Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club 100th Year Celebration Continues With Unveiling and Gala

Jackie Joyner Kersee
Jackie Joyner Kersee

As part of their 100 Year Celebration, join the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs as they unveil the new headstone for Frank and Irma Callen on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4pm Laurel Cemetery South 2101 Kollick Street in Savannah.

The City of Savannah Cemetery Conservation Office worked with the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs to beautify the entire family plot. The Callens will finally have the memorial that they deserve. Immediately following the ceremony a Reception will be held at the new Unit at the Tompkins Center.

The Club and the Community will be remembering Frank Callen, the thousands of children that they have served over the years and honor the legacy of those that have come through the doors of our Club over the last 100 years.

The celebration continues with their 100th Year Anniversary Celebration Gala, featuring guest speaker, gold medal Olympian, and Boys & Girls Club Alumna, the incredible Jackie Joyner Kersee. Savannah’s very own, Lady Mahogany, will M.C. the evening and Teddy Adams will entertain us with his amazing music. Join the Frank Callen children and staff for a wonderful evening with friends and family. The gala will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Reception 6:00 p.m.; Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75. For more info visit

Born in 1962, in East St. Louis, IL, Jackie came from very humble beginnings but despite the at times, very strained conditions she describes her early home life as being full of love, principle and discipline.

Having been dubbed Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century’ by Sports Illustrated, Jackie Joyner Kersee’s athletic accomplishments are literally second to none. By the conclusion of her career in the heptathlon and long jump events she had amassed six Olympic medals (3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) and four World Champion titles over four consecutive Olympic Games. Jackie was the firstwoman in history to earn more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon and today, over 20 years later, she still holds the world heptathlon record of 7,291 points. She continues to hold the Olympic and national records in the long jump and her 1994 performance in the long jump remains the second longest in history.

In addition to heptathlon and long jump, Jackie was a world class 100m and 200m runner and, after a decorated All-American career in basketball at UCLA, she eventually played professional basketball for a short time. Jackie’s athletic accomplishments have been well documented and remain some of the best ever across all of sports. Less well know are her tireless e.orts and remarkable accomplishments o.ff the field as a philanthropist and an advocate for children’s education, health issues (in particular asthma from which she has su.ered through-out her life), racial equality, social reform and women’s rights.

1 thought on “Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club 100th Year Celebration Continues With Unveiling and Gala”

  1. I particularly remember seeing photos of the crew from the local Planet Fitness actually helping with the restoration project at that site. Those photos are shared on the BGCA FB page. Shoutout to them as well.

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