2018 Youth of the Year Candidates

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce our 2018 Youth of the Year Candidates

Meet our 2018 Youth of the Year (YOY) candidates! Fourteen teens are being recognized for demonstrating outstanding leadership in their schools, communities, and Clubs. But only one will be awarded with the highest honor — Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

Over the past few months, the journey for these teens has included professional development sessions such as essay writing, personal branding, public speaking and interviewing skills – much of what’s been led by the Friends of the Club, the BGCSTL young professionals group. Many of the “Friends” also signed on the mentor the Youth of the Year candidates throughout the process.

The YOY candidates will participate in one more activity this week, getting them closer to becoming one of the finalists who will present their speech in front of over 600 guests at next week’s Great Futures Gala! By the end of the evening, a deserving teen will be crowned Youth of the Year!

The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

Meet the Candidates

Adams Park Club

Dezmond McSellers
Age: 16
Grade: 11th
School: Rockwood Summit
Number of Years that you have been a member: 10 years
One word to describe yourself – Determined
Planned College Major: International Business

Daija Glover
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: McKinley High School
Number of Years that you have been a member: 11 years
One word to describe yourself – Audacious
Planned College Major: Urban Politics and Law

Heavyn Borroum
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Rockwood Summit
Number of Years that you have been a member: 9 years
One word to describe yourself – Unstoppable
Planned College Major: Psychology/Communications

Saadiq Holsey
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Mckinley High
Number of Years that you have been a member: 8 years
One word to describe yourself – Multi-talented
Planned College Major: Electrical Engineering

Ferguson Middle School Club

Name: Danielle Tene’ Kain
Age: 14
Grade: 9th
School: Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS)
Number of Years that you have been a member: 6 years
One word to describe yourself – Blessed
Planned College Major: Astro Physics

Herbert Hoover Club

Kahalia Adams
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Parkway North High School
Number of Years that you have been a member: 1 year
One word to describe yourself – Talented
Planned College Major: Anesthesiologist

Aaryn Gardner
Age: 16
Grade: 11th
School: McKinley High School
Number of Years that you have been a member: 10 years
One word to describe yourself – Self-Disciplined
Planned College Major: Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre

Devin Smith
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Number of Years that you have been a member: 12 years
One word to describe yourself – Devoted
Planned College Major: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Jennifer Sandford
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience
Number of Years that you have been a member: 8 years
One word to describe yourself – Ambitious
Planned College Major: Biology

Jordon Gates
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Career Academy
Number of Years that you have been a member: 12 years
One word to describe yourself – Passionate
Planned College Major: Neurology

Be Great Graduate: Roosevelt High School

Canada Turner
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Roosevelt High
Number of Years that you have been a member: 4 years
One word to describe yourself – Determined
Planned Great Future: Marines

Michael Monique Mayo
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Roosevelt
Number of Years that you have been a member: 4 years
One word to describe yourself – Inspirational
Planned College Major: Photo Journalism

O’Fallon Park Club

Akeylah Lester
Age: 17
Grade: 11th
School: Marquette
Number of Years that you have been a member: 2 years
One word to describe yourself – Humble
Planned College Major: Education

Kenya Johnson
Age: 16
Grade: 11th
School: Clyde C Miller
Number of Years that you have been a member: 2 years
One word to describe yourself – Kind
Planned College Major: Education

 

 

Jayson Tatum Visits BGCSTL Hurricane Relief Project Winners

NBA Star, Boston Celtic, Jayson Tatum Visits
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to Reward Members for Hurricane Relief Efforts

In mid-September, St. Louisan & Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum partnered with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to launch an effort to see which Club could collect the most donations in order to provide hurricane relief to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston and Florida who were impacted by recent hurricanes.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 am, he returned to St. Louis to visit the winning Club and to congratulate the Club members on their efforts! Tatum signed autographs, took photos and lunched with the winning Club members.

Jayson Tatum said of the ongoing donation drive, “TOGETHER we can support the rebuilding of the Clubs in the affected communities and help reignite their Club members vision to have a safe place to go each day where they are prepared for a bright future!”

Nearly 100 boxes of supplies were collected from all ten Clubs and community partners that included water, toiletries, canned food, wipes, girl’s hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo, batteries, flashlights, new bedding, board games and arts & crafts supplies.

Jayson Tatum Partners with BGCSTL on Hurricane Relief Project

 

St. Louisan & Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to provide hurricane relief to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston and Florida that were affected by recent hurricanes.

