The praise band Alter'd will perform starting at 6 p.m., during next week's "Champions of Youth" fundraiser featuring the head football coach at Mississippi State University.

Coach Dan Mullen will speak at the steak dinner fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Neshoba County on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum.

Alter'd will take the stage at 6 p.m. followed by the meal and program at 6:30 p.m.

Organizers said this week that tickets for a $100 donation were still available for the event.

"Over 200 tickets have been sold already," said Rae Ellen Gordon, board member.

"We are really doing a push this week for tickets so that we can get a count for ordering food."

Mullen became the MSU Bulldogs' 32nd head coach on Dec. 10, 2008.

Prior to coming to MSU, Mullen served as offensive coordinator at the University of Florida and was also alongside Urban Meyer at Utah, where he was quarterback coach of the Utes during their undefeated 2004 season.

In just four full regular seasons, Mullen has revitalized and re-energized the Mississippi State fan base. Supporters have turned out in record numbers and capacity crowds to support the Bulldogs under his leadership.

The Bulldogs won eight games during the 2012 season for just the third time in the last 12 years. The Bulldogs have gone to a post-season bowl for the third straight year, just the second time in school history.

The average daily attendance at the Neshoba County Boys & Girls Club is about 60 students.

Officials said members' grade averages in school show improvements annually.

Statistics show that 90 percent of Boys & Girl Club alumni graduate from high school.

The Neshoba County club is at 239 Byrd Avenue.

The mission of the club is: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

At the club, students do their homework, work on computers and are tutored in areas such as math and reading if needed.

A number of programs are included in the club activities including Passport to Manhood, S.M.A.R.T. Girls, abstinence and tobacco free, among others.

The public is invited to the "Champions of Youth" fundraiser for a $100 donation to the club. For more information call Tarsha Love, 601-656-1050; Eric Prince, 601-656-4343; or Andrew Windham at 601-656-2761.