01.31.18 - Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County Launches Great Futures Campaign
OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 31, 2018) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County has announced the public phase of its Great Futures Campaign to serve more youth, more often, with greater impact. The Campaign centers around adding a Teen Center space for high school students at the Memorial Park Boys & Girls Club, 3535 N. Western, sustaining the Club programs in three elementary schools, enhanced programing at all four Club sites, and broadening the footprint by adding a fifth Club site.
Campaign Co-Chairs Gene Rainbolt and Mark McCubbin have announced that the campaign has reached 75% of its $7.8 million goal thanks to 100% of board giving and other generous lead gifts from individuals and foundations. Initial gifts for the Great Futures Campaign were made in memory of Aubrey K. McClendon in recognition of his support of the Boys & Girls Clubs and many other important causes in the community. In announcing the public phase of the campaign, the cabinet wants to encourage broad ranging community support.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The organization has a current membership of 3,854 youth, 6-18 years old, serving up to 800 each day after school and during summer and school breaks. Professional staff and volunteers work toward three primary outcomes for the youth served: that they graduate from high school with a plan for the future, live healthy lifestyles (nutrition, exercise and healthy relationships) and become contributing members of the community.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County opened its doors in July 1995 in a small community center building in Memorial Park. The Club quickly outgrew that space and ran a capital campaign in 2007 and 2009 to build a 35,000 square feet facility in the park, which now serves up to 400 children and teens a day. When capacity was reached at that building, a partnership was developed to begin Club activities in two south Oklahoma City and one Midwest City elementary schools after school. With consistent role models and wide reaching programs in character and leadership development, arts, technology and sports, Boys & Girls Clubs help close the opportunity gap for underserved youth.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County is proud to be a United Way partner agency, and collaborates with many other agencies and organizations to provide the most opportunities and make the deepest impact on the youth served.
More information about the organization, the Great Futures Campaign and how to donate can be found at www.bgcokc.org or by calling 405-602-5714.