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Boys and Girls Club pulls in $400 with campaign

Published 2:01pm Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Lake Martin Area Boys and Girls Club raised $400 during this year’s Campaign for Kids.

Alexander City residents were given a chance to give while also enjoying meals at different restaurants the last week in June with 10 percent of the restaurants sales going to the BGC.

The participating restaurants were Papa Bello’s Pizza, J.R.’s Sports Bar & Grill, Jim Bob’s Chicken Fingers, Jake’s Restaurant and Zaxby’s.

“We want to thank everybody that came out to support the Boys and Girls Club,” said Lakita Hawes, John A. Searcy Unit Director for BGC. “It really meant a lot to us.”

Executive director Melissa Reynolds said Campaign for Kids is a fundraiser the organization does each year to raise money for school supplies and other necessities for the BGC such as providing good programs, getting volunteers and running the program in the upcoming school year.

BGCLM is a nonprofit organization that serves children in the Lake Martin community – it is the only BGC in Alexander City. On an average week, the organization serves more than 100 children and teenagers, providing a positive place for them to go after school and during the summer months.

BGCLM programs provide character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, as well as arts, sports, fitness, recreation and special initiatives. The teens’ program also provides community service opportunities.

To sign up for BGCLM, parents must visit the center to register. Registration for the summer months is $15 along with a $35 weekly fee for all participants in a single-child household or $35 in a multiple-child household. The first child costs $35, and then it’s $25 per each extra child.

Hot lunches are provided at no extra cost, and snacks are available at 50 cents for juice or snacks and $1 for candy bars and Gatorade.

For more information or to register, contact the main office at 256-234-4757. BGCLM’s main office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the John A. Searcy Unit is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.