Commonwealth Motors, Andover Country Club, and Andover Youth Services team up to put the finishing touches on the Cormier Youth Center
Two local businessmen Yvon Cormier and Charlie Daher are going the extra yard donating $200,000 to help complete the final phase of the Cormier Youth Center.
On Thursday afternoon, Charlie Daher, owner of Commonwealth Motors, stood in the lobby of the recently opened youth center with Yvon Cormier, owner of the Andover Country Club.
In the adjoining gym, some 75 teens stretched the length of the basketball court, taking turns bounding to the hoop with basketballs and letting shots fly from their fingertips. Others in line hooted, hollered, clapped and chatted.
The $6.7 million youth center bears the Cormier name, the Yvon and Noella Cormier Youth Center, because the couple donated $1.5 million in seed money in 2000 for a local teen center — something Andover youth had sought for decades and a project that took on urgency in 1994 when three Andover teens committed suicide.
Later with the formation of the Andover Youth Foundation, which contributed $3.7 million in private funds, as well as $2 million in town money and $700,000 in Wood Trust funds, the long sought teen center dream eventually became a reality.
On Thursday, the teens at the center poured from the gym to the lobby. They gathered in a cluster and chanted appreciation in unison, thanking the businessmen for their generosity.
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