Members from all ten Clubs have launched a challenge to collect the most supplies that will be directly delivered to the young people who attend the clubs in Houston & Florida. It’s hard to imagine but some of these Clubs lost EVERYTHING!

Jayson Tatum said, “TOGETHER we can support the rebuilding of the Clubs in the affected communities and help reignite the Club members vision to have a safe place to go each day where they are prepared for a bright future!”

To honor the hard work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis members collecting donations, Tatum has agreed to visit and have lunch with the local St. Louis Club that collects the most supplies!

Supplies needed:

Water, toiletries, canned food, wipes, girls hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo, batteries, flashlights, new bedding, board games and arts & crafts supplies. Drop off at any of the below locations or CALL 314-335-8340 for more information. To make a donation to be used for hurricane relief supplies, click here.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Administrative Offices
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
phone: (314) 335-8000 fax: (314) 652-7509

CLUB LOCATIONS:

Adams Park Club
4317 Vista Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-633-7900

BE GREAT: GRADUATE at Normandy High School
6701 St. Charles Rock Rd., 63121
636-675-9526

BE GREAT: GRADUATE at Roosevelt High School
3230 Hartford Street St. Louis, MO 63118
314-335-8143

Ferguson Middle School Club
701 January Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63135
314-335-8330

Grannemann Elem. School Club
2324 Redman Road, St. Louis, MO 63136
314.335.8350

Herbert Hoover Club
2901 North Grand Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63107
(314) 335-8000

Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club
401 Powell Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63135
314-335-8340

O’Fallon Park Club
4343 West Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115
314-932-1371

Riverview Gardens Club
314.335.8275
175 Shepley Drive St. Louis, MO 63137

Southeast Middle School Club
918 Prigge Road, St. Louis, MO 63138
314-953-7795

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

St. Louis, MO, August 2017 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members Michele Sowers – Husch Blackwell and Clive Grannum.

Michele Sowers is a partner at Husch Blackwell and concentrates her practice on product liability and general business litigation in the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team. She has extensive experience working with manufacturing companies in the transportation industry — from the car dealerships her family owns in the St. Louis area to large automotive companies.

Clive Grannum is an international executive focused on strategic operations, who has led global manufacturing based organizations with P&Ls of up to $1.4B. His experience comes from industry titans Dow Chemical Company, Rohm and Haas, The ICI Group, and The BOC Group, where he was central to expanding and maintaining market leadership in multiple categories.

For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.

Robert “Bob” Fulstone is 2017 Richard H. Amberg Award

Robert “Bob” Fulstone Receives Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis 2017 Richard H. Amberg Award

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce Robert “Bob” Fulstone, who has served as a dedicated board member and volunteer for over 25 years, as the 2017 Richard H. Amberg Awardee! The Richard H. Amberg Award is presented to a Board member whose leadership and commitment has a profound impact on the Club’s ability to achieve its mission.

During Bob’s award acceptance speech, he said “Other than my marriage of 50 years to my wife Kathy, the Boys & Girls Clubs is one of my greatest joys!”

Previously the Chief Volunteer Officer (CVO) of the Board in 2000 and 2001, Bob oversaw a capital campaign for the Club that secured the first $1 million gift from Dennis & Judy Jones – the largest single gift in the Club’s 38-year history. While CVO, Bob recruited an active and diverse group of Board volunteers, many of which who assumed major leadership roles for BGCSTL. He has also been honored with the Wind Beneath My Wings Award in 1999, the Recognition of Service Award, National Service to Youth Award, Local Service to Youth Award, the Board Challenge Champion, and recognition for marketing excellence by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Bob also chaired the Campaign for Kids annual fund drive and the Resource Development Committee. During this time, the Club had the largest increase in funds raised and more $10,000+ donors for the Jeremiah Millbank Society than ever before. He now serves as the Vice President of the Missouri State Alliance for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Missouri, and makes calls to fund such programs as Meth Smart, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, and more. Bob also generously dedicates his time to the Youth of the Year event in Jefferson City, preparing youth to participate in the prestigious program, the highest honor that a Club member can receive.

Photo (L to R) JaLisa Wines, 2017 Youth of the Year, Bob Fulstone, BGCSTL Teen Ambassadors, Daija Glover, Ezekial Jones and Michael Monique Mayo.

2017 Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce its 2017 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees! During the 2017 Annual Recognition event, where staff, board members, volunteers and other supporters are acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to our Club children, Jerome Tomlin, Grace Conner, Lorenzo Baylor Sr., Susan Jones, Byron Price & Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson were inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Alumni Hall of Honor.

The Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, commitment to leadership, serving our community’s youth, contributions to the St. Louis community and for living out the mission of the Club.

All of the alumni inductees have lived out the mission of the Boys & Girls Club movement and displayed the impact the Club can have in a member’s life. Jerome Tomlin serves as a Virtual Design Coordinator at Paric Corporations; Grace Connor works as a teacher for Saint Louis Public Schools and is a seasonal staff member at the Club; Lorenzo Baylor Sr. works for Citibank as a Vice President in the mortgage banking industry; Susan Jones is the manager of Supplier Diversity at EMED Medical Company; Byron Price is a branch manager for US Bank; and, Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson works for Radio One’s Hot 104.1 STL Weeknights 7p to Midnight.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President, Dr. Flint Fowler said of the Inductees, “This is an outstanding group of alumni who individually and collectively represent the power of a Boys & Girls Club experience. We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions they are making to their communities.”

Photo caption (left to right)
Rocki Jones (Past Alum Honoree), Jerome Tomlin, Grace Conner, Lorenzo Baylor Sr., Dr. Flint Fowler (BGCSTL President), Susan Jones & Byron Price – Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson (not shown).

About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis is to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at ten locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Grannemann Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club and Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club), within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School) as well as five additional elementary schools through our Mentor St. Louis Program. The Clubs are open during hours that kids are most likely to need a safe place to go — after school and during summer. We are also a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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Great Futures Moments – 2nd Quarter News






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OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
GREAT FUTURES MOMENTS
2nd Quarter News 2017

Academic Success | Good Character & Citizenship | Healthy Lifestyles

 

Meet Jamar.
When Jamar became a member of the Boys & Girls Club three years ago, he was quiet, reserved, shy and uncomfortable – just as any kid would be in a new environment. It has taken him awhile to come out of his shell but once he did, he would often find himself in trouble and needed help channeling his energy. Youth Development Professionals at the Club noticed and worked with Jamar on setting personal goals which included being a better member and even better student at school. Because of the Club’s commitment to seeing Jamar succeed, he is now part of his school’s fifth grade entrepreneur’s team. He and his team recently proposed a space redesign of the teacher’s lounge into a “Tiger Cove” – a quiet, relaxing study lounge to work on projects and collaborate with peers in a tranquil setting outside of the normal classroom. His team placed 1st in the competition, even winning against high school students. At the Club, Jamar continues to be the Connect Four champ and shares his contagious smile with peers and staff on a daily basis.


 

From Boys to Men
Thanks to the 107 male members and 27 parents who attended the Passport to Manhood conference this past weekend! The conference is held annually to equip our young men with tools and character building exercises that assist them in becoming successful men! Activities included three Escape Room simulations, designed to enhance team building, critical thinking, and conflict resolution; career and financial training; and, legal consultation and tattoo removal consultation for the parents. Special thanks to sponsor “No Way Out Escape Room Adventures” – their team escape challenge is an incredibly fun team-builder for participants of all ages! Click here for more information.

 

Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) received $50,000 from Lowe’s as a part of the Renovation Across the Nation initiative, which awarded 50 Clubs around the country, including ours, with grants and volunteer support to complete much-needed improvements, by rehabilitating existing Clubs spaces, and bringing new spaces to life. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helped make critical improvements to the swimming pool area possible. Our goal is to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for all members.

Improvements included, a new heating source to help control humidity and temperature; new hand rail for entry steps to replace the rusted unstable rail that existed; new bleacher hand rails to separate spectator section from the pool area and improve crowd control; new benches in bleacher area as there were no bleachers for members or spectators to sit on to watch swimming events; new lighting controls for energy conservation; a new drinking fountain and more. The pool will reopen in time for swim lessons during summer camp.


 

Summer Camp at Nine Locations This Year!
Imagine a place where your child can make life-long friends, visit some of St. Louis’ best attractions, enjoy sporting and cultural activities, take field trips and learn to swim—all in one summer! That place is the Boys & Girls Clubs which is offering day camp for all ages across nine locations this year. Our camp touches youth across the region and is one of the top camps searched for on BluePrint4SummerSTL. Don’t miss out on one of the most affordable, high quality summer day camp programs in the St. Louis area. Register your child, TODAY by clicking here.


 

Friends of the Club Casino Night
It’s not too late to join the Friends of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis at Casino Night – an evening of games, live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tons of fun! The event will be held on April 28th at the Bissinger’s Caramel Room at 7 pm. One hundred percent of the proceeds support more than 7,000 youth at the Club. Special thanks to sponsor Radio One for their support of this event! For more information, or to purchase your tickets ($75 per person), click here.


