Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is planning their largest fundraiser of the year on September 12, 2020.
Due to the current health crisis, the Club has had to pivot from a typical in-person gala that draws 450 party goers to the Club for a night of dinner and dancing.
This year, the Boys and Girls Club is encouraging the community to celebrate the work of the Club in whatever way they feel comfortable by purchasing family dinners to be delivered to homes or by holding small backyard gatherings in partnership with Marcia Selden and various local food trucks including Boxcar Cantina and The Big Green Truck.
Alternatively, support is welcome through a donation to the Club’s Giving Tree online.
When the Clubhouse closed in mid-March, the incredible staff jumped into action. The Boys and Girls Club staff distributed food and school supplies to Club members, helped Neighbor to Neighbor with daily food distribution, connected kids with online counseling services, and held daily virtual programs that kept young minds engaged and learning.
Once given approval from local and state authorities, the Boys and Girls Club began offering a modified camp experience at both the Clubhouse and Camp Simmons locations for local youth, with priority given to Club members as well as children of essential workers.
For nine weeks, the Club has successfully offered a fun-filled camp experience for 190 youth whose parents depend on having a safe place to send their children.
“My two children are having a great summer at Clubhouse Camp. The staff members are doing a great job keeping the campers safe and active,” said Michelle, a mother of a first-grade daughter and sixth-grade son. Michelle and her husband, Jose, both work full-time at a doctor’s office in Greenwich.
The mission at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich—to prepare young people to be responsible, caring and productive community members—inspires the staff’s daily work. For many kids in the community, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is a respite from their economic reality.
While the Club’s doors have been closed, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich has been unable to generate vital revenues through facility rentals, fee-based programming and fundraising events to meet the operating budget. Coupled with the substantial cost due to increased safety measures and modifications to the facilities, the Club is even more dependent on the generous support of donors, board members, volunteers, community partners, and loyal friends.
To support the Club’s 2020 modified Annual Benefit, please visit https://ATHOME.givesmart.com to purchase a dinner to be delivered to your home or make a donation to the Giving Tree.