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Chucks & Tux Gala


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Growing Kings on Friday, April 8 held its Chucks & Tux Gala at Workplay, an inaugural fundraising event that attracted a diverse mix of civic and philanthropic leaders, as well as young and seasoned professionals.

Growing Kings is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring programs to at-risk males in Birmingham City Schools. The goal is to offer positive direction that will lead toward progressive thinking in all aspects of the students’ lives.

Guests at the gala wore Chuck Taylor Converses along with their formal attire to match the distinct flare of the event’s overall theme.   

One unique feature of the event was the display and auction of custom designed Chuck Taylor sneakers created by Birmingham City high school students as part of Growing Kings’ Student Shoe Design Contest.

Five students worked closely with professors and college students from UAB’s Art and Art History Department to bring their paper designs to life.   

Since its inception in 2009, Growing Kings has developed partnerships with community businesses, organizations, and civic leaders to provide young men with hands-on, first-person perspective into the professional lives and successes of mentors.

The organization can be contacted at (205) 417-2478 or by email: info@growingkings.org.