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Boys & Girls Club celebrates 3 new features
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On May 4, Boys & Girls Clubs of West-Central Wisconsin—Reedsburg Club held a special grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its new Reedsburg Teen Center, provided by River Birch Investments, the Founding Donor Recognition Wall and the new club playground.

“Each of these pieces that we celebrate today are special and important to the progress of the club. We began by acknowledging those who provided support at the very beginning that helped bring the club to life and we were then able to share the new Teen Center and playground with all who were able to come,” said Karen DeSanto, chief executive officer.

The Founding Donor Recognition Wall acknowledges the individuals and organizations whose generosity through a gift in 2016 and 2017 helped to make the Boys & Girls Clubs of West-Central Wisconsin – Reedsburg Club a reality, allowing it to open its doors on Sept. 5, 2017.

The Reedsburg Teen Center Hub of Inspiration Vision & Excellence, presented by River Birch Investments, offers a safe space and positive mentors to guide Reedsburg’s youth and help them meet the challenges of employers who are reimagining the future of jobs in our community and the world. It is this vision that led to the establishing of the Reedsburg Teen Center—HIVE: Hub of Inspiration Vision & Excellence.

Club playground through the support of the W.R. & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation, the club began to develop a vision for a new outdoor play space for members. With a vision in mind, a proposal was submitted for consideration to a national funder, KABOOM! The club was selected to receive these funds through KABOOM!’s Let’s Play initiative, led by Keurig Dr. Pepper to get kids and families to play nationwide. The Club was selected and the new playground installed.

The 2021 Youth of the Year Alexandra Zamacona shared what the club has meant for her, “Before I joined the club I had trouble completing my school work, but the staff went out of their way to help me not only complete my school work, but to make sure I understood what I was learning.”

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