Sunrise Rotary Club’s ‘Al Capone’s Cafe’ Raises $20,000 for Titusville Boys & Girls Club

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ABOVE VIDEO: “Al Capone’s Cafe” was set up at Cliff Shuler Auction House for a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club in Titusville. During the event, guests had the opportunity to dance, be transported back in the time of prohibition with a historic setting of vintage cars and experience a reenactment of Al Capone’s arrest.

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – A group of Titusville leaders with the Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a prohibition party with a purpose as the “Al Capone’s Café” was set up under the tent at Shuler & Shuler Auctioneers in Downtown Historic Titusville.

The purpose of the event was to raise funds to support a new location in Titusville for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. During the festivities, there was a silent auction and raffle of prizes that raised approximately $20,000 for the development of the facility.

“We have taken notice of the increasing rate of juvenile crime,” said Jo Lynn Nelson, retired Chief Attorney for Juvenile Justice.

“With an organization like the Boys & Girls Club, I believe we can change that. Their programs are a more cost-effective and practical way to invest in our children’s futures.”

During the event, guests had the opportunity to dance, be transported back in the time of prohibition with a historic setting of vintage cars and experience a reenactment of Al Capone’s arrest.

For over 70 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has provided the at-risk youth in surrounding communities with a positive environment, caring adult role models and the opportunity to realize their full potential and become productive citizens. We are proud of our current and graduating Club Members.

A group of Titusville leaders with the Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a prohibition party with a purpose as the “Al Capone’s Café” was set up under the tent at Shuler & Shuler Auctioneers in Downtown Historic Titusville. (Steve Torres image)

“A club in Titusville is much needed,” said Els van Engelenburg, Titusville resident, child advocate and community activist.

“Our hope is to generate enough interest and obtain the funding to forward our efforts to open a Titusville Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida.”

Last year 96 percent of club members were promoted to the next grade level and all graduates have post-graduate plans of going to college or vocational school, joining the military or entering the workforce with a career plan.

Consistently rated four stars on the Charity Navigator, Boys & Girls Clubs remain fiscally responsible in providing the highly needed programming for our underprivileged youth in Brevard County.

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“After personally witnessing the increasing rate of drug abuse in our local hospital and medical offices we decided to join hands with our longtime friend Jo Lynn Nelson, Titusville City Councilmember to begin a fundraiser to establish a Boys and Girls Club for Titusville,” said Dr. Frank and Marilyn Dienst, Medical Services LLC.

“The club will provide a stable environment offering challenging after-school activities, mentorship and guidance to excel their minds, bodies and souls and keep our youth off the streets away from drug abuse and crime.”

To make a donation, please contact Erin Harvey at eharvey@bgccf.org or 407-625-4668.

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