Braintree youth center to hold ‘cookout’ fundraiser By Lane Lambert The Patriot Ledger Posted Jan. 17, 2015 @ 5:00 am BRAINTREE – The town’s youth center will hold its most important annual fundraiser the night of Jan. 30. The Braintree Community Youth Center’s “Cookout In January” will feature DJ music, silent and live auctions and, yes, a summer-style, steak-tip cookout supper. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Great Pond Hall, 120 Bay State Drive. Tickets are $30 per person and can be ordered online at the Event Brite website, eventbrite.com/event/14778694473/. Youth center Executive Director Virginia Polio said the January auction is the weekend program’s key source of community support, since the center gets no municipal funding. “We’re self-funded, so it’s very important,” Polio said. The auctions will feature restaurant gift cards and tickets to Celtics and Bruins games, among other items. Polio said the big-ticket item will again be a pair of tickets for an African safari. The center’s only other money comes from local foundation grants and membership dues. The youth center shares a former municipal building at 74 Pond St. with the Marge Crispin Social Services Center. Polio said the town provides the youth center’s space rent-free and pays the water and power bills. The center opened in 2007 and now typically draws 60 or more teens and preteens each night. It operates from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday is open from 6 to 9 p.m. for youngsters in grades 6 through 8 and from 6 to 10 p.m. for high school students. From the start, the center was aimed at Braintree youth “who aren’t into sports” but need a a safe, positive place to socialize, Polio said. To that end, the center offers Xbox video games, movies, pool tables, air hockey, pingpong and arts and crafts, as well as space to read and sit with friends. Polio said the January cookout fundraiser has been a fixture for several years. It was first held at a time when the center almost closed for lack of funding. “That first auction kept us open,” she said. “The community felt it was important enough.” -
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