2020 Virtual Dashaway Luncheon

On November 18th we had a very successful 2020 Virtual Dashaway Luncheon to benefit SMART Girls, a health, life skills and empowerment program from girls (ages 8-18). This year we celebrated the 160th anniversary of the founding of the nation’s first Club, the Dashaway Club in Hartford in 1860. This luncheon and the legacy of the four women who started the Boys & Girls Clubs movement means more than ever during this challenging year.


With lead sponsorship from Eversource, this year’s event will feature a keynote address from Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President of Trinity College in Hartford. Additionally, you’ll hear the inspirational story of our Clubs’ SMART Girl of the Year.



About SMART Girls: SMART Girls helps young girls discovering their self-worth, build their self-esteem, make good decision and set future goals. That’s even more important today as our young girls grapple with the social, emotional and financial impact of Covid-19 and issues of racial and social justice. That’s why your support of the Dashaway Luncheon and SMART Girls matters.



Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor


Champion for Girls Sponsor

Junior League of Hartford

The Hartford


Smart Girls Table Sponsor

Gengras Motor Cars

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Raytheon Technologies

Robinson & Cole LLP

Stanley Black & Decker

The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation

Trinity College


Voya Financial

Women’s Alliance of Reid and Riege PC


Accenture, Women’s Employee Resource Group


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The Makerspace powered by Infosys Foundation USA participated in a contest with BGCA, combining art with STEM - the Fine Arts/Makerspace interdisciplinary project.

our members created their own tiles. Together they created a laser etched community arts project over the course of several weeks.

Working with members of the Asylum Hill Club, all ages, from the Early Learning Center up to staff members. Each participant designed their own translucent tile using either a computer design program or markers and paper to represent themselves in a positive light.

We hope you enjoy these creations as much as we do! We love the creativity and talent of our members and are happy to be able to share it with the community.
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Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Vannessa Dorantes Commissioner DCF & Mayor Luke Bronin were joined by our President & CEO Sam Gray & 10 members to announce that as part of the American Rescue Plan, 1.9 million would be used for teen community programs over the summer.

Today our 2021 Youth of the Year is heading to the state competition. We want to wish her all the best!
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