Big names coming to Boys and Girls Club dinner

Mark Henry and Vince Young among those as special guests at the annual Boys and Girls Club Dinner this Thursday

The Silsbee Boys and Girls Club will hold its annual Awards Dinner with featured guests Mark Henry, Vince Young and master strongman Dennis Rodgers.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Silsbee High School Cafeteria.

The event is better known as the Steak and Burger dinner where the kids eat steaks and the adults eat the burgers.

This year, the event is sponsored by Hyundai of Silsbee and Westrock of Evadale.

WWE, which is the employer of Mark Henry, has contributed a great deal to make the event a success. They have made available helium machines, decorations and many major contributions.

Henry is well known throughout the US and particularly Silsbee. He was a 1990 graduate of Silsbee High School and while in school, won an International PowerLifting Championship.

He later went on to compete as a weightlifter at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. He entered strongmen competitions and won the title of the World’s Strongest man. He later went to work for the WWE and has worked for them for approximately 20 years.

He is a three time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. He won the championship twice in the WWE and once in ECW. He is the only man on earth to have been a world champion in three different sports, weightlifting, powerlifting and wrestling.

Henry is a charismatic individual who attracts friends everywhere he goes. He has built relationships with people at the University of Texas and around the world.

Vince Young, former quarterback of the University of Texas, helped the Longhorns win the National Championship in 2005. He will be present at the dinner signing autographs and visiting with the public.

Dennis Rodgers is another of those associates. He and Mark plan to soon begin a metal bending program where they will hold performances and witness to groups of people.

Mark says that he considers Rodgers and him to be the strongest men in the world. Rodgers is also a minister. Mark says that he actually is the person who married him and his wife.

Last year, Henry presented a scholarship to one boy and one girl that graduated from Silsbee High School.

He says that he is still working on that project. He holds to challenge local residents to join him in putting $500 into a fund to help assist area youth and youth groups with local projects. These funds will be over seen by a local board.

Part of the event this week is to present an anti-bullying program that is sponsored by the WWE. They have given him permission to represent that program in Silsbee.

The Boy and Girls Club will be presenting scholastic, athletic and behavioral awards to their youth.

People can meet these three great athletes who will pose for pictures and sign autographs.

The Boys and Girls Clubs got a late start on promoting this dinner.

The meal will be served by Novorosky’s and tickets are available at the door. Those that wish to attend can also purchase their tickets early by contacting the Boys and Girls Club at 386-2582.

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