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Celebrity Polo players come together and raise $275,000 for the Wellington Boys & Girls Club

By: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Staff
Date: March 15, 2017
The 4th annual ‘Great Futures Celebrity Polo Charity Cup & Brunch’ benefiting the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington took place on Sunday, March 12, 2017 and raised over $275,000 for Club programming. Leading the charge this year were co-chairmen Marc and Melissa Ganzi, Olexa Celine, and Vira Goldmann. Joining them as honorary chairs were Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras - Polo’s international ambassador and one of the most well-recognized players in the world as the face of Ralph Lauren; America’s Most Wanted/The Hunt TV host and child advocate, John Walsh; 5-goal polo star Brandon Phillips; Argentinian Polo Player Martin Pepa; and current Captain of the US Polo Team and Wellington resident, Nic Roldan.
Celebrity Polo players come together and raise $275,000 for the Wellington Boys & Girls Club

The Winter Ball Dazzles with $1.3 Million Dollar Event

By: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Staff
Date: February 10, 2017
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s 36th Annual Gala, The Winter Ball which took place on Friday, February 3rd. Once again, the prestigious event hit record highs by raising over one point three million dollars to benefit the Club’s children. Leading the charge was this year’s chairman, Mrs. Rudolph W. Giuliani along with Honorary Chairmen Julie and Mike Connors, Hon. Danielle H. Moore, Pauline Pitt, and Thomas C. Quick. The evening proved to be one filled with continued excitement to the delight of guests with a surprise performance by the club children. Following dinner, Wellington Club members and twin sisters, Bibiana and Tatiana Montoya tugged at the heartstrings of over 350 guests, with their heartwarming speech. They shared with guests their experience at the Club and expressed gratitude to the Club staff and supporters. Honorary Chairman Tom Quick, kicked off the Call to the Heart portion of the evening raising an additional $160,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Winter Ball Dazzles with $1.3 Million Dollar Event

The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club hosted their 29th Annual Wellington Dinner Dance themed Passport to Paradise on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Leading the charge this year were returning Co-Chairs Georgina Bloomberg and Marley Goodman-Overman, Dr. Colette Brown-Graham, Dr. Daxa Patel, and Nicolette Goldfarb as Junior Chair. This year’s Dinner Dance also made its mark for the high profile list of guests in attendance which included Polo players Nic Roldan, Martin Pepa, Grant Ganzi, Jeff Hall, and Kris Kampsen; owner of Grand Champions Polo Club, Marc Ganzi; and Olympic Show Jumper Champion and daughter of rocker Bruce Springsteen, Jessica Springsteen.
Wellington Community comes together to celebrate Boys & Girls Clubs “Passport to Paradise” in a star-studded event

THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY RECEIVE GRANT FROM THE CHARLES LAFITTE FOUNDATION

By: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Staff
Date: January 30, 2017
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County are delighted to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Charles LaFitte Foundation (CLF). These funds will go towards supporting the continued operation and overall Mission of the thirteen Clubs throughout the County. Upon touring the Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Club in Riviera Beach, the Charles Lafitte Foundation’s leadership quickly realized the intimate correlation with their own Mission. The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research & issues, and the arts.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA AND COMCAST AWARD LOCAL CLUB NEW PASSENGER VAN

By: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Staff
Date: November 9, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast along with other corporate supporters will award Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County with a brand new 2016 Chevrolet Express Passenger van (MSRP $40,000) as part of the non-profit’s Back2School Stuff the Bus challenge. Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County was awarded the van because of their service to kids in the community. The new vehicle will be used to help the organization with transporting kids and teens to the facility after-school. The critical resource is vital in helping local youth get the opportunity to attend a Club to engage in Club programming and activities like homework help, STEM learning, coding, sports and leadership clubs.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) has awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Police Athletic League (PAL) Inc. and The Learning Center a Let’s Play equipment donation valued at $50,000 as part of its partnership with Good Sports. Among other equipment, the grants provide footballs, scrimmage vests, pop-up goals, basketballs, cones, soccer balls, volleyballs, jump ropes and playground balls. Let’s Play is an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Through DPS’s partnership with Good Sports, an organization which provides donations of athletic gear, footwear and sports equipment to deserving organizations or communities, Let’s Play has committed $3 million through 2016 to help kids become active through organized sports and fitness programs.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY AWARDED A $50,000 LET’S PLAY SPORTS EQUIPMENT DONATION FROM DR PEPPER SNAPPLE AND NATIONAL NON-PROFIT GOOD SPORTS

Volunteers from UTC Climate, Controls & Security spent an afternoon assistng nearly 50 Club members in developing a basic understanding of solar energy through hands-on activities that demonstrated how solar energy can transform into kinetic energy, thermal energy, chemical energy and electricity. They also learned about wind and how to measure wind speed and direction, and investigated how wind works and generates electricity. Club members and volunteers worked together to build solar houses and wind mills and had the opportunity to head outdoors to evaluate and measure the amounts of energy generated from each. Volunteers taught Club members about transformation of energy and how each of us can do our part to reduce energy consumption and pollutants to create a more sustainable environment.
Marjorie S. Fisher Boys & Girls Club Participates in Green Apple Day of Service Event with Volunteers from UTC Climate, Controls & Security

OFFICE DEPOT CELEBRATES GRAND RE-OPENING DONATING SACKPACKS TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

By: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Staff
Date: September 22, 2016
West Palm Beach, FL, September 20, 2016 – Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP), celebrating 30 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced a ribbon-cutting celebration for the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled store in West Palm Beach on Thursday, September 22, at 10:00 a.m. The store, which is located at 101a S. State Road 7, features Office Depot’s exciting new “Store of the Future” format. During this ceremony, the Office Depot Foundation is donating new children’s sackpacks with essential school supplies to three local nonprofit organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County; City of Greenacres, Department of Leisure Services; and Communities In Schools Palm Beach County. Each organization also will receive a $100 Office Depot gift card.

JACOBS’ FAMILY ‘Great Futures with STEM’ PROGRAM

By: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Staff
Date: September 1, 2016
) In an effort to increase academic achievement in children and youth, the Jacobs Family Foundation is partnering with the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington and awarding a $25,000 grant to support STEM Programming over the 12 months. These programs emphasize basic academics on a technology platform using a series of (45 min – 1.5 hour) project-based lessons. The STEM educational programs include various modules and initiatives that focus on science, technology, engineering and math and are divided according to age group and skill level, affording each participating child opportunities to learn and excel at their own pace and level without the fear of failure.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Wins Robotics National Competition

By: Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Staff
Date: August 16, 2016
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County was proclaimed the National Champion for the Zero Robotics National Competition for Middle Schools. The competition took place on August 12 at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL. The team from the Marjorie S. Fisher Boys & Girls Club entered the competition as the state champion, accompanied by The Naoma Donnelley Haggin Club of Delray Beach who had placed third, as their consulting team. A total of 12 teams across the country competed for the national title and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County was the only Boys & Girls Clubs to enter this competition in the entire state of Florida. The organization had a total of four teams enter the competition with two of the teams placing in the top three at the state level.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Wins Robotics National Competition

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