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Hundreds attend "A Chair Affair" to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Rochester


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--More than 500 people attended the 11th Annual "A Chair Affair"  held at Rochester's International Event Center.  The gala is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester.

This year's "A Midwinter's Masquerade" themed event sold out in just three weeks.  Attendees bid on more than 150 live and silent auction items.  Including forty hand-decorated chairs designed by local artisans.

Nicole Hanson went to the club after school. Now, years later, she works at the organization as a youth development professional.

"It's awesome," said Hanson.  "I get to be a kid and I get to teach them all the stuff that the staff taught me.  To give back is the most awesome feeling ever."

Taylor Bluthardt was selected Rochester's "Youth of the Year".  Bluthardt gave a speech about her time spent at the Boys and Girls Club after school.  She first started going after her family moved from California. 

"I go after school and I walk through the doors and I make all these new connections and see new people," said Bluthardt.  "Everyday there's new opportunities waiting for me-I owe all my success to the Boys and Girls Club."

The funds raised at the event will help the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester continue to provide development programs for local youth.  KTTC's very own, Tom Overlie and Randy Brock helped emcee the event.

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