The Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club kicked off their annual “One Campaign” on Friday, January 28. Board President, Fred Duffy, welcomed guests to the Club and introduced members of the Board including Kate Marvel, Bob Voshell, Glen Stevenson and Richard Johnson. The new Executive Director for the Club Dorian Mendez-Vaz was recognized and spoke about her commitment to the Milford community and the future of the club. “I believe that central to our well being as a society is how we help our young people excel to their greatest potential,” commented Dorian. Ms. Mendez-Vaz was welcomed at the new Executive Director for the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Clun back in December of 2010.
Bill Strickland, Chairman of the One Campaign recognized Richard Johnson of Richard Y Johnson & Son and Terry Murphy, President and CEO of Bayhealth Medical Center, for their gracious contributions to the Club to begin this year’s campaign. The goal for the campaign is to raise $150,000 to provide ongoing operating support to a wide variety of education activities included but not limited to homework help, tutoring, mentoring, computer skills and expanded before and after school programs, fitness and health programs, arts programs and service and youth development programs. Last year Chairmen Bill Strickland and Charlie Burton were successful in meeting that goal and intend to do so again this year. “We will meet this goal,” stated Mr. Strickland “because the people of Milford always come out to support their community.”
Ashley Duffy, Delaware Youth of the Year in 2006, was the guest speaker for the event. Since receiving the award Ashley has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hampton University in Hampton, VA and is awaiting the responses for multiple law schools where she has applied. She stated that becoming the Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club allowed her to see “how remarkably significant” the Club is for children involved. “It has fostered assistance in every possible obstacle in my life,” commented Ashley.
Ashley’s story of success demonstrates the ability that the Boys and Girls Club has to change lives of the children in our community. “I can proudly say that the Club has allowed me to discover my personal gift. I knew right away that I wanted to serve for the rest of my life,” stated Ashley.
The One Campaign is the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club’s major fundraiser. All funds raised through the One Campaign will be matched dollar for dollar by Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. 100% stays in our community. For many kids, The Club has been able to bridge the gap between school and home with a productive, healthy alternative. If you are interested in more information regarding the One Campaign, please contact Margaux Azzanesi at 422-4453.