Jay Powell, Columbia Daily Herald | April 17, 2023
As longtime supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Tennessee, Puckett’s and A. Marshall Hospitality began this week by presenting a $6,000 check to the nonprofit.
The funds were the result of a recent competition as part of the Boys & Girls Club’s culinary program, with the winning dish being added to the Puckett’s dessert menu. In addition, Puckett’s hosted a “give back day,” wherein a portion of sales would also be donated back to Boys & Girls Club.
The winning dish was the Presley Parfait, which is served in a mason jar filled with layers of crushed vanilla wafers, homemade banana pudding, fresh banana slices, peanut butter mousse and whipped cream.
“It’s kind of like a banana pudding, but done in a parfait style,” A. Marshall founder Andy Marshall said. “It’s very popular.”
Marshall said he is always happy to donate to programs like Boys & Girls Clubs, not just for their success in maintaining a 100% graduation rate for its students, but because it was the place he received his early education.
“I was a Boys & Girls Club kid in Memphis,” Marshall said. “You go about life being busy and raising your own kids, and at some point you start looking back on how you got here, and Boys & Girls Club was a big part of mine. It came at a time when I needed it the most, spoke a lot of truth to my life and gave me a lot of confidence, and I’m just very proud of what they do and the kids they speak to daily.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Tennessee CEO Ginny Wright said she and the Boys & Girls Club couldn’t be happier with the continued support Marshall and Puckett’s have shown, and that much of the program’s continued success comes from donations, volunteers and any other form of support.
“Andy and A. Marshall Hospitality have been great supporters for years and years,” Wright said. “It’s just incredible to have community partners, who are willing to step up every year. It really does amazing things for almost 1,200 kids per year in Maury County, and also Giles County.”
Boys & Girls Club is currently gearing up for its summer events, which includes its Spring Hill Hero of the Year celebration, which encompasses six weeks where participants compete to raise the most funds. The winner will be named at a special ceremony at the UAW Hall in Spring Hill on Thursday, June 8. Tickets are available here.
All funds will benefit the Spring Hill Clubs at Marvin Wright, Spring Hill Elementary, Battle Creek Elementary and Battle Creek Middle Schools, which currently serve more than 350 students each year.