 

Golf Tourney Adds Dinner to Celebrate 50th
One of the most anticipated Club events of the year, the Jim Butler Golf Tournament has helped increase awareness of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Louis and raise funds so our kids can live healthy and productive lives. This year’s event will be on June 19, 2017 at the Country Club of St. Albans and will include afternoon tee times, lunch and on course goodies/snacks. As a way to celebrate the Club’s 50th anniversary, NEWLY added this year will be a dinner & auction in the RedBird Club at Busch Stadium on Saturday, June 17th. For the first time ever in the stadium’s history, attendees will be able to hit golf balls into the field as well as enjoy dinner and an auction. To sponsor or register, click here. Or contact Jawana Reid with questions, here.


 

Table for Four Thanks
Thanks to the support of co-chairs Adella Jones (Centene Corporation) and May Scheve Reardon (Missouri Lottery), the committee, sponsors and over 300 attendees, $69,000 was raised for girl programs at the Table for Four luncheon! Since its inception, Club friends and supporters have raised nearly $400,000 to ensure that our girls and young women develop healthy lifestyles, positive self-esteem, and sound decision-making skills. To view pictures from the event, click here.


 

Indoor Rock Climbing Wall at HHC
Thanks to the generous donations from Climb So iLL, So iLL Holds, Eldorado Wall Company, YoGoGirls and other partners, BGCSTL unveiled its new indoor rock climbing wall at the Herbert Hoover Club last month. The event featured guest speaker and professional climbing athlete, Kevin Jorgeson. More than 50 Club members climbed the 30 ft. tall wall and participated in yoga classes led by the Saint Louis based organization, YoGoGirls during the event as well.

The indoor rock climbing project is called, “Let’s Make a Move.” Climb So iLL owner David Chancellor says of the initiative, “We wanted to give back to the community that has supported us over the years. As a local business owner, I believe we have a social responsibility to provide resources for young Saint Louisans. Climbing is a great way to introduce team work, communication and promote a healthy lifestyle through fitness opportunities.”


 

Meet Bob – Volunteer Moment
On any given day you can find volunteer Robert (Bob) Stein building relationships with the teens at the Herbert Hoover Club. For the last two years, he’s freely given of his time helping out wherever he’s needed at the Club. He’s helped with homework, took his mentees to the Holocaust Museum as well as African American exhibits in the city, and conducted group sessions around financial literacy and financial planning. Club members say of Bob that they really enjoy hearing about his trips and travels around the world and how traveling connects to their limitless futures.


 

Annual Recognition Event
The Annual Recognition Program that celebrates the commitment of staff, board members, volunteers and supporters to our Club children will be held on June 1, 2017, 5:30 pm at the Palladium Saint Louis, 1400 Park Place. During the event, six former Boys & Girls Clubs members will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor which recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, for contributions to the Club and for living out the mission of the Club. To RSVP for this event, contact Katie, here.


 

Welcome to our New Board Members
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members David R. Aplington – BJC, Gregg Berdy – Opthalmology Associates, Jen Call – U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), Mark C. Darrell – Spire, John Maroney – W & M Restaurants/Taco Bell Franchisee, and, Mark E. Stallion – Husch Blackwell. Read more, here.

 

Year-in-Review
The Year-in-Review one pager that gives a glimpse into the youth we serve and the impact we’ve made in certain areas along with a few highlighted outcomes is now available. The document can be found on our website under “Publications” or viewed, here.

 

Give STL Day is 5/11
The largest local 24-hour giving event, Give STL Day, will be on Thursday, May 11th! While there are hundreds of charities signed up for the event, we invite you to support BGCSTL by helping us purchase kitchen appliances for Nutrition Education. In our Club kitchens, youth learn to cook healthy meals and develop healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. It’s also the place where hot meals and snacks are prepared and stored each day. Last year, all Club members received healthy snacks, such as fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers, three times per day during our eight-week summer camp and a hot meal during after school programming. Year to date, nearly 75,000 snacks and 88,000 meals have been served to our 5,300 Club members. We have an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 for new kitchen appliances and equipment to help St. Louis youth develop sound nutrition habits, and we need your help on May 11th. More to come via email leading up to the day of the event!


