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NINETY NINE RESTAURANTS IN NORTH ATTLEBORO AND FOXBORO GATHER DONATIONS FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET DURING OCTOBER
PAWTUCKET, RI, OCTOBER 2, 2013 - October is Boys & Girls Club Fundraising Month at the Ninety Nine Restaurants in North Attleboro and Foxboro. Both restaurants will again assist the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket through a local effort that is part of the Ninety Nine Restaurants' company-wide commitment to the communities in which it does business.
Ninety Nine Restaurants broadened its community involvement by developing a relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the oldest and largest organization that has a primary mission of service to youth. For over a decade, the Ninety Nine Restaurants has shown its commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs through various, local initiatives. For example, every time a new restaurant location is opened, the Ninety Nine Restaurants makes a donation that benefits the local Boys & Girls Club that serves that restaurant's community.
The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has 4,000 members, a third of which are nearby Massachusetts residents who attend the Club's Camp Ramsbottom in Rehoboth, Mass.
Founded in 1900, the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has established a long-standing tradition of caring and supportive involvement with the area's youths and their families. The Club's primary mission is helping children to succeed in life by building skills that will help them become productive, responsible and caring citizens. The range of Club programs, activities and services extend to educational support, tutoring, mentoring, career counseling, computer training, fine arts, athletics, before-school and after-school environments, and nutritious meals.
Throughout October, patrons at both local Ninety Nine locations can participate in the fundraising effort three ways. When customers order a Boys & Girls Club sandwich or entr้e one dollar will be donated to the Pawtucket Club. Also, diners can purchase a commemorative bracelet for five dollars or simply add a donation of one, three, five dollars or more to the guest check.
There will be special October promotions at both restaurants to benefit the Pawtucket Club. In Foxboro, there will be a bartender challenge with staff from the Club on October 10 and a kids' bake sale on October 25. In Attleboro on October 11, local kids will hold a bake sale. October 29 will usher in "Dining for a Cause" during which the restaurant will donate a percentage of each dining ticket. Finally, a bartender challenge with Club staff is set for October 30. Further details are available at each location.
For more information on charitable giving or Club membership, please contact Amy Gravell at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket at (401) 722-8840, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bgcpawt.org.
SUPPORTERS OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET GATHER FOR 2ND ANNUAL OPENING DOORS EVENT
PAWTUCKET, R.I., OCTOBER 24, 2013 - The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket welcomed more than 150 friends and supporters to the Alfred Elson Jr. Clubhouse during its second Opening Doors event, held Thursday, October 17, celebrating the Club's ongoing "Building Better Futures: Capital & Endowment Campaign."
Club Board Member Dan Sullivan and his wife Damaris, of Lincoln, served as chairpersons for the Opening Doors event committee. Mayors Donald R. Grebien and James Diossa, of Pawtucket and Central Falls respectively, were honorary chairpersons and delivered greetings from each city. The evening's emcee was, for the second year, Club Trustee and NBC 10 news anchor Alison Bologna.
From Club CEO James Hoyt, the Opening Doors guests learned more about the organization's 2014 expansion plans to meet growing program and facility needs and better serve thousands of members from Pawtucket and Central Falls.
After presenting a short video, featuring exuberant Club members, Hoyt said, "That's what this Club is all about. It's about the kids. Those we know and those we have yet to meet. We're here every day to provide what they need: to be safe; to be supported; to be encouraged; and to be inspired. Most of all, our kids feel this is their home away from home, and other members and the staff make up their extended family."
The Club focuses its youth development efforts in three specific areas: academic success; good character and citizenship; and healthy lifestyles.
