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Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty hosts grand opening Dec. 3
The new $6.8 million Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty is set to open in January 2018 in Olde West Chester.
The 30,000 square foot facility at 8749 Cincinnati-Dayton Road will be open Monday through Friday after school and full days in the summer. New members will be accepted January 4.
"We can’t wait to show the new club to our children, their parents, and the community,” said Bridget Graber, Boys & Girls Club CEO. “So many opportunities will be available to them. This is a safe, nurturing place to be for children to come after school to make friends, complete homework, develop healthy lifestyles and learn how to become good citizens and community leaders.”
The club features a full-sized indoor gym, an outdoor basketball/volleyball court, an art room, a media center, a "green" room, four large classrooms, three flexible classrooms, a café, a clinic, open meeting spaces, and offices.
The Boys & Girls Club is located on nine acres on the site of the former Union Elementary School in the heart of Olde West Chester. The Lakota Local School District retains ownership of the site.
West Chester philanthropist Patti Alderson, who is assistant treasurer and resource development officer for the club, led fundraising efforts for the project.
Funds raised include a $750,000 grant from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Mortgage Settlement Grant; a $300,000 grant from the state Capitol budget; $150,000 matching funds grant from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee; and a $15,000 from the Sutphin Family Foundation. Remaining funds came from local businesses and individual donations.
“While at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, it became apparent to me the importance a Boys & Girls Club could play for the youth in our community,” said Alderson. “The city of Hamilton used to run a Boys & Girls Club in a couple of our elementary schools, and when they could no longer do so, it just seemed like we, as proud residents of West Chester and Liberty Townships, should step up and provide a club for our youth. This club will be a real game changer. So many opportunities and new experiences will be available to them.”
The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty has a program called “Team Blue Door” that supports the club through monthly donations. For more information, go to www.bgcwcl.com. Individuals, families, businesses and other organizations are urged to participate.
“Boys & Girls Clubs make a positive difference in young people’s lives, and we are committed to helping our youth succeed in school and in life,” said Dave Cook, chairman of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. “But this is a community effort. We need for our community to understand the benefits the club will provide to our kids and support the club with operating dollars. If everyone gives a little, the burden will be light.”
For more than a century, Boys & Girls Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures with member clubs in communities across the nation, according to its national website.
For information on becoming a member of the local Boys & Girls Club , visit www.bgcwcl.com or call (513) 860-1923.