 

Second Quarter 2017 Grants Update
Thanks to the following grant partners for their contributions toward BGCSTL programs:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Ross Stores: $20,000 for POWER HOUR programming
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National Vision through America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses: $2,000 for vision screenings at the Grannemann Elementary School Club
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and AT&T: $13,000 for the BE GREAT: Graduate dropout prevention program at Roosevelt High School
• Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust: $25,000 for the dental clinic at the Herbert Hoover Club

 

Thanks to our 1st & 2nd Quarter Donors for their generous support!
Click here.

 


ARTICLE PREVIEW
Success Story
Passport to Manhood
Lowe’s Renovation Across America
Summer Camp
Casino Night
Golf Tournament & Dinner
Table for Four – Thanks
Indoor Rock Climbing at HHC
Volunteer Moment
Annual Recognition Event
New Board Members
Year-in-Review
Give STL Day 5/11
Grants
Donor Thanks

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Casino Night
Friday, April 28, 2017
7 pm

Smart Girls Conference
April 29, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Adams Park Club,
10 year anniversary celebration
May 17, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm

Annual Recognition Event
June 1, 2017
5:30 pm
RSVP to Katie here

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
June 19, 2017
10:30 am registration
Country Club of St. Albans

Golf Dinner & Auction
Saturday, June 17th
7 pm

NEW DATE
Great Futures Gala
November 17, 6 pm




“I have the Club to thank for my beautiful smile! When my mom found out that dental care was free with membership, I was able to get free braces.”
Rocky
Club Alum







LOCATIONS

Adams Park Club
314.633.7900
4317 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Be Great Graduate – Normandy High School
6701 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63121
636.675.9526

Be Great Graduate – Roosevelt High School
3230 Hartford Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
314.335.8143

Ferguson Middle School Club
314.335.8330
701 January Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63135

Grannemann Elem. School Club
314.335.8350
2324 Redman Road
St. Louis, MO 63136

Herbert Hoover Club
314.335.8000
2901 N. Grand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63107

Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club
314.335.8340
401 Powell Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63135

O’Fallon Park Club
314.932.1371
4343 West Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115

Riverview Gardens Club
314.335.8275
174 Shepley Drive
St. Louis, MO 63137

Southeast Middle School Club
314.953.7795
918 Prigge Road
St. Louis, MO 63138

 
Special Initiatives
Mentor St. Louis

Newsletter Contact
For more information or with questions, contact Shuntae Shields Ryan,
VP, Marketing & Communications via phone 314.335.8009 or email.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For 50 years, BGCSTL has been providing after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis area while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at ten locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Grannemann Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club and Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club), within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School) and five additional elementary schools through our Mentor St. Louis Program.
Boys & Girls Clubs
of Greater St. Louis
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
Phone: (314) 335-8000
Fax: (314) 652-7509

 


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Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) received $50,000 from Lowe’s as a part of the Renovation Across the Nation initiative, which awarded 50 Clubs around the country, including ours, with grants and volunteer support to complete much-needed improvements, by rehabilitating existing Clubs spaces, and bringing new spaces to life. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helped make critical improvements to the swimming pool area possible. Our goal is to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for all members.

Improvements included; a new heating source to help control humidity and temperature; new hand rail for entry steps to replace the rusted unstable rail that existed; new bleacher hand rails to separate spectator section from the pool area and improve crowd control; new benches in bleacher area as there were no bleachers for members or spectators to sit on to watch swimming events; new lighting controls for energy conservation; a new drinking fountain and more. The pool will reopen in time for swim lessons during summer camp.

BGCSTL WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members David R. Aplington – BJC, Gregg Berdy – Opthalmology Associates, Jen Call – U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), Mark C. Darrell – Spire, John Maroney – W &M Restaurants/Taco Bell Franchisee, and, Mark E. Stallion – Husch Blackwell.

Dave Aplington is senior vice president and general counsel for BJC HealthCare and responsible for the provision of legal services throughout BJC’s hospitals and service organizations. He also oversees risk management, corporate compliance and audit services.

Dr. Gregg Berdy is involved with the ophthalmology teaching program at Washington University where he serves as attending physician in the resident clinic.

Jen Call is Assistant Director of Asset Management at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC) where she manages a team of Asset Managers overseeing a portfolio of Low Income Housing Tax Credit investments with committed equity over $3.2 billion in various phases from construction through disposition.

Mark Darrell is senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Spire. In this role he is responsible for advising the board of directors, CEO and senior management on legal matters affecting the utility company and its subsidiaries.

John Maroney is President of W & M Restaurants, which owns and operates 14 Taco Bell stores in Missouri and Illinois.

Mark Stallion is a partner with Husch Blackwell, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team.

For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.

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