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November 17, 2023 | Drake University Knapp Center

Featuring the Renowned Ken Arlen Orchestra

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa for an evening of dinner, dancing and celebration as we commemorate 60 years of continuous achievements and inspiring kids and teens in our community to reach their full potential.

In 1963, five community leaders came together to establish the Boys Club of Des Moines, which later became Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa in 1983. Our founders Bernie Baker, Jr.; A.H. Blank; Ellis I. Levitt; E.T. Meredith, Jr; and Miles Mills, Sr. realized that many youth did not have a safe and supportive place to go. A place that would afford them the opportunity to interact, grow and get off on the right foot in life.

Now, 60 years later, with eight Club sites in the Des Moines metro, we are one of the largest youth organizations in the community.

For more information about event partnership opportunities and our upcoming 60th Anniversary Celebration, please contact Chief Development Officer, Nicole Schleif Sinn, at or 515-242-7925.

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