A grand opening dedication for The Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club of Kosciusko-Attala County will be held on the new facility’s front steps on Sept. 4, 2006 at 4 p.m., among the attendees will be MS artist/author C. A. Webb.
"The example of Oprah Winfrey gave me the courage to do the things I am involved with today," say Webb, 31. Since 1996, he has been actively displaying his artwork, hosting poetry readings in several states as well as producing his own radio and television show about the arts. "When I heard that she (Winfrey) was coming to town, I knew I had to get there."
(Currently Webb is working as the President of the Planning Committee for the Mississippi's Best Awards that will be held in Jackson on Saturday, October 28, 2006. The event will celebrate the best of the state in over 40 categories. He is also the host of the event.)
The public dedication of the Boys & Girls Club , which will include comments by Kosciusko Mayor Jimmy Cockroft and Oprah Winfrey, will be followed by tours of the unique state-of-the-art facility. A commemorative reception, which includes entertainment by Miss Mississippi 2005 Kristian Dambrino and “The Faculty” jazz band, will begin at 6 p.m.
The Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club, which will serve the 300 children currently registered at the Boys & Girls Club of Kosciusko, will begin operating in the new 32,000-square-foot facility funded by The Oprah Winfrey Foundation on Sept. 5. The new facility is a multipurpose building that primarily will be used for an after school program for boys and girls ages 5-18 from Kosciusko and Attala County. It also will provide opportunities for community functions such as banquets and garden club luncheons as outlined by the building and rules committee of the Boys & Girls Club.
In addition, the new facility will provide enhanced opportunities for existing programs such as “Project Learn,” the Educational Enhancement Program funded by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Programs in this Core Program Area enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations, and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. Kosciusko is the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey.
C. A. Webb doesn't know if he will be able to spend time with Winfrey, but just being a part of this presentation is a privilege for him. "Everything I have been working for over the years has led up to this," he says. "Getting to share in this grand opening with her will stay with me for years to come."