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July 16, 2010

Boys and Girls Club to Host 3rd Annual Golf Gala

Corsicana — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Navarro County will host its third Annual Golf Gala at 9 a.m. July 24 to help raise funds for the summer program.

This is the first year the golf gala will be held at the Corsicana Country Club. Teams of four can enter for $260 or individuals can enter for $65 per player. Hole Sponsors can donate $100 to sponsor a hole on the course.

The funds raised from the gala will go toward the 10 week summer camp. The Boys and Girls Club has 115 kids ages six through eighteen enrolled in its summer camp. The camp lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Andre Kennard, said the cost is only $25 for the entire summer, which is why they host activities like the golf tournament.

During the summer camp the kids are broken into three different age groups and each group rotates between activities. Activities include: Arts and crafts, water slides, playing on bouncy balls and going to the bowling ally. Most of the activities take place at the Boys and Girls Club. Groups like Child Advocacy, Voice Inc., and 4H come in daily to guide the kids on the right path. The programs help kids with self-control, self-esteem, drug prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. All of these groups donate their time free of charge. The club provides the kids with a vegetarian meal every day to help promote healthy lifestyle.

“The Boys and Girls Club is ultimately a safe haven. It’s a place kids can use for recreation, tutoring, developing socialization skills, leadership skills and building positive relationships with other kids,” Kennard said.

The Boys and Girls Club also offers after-school programs during the school year. School buses have the club on their route and drop off kids. The children usually stay from 3:30 to 7 p.m. During that time tutoring is offered individually or in groups.

“Tutoring is one core program. We want a positive impact on grade point average primarily in reading and math,” Kennard said.

The club operates mostly by volunteers and a small paid staff. Other fundraisers throughout the year are the Bowl-A-Thon that took place in May and in spring 2011 it will host another major fundraiser.

To enter the Golf Gala, contact the Boys and Girls Club by July 21.

The Boys and Girls Club mission statement is, “To enable all young people especially, those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

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Ali Veldman is a special contributor to the Daily Sun. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? E-mail: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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