doing this fundraiser we’ve raised at least $6,000, so it’s been very successful.”
The Oxford Boys & Girls Club has programs year round, with a membership of 250 to 300 participants ranging in ages 6 to 18. A large number of participants are on the honor roll at their schools and everyone in the Boys & Girls Club graduates from high school.
“Every penny from this fundraiser is going to your local Oxford Boys & Girls Club,” Roberston said. “We do different things throughout the year, we have summer programs, afterschool programs, national programs for character building, and we have power hour, where the kids work on homework for an hour every day.”
“We just try to help the children be the best they can be, learn to be proud of themselves and work to the very best of their ability,” he said.
Restaurants and bakeries included the gift certificate packages are 208 South Lamar, Big Bad Breakfast, Chick-fil-a, Firehouse Subs, Honey Bee Bakery, McAlister’s Deli, Old Venice Pizza, Taylor Grocery and Two Stick.
The drawing will be held live on WTVA on Dec. 9. To purchase tickets, call the Boys & Girls Clubhouse at 662-832-0602 or 662-236-1893. Tickets can also be purchased online with a debit or credit card at www.bgcnms.org.
Tickets are a $10 donation for one, or a $100 for 15 tickets.