Girls Inc. of Columbus and Phenix City Transitions Annual Gala to Virtual Platform

Girls Inc. of Columbus and Phenix City’s 7th annual Strong,Smart, and Bold Gala presented by Aflac will be moving to a virtual platform to comply withCOVID-19 social distancing protocols.

The Gala will be held on August 15th at 5:30 p.m.Under the theme “This Girl Can,” the Strong, Smart, and Bold Gala seeks to bring more than 600leaders from the Columbus area together to inspire girls in the community to become confident leaders.

The Gala’s itinerary includes guest speakers and the presentation of its Girl of the Year and Teen of the Year awards

“This year’s Virtual Gala is an opportunity for the Columbus community to see Girls’ Inc.outcomes in action,” said Arlene Charles, Executive Director of Girls Inc.

“Our alumnae and students will share how their lives were impacted by our transformative programming and we are excited to share some of our future plans to continue inspiring girls to explore their unique talents and future opportunities.” Kaiya Sanks, one of this year’s attendees and student at Carver High School, says Girls Inc. has provided her with a solid work ethic, an internship, and college scholarships within her three years of participating.

At Girls Inc., Sanks participated in a data analytics internship where she surveyed grade-school students. This internship is one of many offered under the organization’s Eureka program which provides STEM based learning opportunities to 8-12th grade students.

In addition, Girls Inc. has given her access to a mentorship program that helps her navigate through the loss of her dad and grandmother. Sanks was able to receive help and support from Girls Inc. as her life changed.

“Ms. Errykka gave me a ride almost every day,” Sanks said.

“It helped me out a lot since we didn’t have a car.”The Strong, Smart, and Bold Gala showcases impactful stories within Girls Inc. along with the many behaviors and skills Sanks and hundreds of other participants have achieved.

Additional sponsors of the event include W.C. Braldey, TSYS, Wells Fargo, Houston Clinic,Robinson, Grimes & Company, Daniel Appliance, Kinetic Credit Union, Outfront Media, UWPPhotography, PMB Broadcasting, J. Smith Lanier & Co., as well as many independent sponsors and donors.

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