The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will host An Evening of Cocktails and Conversation on Friday, November 6 to kickoff their 2016 Annual Fund Campaign. With sponsors including Mispillion River Brewing, Abbott’s Grill, The Rookery and Sugar Bee Candy Shop, guests will enjoy local cuisines and libations while listening to live entertainment and touring the Club.
A staple in the Milford community for several decades, the Boys & Girls Club will be celebrating their seventh year in their new location off Airport Road in January. Friday’s event will highlight activities at the Club for both children and adults and focus on the organization’s Annual Fund Campaign, which generates annual operating support from individuals and businesses that will enable Club staff to continue to provide quality program services to over 250 area youth. Programs at the Club are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Milford Club is aimed at changing the lives of not only the children who attend every day but also their families and the community at large.
At last year’s event, guest speaker George Krupanski discussed the impact the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club has on the Milford community. “Looking at research years ago you can see that kids were influenced by their family, school and church, in that order. In a recent study about what influences our children I read that friends, media and lastly family are what provide foundations for the next generation. Our kids today are bombarded with so many different messages and it can be difficult for them to make sound choices from those messages. The Boys & Girls Club helps kids to build a solid foundation and realize the importance of things like education and community service.”
While enjoying live entertainment and local food and drink, visitors to the club can take a tour of the facility highlighting the pool at the Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center, fitness center, gymnasium, computer lab and their multiple classrooms. In addition to providing daily guidance and mentoring, the club offers structured programming throughout the year which has supported to improved academic performance and attendance of Milford Club kids in local elementary, middle and high schools.
According to Director Tod Van Eyken, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club provides over $46,000 per year in financial scholarships, which is 4% of their annual budget. Van Eyken stated that the Annual Fund Campaign assists local families by creating some form of financial assistance for more than seventy percent of the children currently enrolled in the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.
“These scholarships are essential to grow our enrollment and fulfill our mission to inspire and enable all young people,” commented VanEyken. “We encourage all of our kids to realize their potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”
In an effort to establish the Milford Club as a community center in the Greater Milford Area, in addition to serving school-aged children, the Club has recently expanded its facility and services to include a full size fitness center, adult basketball and pickleball leagues and water aerobic classes. The Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center is also home to the Milford High School Buccaneers Swim Team, the Club’s own Milford Marlins Swim Team and is the only Boys & Girls Club in Delaware to offer swimming scholarships through the Michael Phelps Foundation. These community services are made available to Greater Milford Area residents year-round through support from the Annual Fund Campaign.
Businesses and individuals interested in supporting the Annual Fund Campaign should contact Tod Van Eyken, at 302-422-4453 or TVanEyken@bgclubs.org. For more information on the Greater Milford Boys & Girls club individuals are encouraged to visit the Club online at http://bgclubs.org/page155812/greater-milford-boys-girls-club.aspx.