Emmy Award winner and Tony-nominated actor Courtney B. Vance was in Charlotte Thursday to kick off a national campaign to raise $1 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs in 2018.
Family Dollar Stores and Coca-Cola are teaming up on the “Make Every Sip Count” campaign, which calls for donating a portion of sales to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help youths from struggling families.
In addition to Vance, the kick off was attended by Olympic medalist Brooke Bennett and former NASA Investigator Dr. Dante Lauretta, all of whom attended Boys & Girls Clubs in their youth.
“Whatever comes into your mind, you can accomplish it,” Vance told 100 youths attending the kick off event at the March Road Boys & Girls Club. “When you come here to the Boys & Girls Club, because of the support you have here, because of the support of companies like Family Dollar and Coca-Cola, this place is a field of dreams.”
Vance added that young people need to be set up for success. “You don’t just all of sudden know how to be an Olympic swimmer, an Emmy award winning actor, or a scientist,” he said. “You can do it. I don’t care how hard it is at home, what the obstacles are. We are here to help you do it. Don’t let anybody deter you from your dreams."
As part of the campaign, when shoppers buy participating Coca-Cola products such as Coke Zero Sugar, Sprite, Fanta and POWERADE at Family Dollar stores, 15 percent of the purchases, up to $1 million will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
To learn more, visit Coke.com/MakeEverySipCount.