Young people who drop out of high school are significantly less likely to secure a good job, earn an adequate salary and have a promising future. As such, high school graduation is an important goal for all Club members. Good citizenship is integral to a young person's ability to become a productive, caring and responsible citizen. The Club strives to empower youth to support and influence their community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others' cultural identities. The health habits and self-care practices developed in childhood and adolescence affect an individual's health and quality of life throughout adulthood. The Club runs several programs to help develop members' capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
The Pawtucket Club's campaign has raised nearly $5.5 million to date. All funds raised through the Opening Doors benefited the Campaign. Campaign donations will allow the Club to respond to a growing number of local children, teens and their families. Construction of new space will welcome more members while renovation of existing space will help current programs flourish and usher in new programs. Groundbreaking is planned for spring of 2014.
A newly expanded and renovated Elson Clubhouse will provide a new teen center and gym, centralized visual and performing arts spaces, enhanced education and technology areas, and better functionality in the pre-teen area. Overall, the project will allow daily attendance to increase from 250 to 500 youth and expand service hours for all members.
The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has been serving the community through life-saving programs since 1900, today changing the lives of more than 4,000 local youth and their families while providing hope for the future.
For more information on the Club, memberships or upcoming events, visit the website at www.bgcpawt.org or contact Amy Gravell at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, 722-8840 or email@example.com.
KIDS' KONNECTION AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET OFFERS SCHOOL-YEAR CHILDCARE
Registration is Now Open; Discount is Available for First Two Weeks of Care
PAWTUCKET, RI, AUGUST 16, 2013 - Kids' Konnection is the fully licensed childcare program of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, offering before and after-school care for children, ages 5-12. Families that register their child before August 23 will receive the first two weeks of childcare for the discounted price of one week.
The program will begin August 28 for all students, except for kindergartners, and provides before and after-school care as well as dinner. Kindergartners will be welcomed to the program on their first day of school, September 3.
The Kids' Konnection fees are: before-school - $40 per week; after-school - $85 per week. Kids' Konnection hours are 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. throughout the school year. All children attending must be Club members. The $30 annual Club membership comes with the opportunity to enjoy and learn during Club events and programs year-round, while every child receives a nutritiously balanced dinner daily at no extra charge.
The Kids' Konnection is a comprehensive program that supplies transportation between Pawtucket schools and the Club and is run by trained youth development staff. Department of Human Services reimbursement for the program is accepted.
The Boys & Girls Club's youth development strategy is woven throughout the Kids' Konnection. As a result, programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of belonging, influence, competence and usefulness.
Children receive homework assistance, join in fun-filled activities, and benefit from friendly staff interaction. Kids' Konnection offers many activities such as arts and crafts, computer technology, cooking and nutrition, fitness, games, gymnasium, music, rock climbing wall, sewing, swimming and more. Athletics include soccer, baseball, basketball, flag football and other sports. Children in the program are given the opportunity to choose their activities based on their interests; however, education is a priority at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket.
The Kids' Konnection childcare program and staff are fully licensed by the R.I. Department of Children Youth and Families. Parents and guardians are required to have an authorized adult sign their child into the Kids' Konnection program each morning for before-school care and sign out the child in the evening.
Families are welcome to visit the Club during normal business hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If more convenient, they can make an appointment for an informational tour outside of business hours. arents can register children for Kids' Konnection in person; additionally, registration forms are available for download online.
For more information, contact Samantha Brown at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, 722-8840, or visit bgcpawt.org.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET'S SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE RATCHETS UP FOR ALL-STAR AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Drawing Local Hoop Stars Amps Competition Level
PAWTUCKET, R.I., AUGUST 6 , 2013 - Basketball has moved above the rim at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's Summer Basketball League. The recruitment of coaches with college experience, local high school stars, afternoon games and improved structure have combined to place the Pawtucket league among the better opportunities for youth summer basketball in Rhode Island.
The addition of coaches with playing experience at both the high school and college levels has become a boon to the program. The league's players not only gain from team practices, but also benefit from one-on-one coaching that improves their on-court skills and offers insight into how to approach and succeed at basketball beyond high school.
