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Bainbridge Island's Boys & Girls Club Prepares For 2nd Annual Boys & Girls Club Week
Bainbridge Island's Boys & Girls Club Week celebrates the impact the Bainbridge Island club makes to the lives of hundreds of young members, their families and the community at large. Club Week kicks off with an Open House on Monday, March 9th, 2009.
Bainbridge Island residents are invited to get a first-hand look at the Club’s extensive youth development programs and after school activities during the Open House. During a special Open House celebration Club alumni will be recognized, including Bonny Clark, Founding Board Member and a strong advocate of the Club and its mission.
“For a decade our Club has had thousands of young people pass through our doors to engage in positive youth development programming, for that we derive a great deal of pride. However, without the dedicated service of our past staff and board members, we would not be here today. The success of the Boys & Girls Club on Bainbridge is a testament to the power of teamwork and community support,” said Pat Murray, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island.
Boys & Girls Club Week also includes two fundraising events, the Burning Calories for Kids event at the Bainbridge Athletic Club on Wednesday, March 11th, featuring an auction for two US Open tickets, and A Taste of Edna’s on Saturday, March 14th at Edna’s Beach Café, featuring a silent auction for fine wines, an Oregon Winter Adventure Package and other specialty items.
“Bainbridge Athletic Club is proud to sponsor and host the Burning Calories for Kids event for the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island,” said Shelly Stockman, manager of Bainbridge Athletic Club. “The Club provides an essential service to our kids, families and community. Without our collective support, the Club would be unable to provide our youth with high quality programs after school and throughout the summer.”
All proceeds raised during Club Week help support the Club’s scholarship program. Scholarship requests are on the rise as a result of the economic downturn, while the cost of serving each individual member remains steady at $1000/year.
“There is more need than ever for financial support from the community in order to maintain this important community service,” said Pat Murray.
Pat Murray, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island, (206) 855-8486
Annie Eissler, Mixtur Interactive, (206) 965-9505, x2238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island
Since its founding in 1999, the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island has served the community with high impact, affordable programs and services that enable youth and teens to mature into productive, caring and responsible citizens. Today, the club’s hundreds members between the ages of 5 to 18 participate in youth development programs at the Main Clubhouse on Madison Avenue. Program areas integrated into all club activities include character and leadership development, life skills, arts, sports and fitness, and education and career development. A 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island is 100% self-funded through program fees and community support. For more information, visit http://www.bipositiveplace.org or call (206) 855-8486.