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Photo provided Girls and professional women are shown at last year's "Today's Dreamers, Tomorrow's Leaders" event. This year the Stateline Boys and Girls Club is hosting the Second Annual event on April 12 and is hoping for at least 160 girls.

BELOIT - The area's young ladies will have another opportunity to test out their manners while learning about careers during an upcoming formal evening at the Eclipse Center. The Stateline Boys and Girls Club is hosting the Second Annual "Today's Dreamers, Tomorrow's Leaders" event.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate successful professional women with young girls while fundraising for the Stateline Boys and Girls Club. Businesses are invited to sponsor tables. The event raised $25,000 last year and attracted 32 female professionals.

"We had 100 girls signed up last year, and 90 attended," South Beloit Unit Director Meghan Moffett-Minter said. "The girls loved it."

"It was very well received by all the female professionals in attendance," Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Mark Rand said.

The event introduces young girls to professional careers. The free event is scheduled to be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on April 12 at the Eclipse Center, 3 Eclipse Center. Young ladies in grades 4-10 are eligible to attend the evening's events which include a dinner and program.

Approximately six to eight girls will be seated at each table along with two professional women representing a wide variety of careers. The young ladies will hear a program and enjoy dinner and conversation with the mentors. The goal is to have 160 young women at the event. Girls who attend the event will have the opportunity to take ownership of their future while getting to meet role models of success from their own community,

Parents can drop their daughters off at the Eclipse Center before the festivities or at the Beloit Boys & Girls Club for a free limo ride to the event. Girls have to complete the classes before getting approved for the limo ride. All children will need to be picked up after the event from the Eclipse Center by their families.

Girls returning for the second year will be required to attend a speaker series at CareerTek. The series is designed to give girls an in-depth look at different careers.

Interested girls interested in the program for the first time are required to be members of the Stateline Boys and Girls Club and must complete six career exploration lessons and etiquette manners lessons. There will be multiple dates available for families to select the required lessons.

The event is an opportunity to teach youth soft skills. During their lessons at the Boys and Girls Club, the girls will learn how to make introductions, table etiquette, cell phone etiquette, how to make small talk and more.

Through Kohl's grants, the Club was able to purchase dresses, shoes and a sweater for almost every girl last year.

"Kohl's had about seven women working with these girls, bringing out box loads of dresses and sweaters. The girls had a great time," Moffett-Minter said. "It was great to see."

This year the Club is working with Kohl's again as well as working to provide a free hair appointment for girls.

For more information, people can contact the Stateline Boys & Girls Club at 608-365-8874 or the South Beloit Stateline Boys and Girls Club at 815-389-3634.

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