The quintet of coaches include: Avery King, a graduate of St. Raphael Academy and former basketball player at Lyndon State College and Rhode Island College; Nyheem Sanders, a St. Andrews School graduate, who plays at Rhode Island College; Carmine Goneconte, a graduate assistant for CCRI Men's Basketball; Malcolm Moniz, a Shea High School graduate and the school's all-time leader in points scored and assists, who currently plays at Bristol Community College; and Rudy Britto, another Shea alum, who plays for CCRI.
The high quality of coaching has attracted young hoop stars that attend the Club during the school year but are often precluded from participating in Club basketball leagues due to their high school basketball commitments. Among those on the court at the Alfred Elson, Jr. Clubhouse are Charles Correa of St. Raphael Academy, Tolman's Jonathon Percy, Bishop Keough's Ashley Correa and Troy Pierre Louis of Rocky Hill School, who is a Southeastern New England MVP.
According to Mike Haggerty, the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's Summer Basketball League Director, "The Club's summer recreational league played over the past few years laid the ground work for this year's competitive league. For those participating and playing, the standard of play has been raised a few notches from past years especially with the coaches and players who are involved this year. Also, the league is unique because our games are played in the afternoon, which gives everyone an alternative to the usual night leagues."
Nearly 100 youth play in the Club's league. Two divisions, ages 13-15 and 16-18, boast four teams each with 10 to 14 players filling out rosters.
The Club's season, which began July 8, will end soon when all-star games and championship games are played in each age group. On August 15, 1 p.m., the all-star game for 13-15 year olds will be played with that division's championship game on August 14 at 1:30 p.m. The older players take to the court for their all-star game on August 15 at 2 p.m., and the championship game, August 14, 2:30 p.m.
The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has served the community through recreational and educational programs since 1900. Today, the Club has more than 4,000 members. Charitable donations help the Club's mission of enhancing the lives of youth and families and providing hope for the future.
TEAMWORK CHALLENGE WEEK AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET OFFERS TRANSITION FROM SUMMER VACATION TO SCHOOL
Week's Activities in Rehoboth and Pawtucket
PAWTUCKET, R.I., August 9, 2013 - Team building, challenging activities and community service projects will highlight Teamwork Challenge Week at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, August 19-23. For kids, 6-13, who attended Club programs during the year at either Camp Ramsbottom or the Alfred Elson, Jr. Clubhouse, the week-long program provides a smooth and fun transition from summer vacation to the beginning of the school year.
All activities are organized and run by the professional staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket and Camp Ramsbottom counselors. Monday, Wednesday and Friday programs will be at the Pawtucket Club. Tuesday and Thursday activities will be held at Camp Ramsbottom in Rehoboth, Mass. Programs run daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Convenient drop-off and pick-up for parents will be available at both the Club and Camp Ramsbottom. As needed, children will be transported by bus to the location of each day's activities and returned to the original drop-off point for pick-up. Monday morning features participation in the Stop & Shop Healthy Kids Summit at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
The fee for Teamwork Challenge Week is $125. Current Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket membership is required. The fee includes breakfast and lunch as well as field trips. R.I. Department of Human Services payment is accepted.
Extended care is available at both sites from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $40 for the week. This fee is waived for those attending through R.I. DHS.
Parents can sign up children by visiting either the Club at One Moeller Place, Pawtucket or Camp Ramsbottom, Route 44, Rehoboth, or by downloading online registration forms at bgcpawt.org. Early registration is recommended as space is limited.
For additional information call either 401-722-8840 or 508-252-6300.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET'S ALL-STAR RBI BASEBALL TEAM WINS REGIONAL COMPETITION IN NEW YORK
Local Squad Sweeps Five Games; Will Compete In National Tournament in August
PAWTUCKET, R.I., JULY 18, 2013 The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's All-Star RBI baseball team, comprised of boys 13-15 years old, was crowned champion of the RBI Northeast Regional Tournament's Junior Division following a miraculous 13-12 comeback win in the championship game. The tournament was played in New York City from July 10-13.
Coaches Matt Bergeron and Luke McLaughlin guided the Pawtucket Club's team to five consecutive victories, without a loss, in the pool-play tournament that was held at various ballparks in Queens. The locals bested a 7-team field and earned the right to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete in the RBI World Series, August 3-9.
