The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck’s Building Great Futures Capital Campaign recently passed the $2 million milestone.
The campaign’s goal is to raise $2.6 million to fund renovations and expansion of the club’s facility on North Main Street in Kilmarnock. It will also support on-going operations and strengthen its financial base as the club expands.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck was chartered in 2008 and has grown to over 400 members, mostly from Lancaster and Northumberland Counties. The club usually supports as many as 100 to 125 students per day.
An electrical fire that destroyed the administration offices of the club back in November closed the facility for three days. Executive Director Phillip Mumford was alone inside the building when he smelled something burning at around 8:15 a.m.
When Mumford went to investigate he saw smoke inside the building. He activated the fire alarm and exited the building. The activity center and gymnasium was not damaged in the blaze. However, the main steel beam suffered irreparable damage causing the entire structure to be completely renovated. Club leaders expect the building will need to be demolished and rebuilt.
Plans to renovate the club was already scheduled to take place before the fire and will include a complete renovation of the buildings and the construction of a new teen center to connect the two existing buildings along with the development of green space and outside recreation areas.
The club offers an after-school program during the school year and has an expanded summer program when school is not in session.
For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 1/30/19
Kilmarnock’s Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Phillip Munford and Youth Of The Year, Asiph Frazier, adjust the Capital Campaign sign to show that donations have surpassed the $2 million mark.