Youth of the Year Celebration | Boys and Girls Club of Collier County

Youth of the Year Celebration


Date: March 1, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Cocktails, Dinner and Program



Club Pelican Bay
707 Gulf Park Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Youth of the Year Sponsorship Information


Ernie Hudson


Ernie Hudson is a sought-after actor with an impressive list of credits and awards. His body of work has diverse range, including Ghostbusters 1 and 2, TV’s Law and Order, HBO’s award winning series Oz, acclaimed movie The Crow, and Miss Congeniality 1 and 2. He is a beloved star in film, television and stage, but his road to fame had its share of hardships.

Born into poverty and raised in the housing projects of Benton Harbor, Michigan, the odds were more in favor of Hudson spending a life in prison than having a successful life in Hollywood. From dealing with the loss of his mother and absence of his father at a young age, to serving in the Marine Corps, attending Yale, and raising his sons as a single father, Hudson understands the challenges of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems and inspires others to always persevere. As Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s 2018 Youth of the Year celebrity guest speaker, Ernie will share the secrets of how to get out of the box of limitation and land dream roles, not just on the stage or screen, but roles important to everyday life.