HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee held their 11th annual “Black Tie & Sneakers” Gala on Friday to help raise funds for the programs services.

This event is presented by Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation and serves the club as its largest fundraiser of the year, according to a news release sent to 22News from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee.

Friday night was all about investing and giving back to our community through raffles, a live auction and contests. Guests were able to compete to see who was wearing the best sneakers of the night.

“We never know what our youth are going to become when they leave us. Our job is to make sure they are prepared to become adults. We provide such instrumental services to the youth and teens in our community. Boys and Girls clubs across the state do a really great job at making sure that all of our youth and teams are on a path to a great future,” said Jason Reed, Executive Director for the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club.

The Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee hopes to continue to grow and provide the care and programming to youth in the area for many years to come.