Let's help Teacher Raymond Nelson and his Gentlemen's Club.

For: Memminger Elementary School Gentlemens Club Charleston SC
Charleston, SC
Organizer: David Suminski
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We need to help these young kids become our next generation. Instead of them learning , hate, division, and racism, this man is teaching these young kids to feel good about themselves. He lifts them up, and helps prepare them for the road ahead . 
He does this on his own, and gets donations of used tuxedos, suits etc. What I am t wanting to do is provide enough funding so these kids know someone cares about them and also they can get an outfit of their choice , won't you join me? 


A local teacher is helping young boys become young gentlemen. Every Wednesday nearly 60 students at Memminger Elementary dress for success and meet for the Gentleman's Club.

Raymond Nelson is the student support specialist at Memminger Elementary in Downtown Charleston. He works with at-risk children and over winter break thought of an idea to teach his students life lessons.

"I was thinking maybe if I have the boys dress for success," said Nelson. "When was the last time you saw someone fighting in a tuxedo?"

Nelson started The Gentleman's Club. Their motto is "Look good, feel good, do good."

Every Wednesday, dozens of first through fifth graders walk into class in their Sunday's best.

"They like the reaction of walking up to classrooms and say 'oh you look so nice and handsome,' they just love it," said Nelson.

Nelson keeps a stash of donated jackets, vests and ties at school for kids who don't have their own.

"A lot of my students perform well when they know someone cares about them," said Nelson.

Each week they discuss a new topic like how to shake hands, make eye contact, open doors and address their elders.

Nelson says because some of the younger boys are still at the age where they consider girls to have cooties, he bases his lessons and examples off how they would treat sisters, mothers and their teachers.

"I know a lot of them struggle because a lot of them don't have men at home, so I just want them to grow up and think of the things that I teach them," said Nelson.

At his mother?#39;s request, Nelson himself joined a similar group as a child.

"It helped me to be a better man and I could spread the knowledge to the young boys," said Nelson.

The Gentleman's club has been so successful at Memminger that Charleston County School District officials say they want other local schools to begin Gentleman's programs in their schools.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 30, 2016

Posted on October 30, 2016

The boys have been very busy . The Charlotte Hornets were gracious enough to give us a break on a series of Home Games. These young men will get to experience a part of life they would have never known without all of your support. 
I've put up a few new photos to show how "classy" these boys look. I will post more information about the boys getting to experience a real live NBA Game. All of you are helping these young men to do the things in life we sometimes take for granted.
From Myself , Raymond Nelson & Kenneth Joyner the two Stewards of Boys with a Purpose Gentlemens Club would like to thank every one of you for supporting this project that we hope will change these boys lives forever .

Posted on September 16, 2016

Posted on September 16, 2016

Just to update , noticed I made a slight error , without your help Mr Nelson would have never been able to expand his program , please check the photo gallery .......Don't They Look Sharp !!!!!!!!

Posted on September 16, 2016

Posted on September 16, 2016

We  want to thank all of our supporters, whether you donated money , clothing, or just shared our cause ,  a HUGE thank you from myself , Mr Nelson and the entire membership of the Gentlemen's Club.
With all of your help Mr Nelson would never be able to expand his program and help, mentor and take these at risks youth to places we take for granted.
Plus he shows them there are still good people in this world that do care ! 
I've added NEW PHOTOS of this years class of Gentlemen!!!!!!!

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