The Pawtucket team wasn't tested in its first four games, beating Boston 11-1, Providence 21-0, Harlem 10-0 and Greater New York Sandlot 15-0. However, the championship game against Jackie Robinson Jersey City brought more tension and suspense than anyone could have anticipated. Pawtucket trailed 12-6 as the team came to the plate for its last at bats in the bottom of the 7th and final inning. Stunningly, Pawtucket scored seven runs, capped by a walk-off three-run homer blasted by Nate Gagnon, 15, and a student at Tolman High School, which brought the local boys home as champions.
"What an unbelievable win," Coach McLaughlin said of the last game. "After winning handily in the earlier games, we came up against an opponent that almost knocked us out, but not quite. That one amazing, dramatic win speaks to the never-say-die attitude of our players, and the other tournament wins speak to our talent. The kids earned their berth in the RBI World Series."
The Pawtucket Club's regional champs are sponsored by the Pawtucket Red Sox and carry a 14-player roster. Ten hail from Pawtucket. The roster of the RBI All-Stars from the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket is: Dylan Boisclair, Pawtucket; Richard Bourdeau, Pawtucket; John Costa, East Providence; Ryan DePatie, Pawtucket; Nate Gagnon, Pawtucket; Brett Gaudreau, Pawtucket; Jordan Gibson, Rumford; Alex Lopez, Pawtucket; Ryan McGahern, Attleboro, Mass.; Jeremy Medina, Pawtucket; David Mejia, Pawtucket; Steven Otis, Pawtucket; Nicholas Souza, Pawtucket; and Jonathan Vadnais, Cumberland.
In Minnesota, the Pawtucket team will be one of eight vying for the 2013 RBI World Series Championship. The field will be comprised of seven U.S. regional champs and one international winner. Pool play is in effect for the first round of three games. To come home with the RBI World Series trophy, the team from the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket will need to win six consecutive games. The RBI championship game will be played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
The 2006 All-Star team from the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket also advanced to the RBI World Series in Compton, Calif. where they lost in the championship game.
Other cities hosting this year's RBI Regionals include Boca Chica and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; Anaheim, California; Arlington, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Newark, New Jersey; St. Louis, Missouri; and Vero Beach, Florida.
RBI baseball, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, is an international initiative of Major League Baseball, which is hosting its 21st Annual RBI World Series this summer.
According to MLB's website, "The RBI program is administered by Major League Baseball and is designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success, and teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves more than 220,000 young men and women in over 300 programs established in more than 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues.
Additionally, "More than 200 RBI participants have been drafted by MLB Clubs throughout the program's 25-year history, and many others were given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships. RBI alumni on MLB rosters during the 2013 regular season include Michael Bourn (Cleveland Indians), Carl Crawford (Los Angeles Dodgers), Coco Crisp (Oakland Athletics), Yovani Gallardo (Milwaukee Brewers), James Loney (Tampa Bay Rays), Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), James McDonald (Pittsburgh Pirates), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta Braves), Tyler Skaggs (Arizona Diamondbacks), Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves) and Chris Young (Oakland Athletics), among others."
The Pawtucket Club's own RBI All-Star Chris Iannetta, of Saint Raphael Academy fame, now plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET SELECTS 2013 YOUTH OF THE YEAR
PAWTUCKET, R.I., MARCH 29, 2013 Mellany Rodas, 18, a senior at St. Raphael Academy and a Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket member for five years, has been named the Club's 2013 Youth of the Year.
Rodas, of Central Falls, was chosen from a pair of youth nominees during the annual Youth of the Year dinner at the Alfred Elson, Jr. Clubhouse on Tuesday, March 26. Rodas has been accepted to URI and Newbury College and aspires to career options in physical therapy or sociology. She is a steadying presence at home with her three sisters and mother, contributing to her family through working, caring and maturity.
