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Campaign funds new facility for Boy & Girls Club

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County announced on Thursday, January 30 that it had raised $3,009,124 of the $3.5 million capital campaign goal to build a new facility. The Parkview Huntington Hospital cafeteria was the site where it was also announced that the facility will be named the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

The club’s new building will be located on the current East State Street site with a groundbreaking planned for May. According to Ruth Marsh, capital campaign co-chair along with husband Sonny, the campaign has allowed the club to purchase properties around the current site, so construction can take place while keeping the current Boys & Girls Club building open. Once the new facility is complete, demolition will begin on the old building. Completion of the new facility is expected in early 2015.

Mandy Reber, Boys & Girls Club executive director, said 80 donors made up 75 percent of the funds that have already been donated, with Parkview Huntington Hospital donating the rest in a “significant contribution.” Reber says she is thankful and blessed by the outpouring of support from the community to construct a new club building that the youth need and deserve. She stated the club currently serves more than 150 children per day and the current building is more than 100 years old and has deficiencies.

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County serves as a place for friends to meet and gather after school and is open weekdays in the summer. It also has programs to help with homework, a robotics program, empowerment and safety programs, art program, physical fitness opportunities, snow shoveling for those in need and offers hot meals. There is an additional location in Warren.

For more information visit the website at www.bgchuntington.com.