The Boys & Girls Club of Venice will present its 2007 Champion of Youth Award to Madison Offenhauser of Keller Williams Realty and its Founder’s Award to longtime Venice businessman and community leader Joey Baker at the Annual Westside Champion of Youth Dinner and Auction, Thursday, October 25th, at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

The benefit is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, and is followed by dinner and the program at 7:30 p.m.

Eddie Wakes, a former Boys & Girls Club member in Topeka, Kansas, will entertain during dinner and members of the local Boys & Girls Club will also perform. Former Los Angeles Laker Tommy Hawkins will emcee.

City dignitaries and celebrities from the sports and entertainment field are scheduled to attend, including past honorees Sweet Lou Johnson of the Dodgers and professional football star Toi Cook.

Other past honorees include Milt Swimmer, Michael Wise, Steve Aguilar, Jerry Snyder, Steve Soboroff and Ruth Galanter.

Event sponsors include Keller Williams Realty, Playa Vista, JH Snyder Co., State Farm Insurance, Firestone Winery, AIM Imports, Volvic Natural Spring Water, Viator, Trader Joe’s and The Reel Inn Restaurant.

A limited number of tickets are available. Individual tickets are $250 and ads for the event program start at $100. Proceeds from the event help defray costs for each of the 4,100 members of the club, approximately $1,400 a year.

Information, club executive director Erikk Aldridge at (310) 390-4477, or erikk@bgcv.org/.

ART SHOW TO BENEFIT CLUB — In another event, Keller Williams Realty will celebrate the opening of its new offices in Santa Monica with an art show to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Venice Thursday, October 18th.

The art show is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Keller Williams office, 2701 Ocean Park Blvd. No. 140, Santa Monica. Parking is available in the building.

Artwork created by the club members will be featured, including several specially decorated skateboards. There will be an auction and raffle items. The money raised will go to the Boys & Girls Club to purchase needed equipment.

Firestone Winery has donated wine for the event and the Santa Monica water importing company, AIM Imports, is supplying Volvic natural spring water from France and Trader Joe’s has also made a donation.

City dignitaries are scheduled to attend. Admission is free to the public and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Information on the art show, (310) 482-2200.

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