"I'm excited and honored to be chosen the Youth of the Year. This Club has meant so much to me. I have learned here, played here, and made so many friendships. I am very proud to be an ambassador of the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket. Being here has taught me many lessons and made me the person I am today," Rodas said.
As a student, Rodas has been involved with the St. Raphael Lasallian Youth. As a volunteer, she has helped organize and distribute food and gifts during the school's Thanksgiving and Christmas Adopt-a-Family program. She has participated in the Good Friday Walk for Hunger through Project Hope. Also, Rodas serves as a peer minister in school. She was inducted into the Pawtucket Teen Hall of Fame in 2012 for her community service. Rodas also finds time at school to play basketball for the Lady Saints.
Her involvement at the Club includes the Keystone Club through which, along with other teens, she has assisted at events such as Day for Kids, Winter Wonderland at Slater Park, and turkey dinner distribution to local families at Thanksgiving. She has compiled more than 230 volunteer hours working with younger Club members as part of the junior staff program.
Club CEO James Hoyt said, "Mellany has been a mature, helpful, positive and involved member since she joined the Club in 2008. She has steadily grown into a role model for our younger members through her work as a junior staff member as well as her obvious dedication to community service. We are all proud to have her represent us as Youth of the Year."
Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. Since its inception in 1947, the Youth of the Year program, sponsored by Tupperware, celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. Nominees for the Youth of the Year, ages 14 to 18, exhibit the personal qualities that Pawtucket Club membership fosters such as honesty, responsibility, caring, fairness and respect. As with all Club members, the nominees are taught to become the best citizens they can be.
These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. Each of the local teen's 2013 candidacy was weighed in these categories by a panel of judges that included Pam Abrantes, Rachelle Breault, Dan Brito (1988 Youth of the Year), John Hofmann, David Lockwood and John Thompson.
As the Pawtucket Club's Youth of the Year, Rodas will advance to competition at the state level along with youth from Rhode Island's six other Clubs. The winner of the state contest, to be held on April 24, wins a $1,000 scholarship from the Tupperware Foundation and moves on in July to regional consideration among a field of 14. Each of the five regional winners receives a $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware. In September, the regional winners will compete in the national competition, which, in addition to a $15,000 scholarship award from Tupperware, includes installation by President Obama in a White House Oval Office ceremony. The Club's other 2013 Youth of the Year candidate was Alex Holloway, a sophomore at St. Raphael Academy and a Club member for 10 years. Holloway hopes to one day become an anesthesiologist. He is an active member in Club basketball programs, not only as a player, but also as a mentor, helping younger members learn to play the game.
Local businesses and other organizations contributed gifts and scholarships to the Youth of the Year winner. The Ninety Nine Restaurant, supported by the Attleboro and Foxboro locations, presented Rodas with a Visa gift card and a Ninety Nine gift certificate. She also received the Thompson Family Scholarship, a $1,000 award established in memory of Joseph E. Thompson, and the McHale Family Foundation Scholarship awarded her a $1,000 scholarship. The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has served the community through recreational and educational programs since 1900. Today, the Club has more than 4,000 members. Charitable donations help the Club's mission of enhancing the lives of youth and families and providing hope for the future.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET STARTS 2013 "HOMERS FOR KIDS" CAMPAIGN AT MCCOY STADIUM
PawSox Again Boost Annual Fundraising Effort
PAWTUCKET, RI, May 14, 2013 "Homers for Kids," the annual, summer-long, fundraising campaign of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, brings together area businesses and individual donors in support of the Club's more than 4,000 children and teens from Pawtucket and Central Falls. This year's Homers corporate solicitation began recently during a McCoy Stadium kickoff event, marking the campaign's 19th year.
The Pawtucket Red Sox organization is a long-time, collaborating partner of Homers for Kids. The PawSox supply event support at McCoy Stadium and offer related promotions.
Donald Baker, vice president and branch manager at Sovereign Bank, is the chairperson of the 2013 campaign committee, which is comprised of sponsors, local business persons and Club leaders. The 2013 campaign goal is $80,000.
