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Javon Harris, left, and Chris Townsend work on a reading assignment at The Tanner Boys and Girls Club. The club has a strict rule: Before anyone can have playtime and do activities like pool or build with Legos, he has to finish his homework.
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Javon Harris, left, and Chris Townsend work on a reading assignment at The Tanner Boys and Girls Club. The club has a strict rule: Before anyone can have playtime and do activities like pool or build with Legos, he has to finish his homework.

Banquet to help Boys and Girls Club

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

TANNER — Victor Long can perfect his pool skills at a place in Tanner.

This place is a building in a cotton field on Lucas Ferry Road, but it's no pool hall, and Victor is no pool shark.

The building is the Tanner Boys and Girls Club, and Victor is among about 40 children from the Tanner and Reid areas who hang out there after school.

The club has a strict rule: Before anyone can have playtime and do activities like pool or build with Legos, he has to finish his homework.

To help keep the doors open, the club is hosting its first banquet Tuesday.

Former Major League Baseball player Gary Redus, who played for Tanner High, will be the guest speaker.

Redus spent 13 seasons in the majors as a first baseman and outfielder.

"We felt that all our clubs needed to start holding banquets as fundraisers, and to also bring awareness to what we can offer the community," said Suzanne Rainey, senior vice president of the Athens Boys and Girls Club.

Tanner's club started in 2001 in borrowed space at Tanner United Methodist Church.

The Evans family donated an abandoned school and property on Lucas Ferry Road in 2003.

In addition to giving children a place to stay after school and during the summer, the club has staff members who help the children with homework, computer skills and art projects, and provide them with snacks.

Boys & Girls Club Banquet

  • Former Major League player Gary Redus, who played at Tanner High, will be the guest speaker.

  • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Round Island Creek Mission Center on Lucas Ferry Road in Athens.

  • Tables are $300 and include dinner for eight, or individual tickets are $25.

  • To purchase seats, call club Director Deon Hargrove at 232-9983.

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