From the Desk of Denise Schultz, CEO ~
“Great Futures Start Here” is the motto I saw when I looked at information about the Walworth County Boys & Girls Club. “Don’t let the $20 stop you from joining,” is the line that connected with me when I stopped to see Jeff Contreras, the inspiring Program Director at their location inside Phoenix Middle School.
Although the actual cost per child to provide this program is approximately $1,250 per school year, the club charges only $20 per child. And on the afternoon I stopped on my way to a real estate event, there were 17 children with open applications that hadn’t been able to pay the $20 fee. 17 children who wanted to participate in positive after school activities including mentoring and homework assistance, that hadn’t been able to pay $20.
I watched how Jeff related with the approximately 30 students in and out of the room while we talked. I watched how their lives are positively impacted by this young man and this program. I thought about how the National Association of REALTORS(R) 2015-16 President Tom Salomone dedicated a lot of energy to encouraging REALTOR associations across the nation to get involved in helping their local chapters of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. And I understood why.
As I walked out the door I set a goal to raise $340 to sponsor those 17 children. The Lakes Area REALTORS Association members came through. Beyond my goal. Because that’s how our members are. Thank you to the following people who each sponsored a child, and to anyone I may have missed listing, and all who handed me random cash from their wallets, pockets, etc. You are the reason I am so proud to work for your association:
Joy Rossman, Debbie McNichols, Lynda Steidinger, Sue Miller, Diane Lindstrom, Mickey Horgan, Mick Balestrieri, Becky Merwin, Bob Webster, Pat Moore, Ryan Simons, Andy Szymanskyj, John Law, Rob Schaid, Laura Rodriguez, Tyler Meyer, Tim Vandeville, Rick Geaslen, Jean Stefaniak, Mike Culat, Jim Haisler, Steve Beers, Marcy Hammett, Linda Tonge, Lisa Pitcher and Amy Giovannoni
Thank you to Hernandez Mexican Restaurant, The Watershed Saloon and Rosewood for donating gift certificates that were awarded to random winners chosen from those who donated. We appreciate your support.
The Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County serves ALL CHILDREN IN WALWORTH COUNTY, not just those who attend the middle school where it is located. It is a county program available to all students of all ages. Learn more at: www.bgcwalco.org Feel free to donate directly or through Lakes Area REALTORS® Association. They appreciate any help and always need gift cards which are used to reward members for good behavior and positive homework performance.
Thanks Jeff Contreras for all you do for your community, and thanks again to all who helped financially.