"Every year, our Homers campaign forms a building block for the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's annual fundraising that, in turn, gives us the support to provide high-quality, youth-development programs for local kids. Everyone associated with the Club from our kids to our Board of Directors - appreciates the ongoing commitment from the PawSox and the dedication shown by the campaign committee members. Together, they always make Homers a success throughout the community," said Club CEO James Hoyt.
During the McCoy Stadium ceremony, Club staff and members were introduced on the field. Mellany Rodas, the Club's 2013 Youth of the Year, threw out the ceremonial first ball.
Since 1900, the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has been serving the community through recreational and educational programs. Today, the Club has more than 4,000 members. Charitable donations through "Homers for Kids" are welcome to further the Club's mission of enhancing the lives of local youth and families and providing hope for the future.
For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket and sponsorship levels for its Homers for Kids campaign, please call Amy Gravell at 722-8840 or visit bgcpawt.org to learn more and download sponsorship forms.
TWO TEEN MUSICIANS FROM THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET SCORE HIGH RECOGNITION IN BGCA & SCHWAB NATIONAL COMPETITION
PAWTUCKET, R.I., MAY 31, 2013 Marlin DaCruz and David Kendrick, teen members of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, placed among the top five finishers in the 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Charles Schwab Foundation Money Matters Music Mogul contest by submitting their song, "Dream Big, Save Your Money." As contest runners-up, they will receive a $500 scholarship.
David Kendrick, 17, known to his friends as "Your Boy BIG D," now lives in Providence with family and is a junior at Hope High School. A twin, Kendrick hopes to be a youth leader at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket and attend CCRI.
Marlin DaCruz, coincidentally also a twin, is 17 and now resides with his family in East Providence. He is a junior at East Providence High School. DaCruz plans to attend a four-year college in New York City and double major in music production and business.
"Dream Big, Save Your Money" is an original hip hop tune. The duo composed the music, wrote the lyrics, and recorded the song at the Club's recording studio.
Both learned to play music in recent years at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket where they remain members. They have won previous regional and national awards through BGCA's Digital Arts Fest and Money Matters Music Mogul competition.
The Money Matters Music Mogul Contest, a hip hop song and lyric writing contest for Boys & Girls Club teen members, ages 13-18, provides winning members the opportunity to travel to Atlanta and participate in a financial literacy music video professionally produced by award-winning producer, Kevin "Khao" Cates, founder of "Bridge DA Gap," a nonprofit organization using hip hop and music to impart important character-building and life skills lessons to youth across the country. Runners-up are awarded scholarships.
The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has served the community through recreational and educational programs since 1900. Today, the Club has more than 4,000 members. Charitable donations help the Club's mission of enhancing the lives of youth and families and providing hope for the future.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PAWTUCKET'S RAMSBOTTOM-BARLOW MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT HITS LINKS FOR 32ND YEAR
Lexus Champions for Charity Auction and Prize Package to Next Year's Masters Tournament Highlight Event at Pawtucket Country Club
PAWTUCKET, R.I., JUNE 6, 2013 Golfers will tee off in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket at the 32nd Annual Ramsbottom-Barlow Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, June 17, at Pawtucket Country Club.
Again this year, the tournament includes an auction sponsored by Lexus Champions for Charity and Inskip Lexus. The winning bidder receives a golfing trip for two to California, including travel and accommodations, to play golf December 11-15 on some of the West Coast's finest courses such as Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay and Spyglass. Through the Lexus initiative, amateur golfers have competed in more than 200 charity tournaments held at America's best golf and country clubs since 1989. The auction will occur during a dinner after the tournament. The winning bidder need not play in the tournament, but must be present at the dinner.
All Ramsbottom-Barlow tournament proceeds support the educational and recreational programs of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, which serves 4,000 of the city's youth. The Club's mission is to help local youth succeed by becoming healthy, productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Tournament sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses statewide. Donations range from $125 to $10,000 to reserve logo placements, tee-signs, banners, and inclusion in tournament print materials.
