Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon to Honor Generational Youth Leaders at Annual Benefit, September 20th, 2022 Mount Vernon, NY

The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon will honor former Club Counselor and Executive Director Billy Thomas; former NBA Basketball star and Club Executive Director Lowes Moore, and Club Youth of the Year Jenae Brown at their annual Fall Gala on Thursday, October 20th at the Surf Club in New Rochelle, New York.

Billy Thomas will receive the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Lifetime Legacy Award for his ongoing support for youth members in the greater Mount Vernon Community. He has been involved with the Boys Club of Mount Vernon for over 50 years and will be recognized for his work starting as a counselor in 1956, his tenure as Executive Director, and for his lifetime of commitment to working with thousands of youth in his home city. Thomas has also been honored as Man of the Year and was a recipient of the Legends Award by the Boys & Girls Club of America; the Man of the Year in Westchester County; the Denzel Washington Community Service Award, and many others.

Lowes Moore will be presented with the Champions of Youth Award for his career working with youth in Mount Vernon and throughout the New York metropolitan area. Lowes played in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and San Diego Clippers. Previously, Lowes served as the Executive Director of Development with the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, and as a professional coach. He is currently working as an inspirational speaker and consultant and offers a podcast on youth development and community leadership.

Jenae Brown will be presented with the 2022-23 Youth of the Year Award. Jenae is a Junior at Denzel Washington School of the Arts. She will receive a $1000 scholarship from the Club.

“Words cannot fully express what these honorees have meant to our Club as role models for our members and youth here in the city of Mount Vernon.” said Mel Campos, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. “It is very gratifying to see the tradition of mentorship continue today through our Youth of the Year and the generations of alumni who have come through our doors at the Club.”

”This is a very special event for the Club, and it is amazing to consider the impact this year’s honorees have had on so many kids in Mount Vernon and beyond through the years.” said Rob Potack, President, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Unitex. “We know we can count on our community to make this a successful event, and look forward to joining them as we celebrate the special people who continue to help us Build Great Futures for our youth.”

The event will include a celebration of the honorees and their contributions to the Club and dinner by the bite, and offers opportunities to attend live or virtual. To reserve seats or for more information about sponsorship and donations, visit or contact Hospitality Resource Group at (914) 761-7111 email

About The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon

The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon offers after school programs for over 1,400 youth in the Mount Vernon community to help them learn and grow in a safe, fun, educational environment. Every day, their dedicated, highly trained staff and volunteers serve youth members with a wide variety of engaging, interactive activities and programs to help them improve their self- esteem, develop positive values, and achieve their highest potential in academic success. The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more information, contact Mel Campos, Chief Executive Officer, at 914 668-9580 or visit