When people think of the Boys & Girls Clubs, some phrases that come to mind are “cultivating character” or “education and leadership development.” But like all good organizations, it’s the people who operate the programs day-in and day-out that mold our impressions of an institution for mentoring the leaders of tomorrow. We don’t just think of these terms because they are ideals. They are called to our minds because we see fruits of the labor every day through the children who walk in and out of their doors. The folks at our Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. are committed to these philosophies and so much more, which is why when I hear about people like Walt Hall, I have to share it with you.
You see, Walt was a man who— for 47 years— devoted his life’s ambition to serving the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs. On the books, his title was chief professional officer, but to the kids, he was whatever they needed him to be that day— or in that moment. That means he might have been custodian, bus driver, or teacher one minute, and then physical director, coach, or janitor the next. There was no task that was beneath him. He came in early and left late. He would sometimes do paperwork and bookkeeping on his day off because he felt as though these responsibilities would at times take away from his primary job description: helping the kids.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting or knowing Walt Hall, then you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never had a chance to meet him and say “thank you,” then here’s your chance. To honor Walt’s years of service, and to celebrate the achievements fulfilled in his life’s calling, the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. invites the community to Walt Hall Tribute Day at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Your ticket provides an opportunity to enjoy LEGOLAND® Florida Resort during its regular hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Sunday, November 9, and then attend a special tribute to Walt Hall in LEGOLAND’s theatre at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, drinks, music and fun in Miniland USA after dark. Through the generosity of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, a substantial portion of the ticket price will go to supporting and continuing the mission of the clubs. So your ticket not only honors a local hero, but also supports continued efforts of the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. For more information, and to purchase your tickets for a great family event, visit www.walthalltributeday.com or call (863) 967-1532.
Celeste Jo Walls