The opportunity to drive a new Lexus, provided by Inskip Lexus of Warwick, will challenge the event's golfers as they shoot to win a free two-year lease with a hole-in-one on the 165-yard 7th hole.
New this year, if a golfer scores a hole-in-one on the 150-yard 15th hole, he or she will win a trip for two to the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National next spring. The package includes airfare, accommodations, rental car and event tickets and is valued at $10,000. All participating golfers have a free chance at this prize.
J. David Francis chairs the tournament committee, which is comprised of area business and civic leaders. Francis is vice president of Shove Insurance, a Club alumnus and member of its Board of Directors.
The tournament honors the late Ned Barlow, who was an emeritus member of the Club's Board of Directors and a longtime booster, and the late George R. Ramsbottom whose generosity established the Club's Camp Ramsbottom in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Members of the public are invited to participate. Single players are welcome as well as foursomes. The entry fee is $175 per golfer or $700 per foursome. Players will tee off during a 1:15 shotgun start.
For more information on the Ramsbottom-Barlow Memorial Golf Tournament, registration, sponsorship opportunities, and the Lexus Champions for Charity auction, please contact Amy Gravell at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, (401) 722-8840, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Club's website at bgcpawt.org.
CAMP RAMSBOTTOM ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR SUMMER
Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket Accredited Summer Day Camp Starts June 24
PAWTUCKET, R.I., MAY 22, 2013 Camp Ramsbottom, operated by the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, offers recreational and educational summer day camp activities for boys and girls, ages 6-13. The camp is accepting registrations. Camp Ramsbottom, off Route 44 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, runs from June 24 through August 16 in two-week sessions. The Camp Ramsbottom tradition offers fun, adventure and learning in an ideal New England setting of 160 country acres. Children interact in a spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship, developing self-esteem and positive character traits. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, which is a leading, national authority in child development that works to preserve, promote and improve children's camp experience.
The discovery of new experiences makes a summer camp memorable for boys and girls. From recreation and sports to arts and crafts, Camp Ramsbottom offers an array of activities that shape lifelong memories of summertime fun. Daily activities at Camp Ramsbottom include archery, art, basketball, cooking, crafts, drama, fishing, hiking, model rocketry, mountain biking, petting zoo, soccer, swimming, tennis and more. The fee for a two-week session is $300. Due to late school closings, Session 1 is being offered at a discounted rate of $200. Also, extended care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at an additional cost of $80 a child, per two-week session.
Campers will need to bring their own towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, water bottle, appropriate footwear, and insect repellent. Programming is still provided despite inclement weather; however, campers must bring rain gear. A camper's name should be on all personal items. Campers should not bring hand-held games, toys, MP3 players, collectible cards, sports equipment or phones.
Camp Ramsbottom provides transportation, athletic and craft supplies. The on-site Trading Post offers snacks and beverages for purchase throughout the day. Lunches are not included but may be purchased in advance for $25 per session upon registration.
Bus service to the camp is provided from numerous, convenient locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with camper drop off between 8 and 8:45 a.m. and pick up between 4:15 and 4:45 p.m. daily. Convenient bus routes run in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts including Attleboro and Norton.
The Camp Ramsbottom staff will host an open house on Sunday, June 23, noon until 4 p.m. The camp staff is also hosting "Sneak Peek Saturdays" from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. until camp opens in June. Tours are held every hour on the hour each Saturday.
Registration can be completed at Camp Ramsbottom and the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. Families also may enroll their children by downloading forms at bgcpawt.org.
Attendees at Camp Ramsbottom must be members of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. An annual membership fee is only $30 per child for Pawtucket and Central Falls residents and provides year-round benefits and programs. For residents from other cities and towns the annual membership fee is $50. Some scholarship funds are also available. Contact the Club for more details regarding scholarships.
For additional information or to register for Camp Ramsbottom, call the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket at (401) 722-8840 or visit bgcpawt.org to access and download application forms.
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