Sammamish Boys and Girls Club thriving with donations
By LINDA BALL
Sammamish Reporter Staff
December 8, 2011 · Updated 4:18 PM
The newly opened Sammamish EX3 Teen and Recreation Center has received more than $100,000 in donations from four sources.
Michele Donahou, a Bellevue resident and longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs, has pledged $50,000 to support the Teen Center.
“I am proud to support such an amazing facility and organization," Donahou said. “It is going to be an incredible asset.”
The organization also received $35,000 from the Joshua P. Williams Foundation.
“We are so grateful for their continuing support,” said Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club executive director Jane Ronngren.
Previously Ronngren said the organization needs to raise $3.5 million for a gymnasium, offices and restrooms at the Sammamish Boys & Girls Club.
The Teen Center also received a $15,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation and $1,500 from the Inglewood Jr. High PTSA.
“The Eastlake PTSA also contributed $3,000, and the Samantha Smith PTSA donated $3,000,” Ronngren said. “We are so appreciative of these recent gifts from diverse sources, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
While membership and program fees help support operations, fundraising is said necessary to keep rates affordable.
“Every Boys & Girls Club in King County relies on fundraising to provide high-quality, affordable programs, and we are excited to be engaging the individuals, associations, and businesses in our community,” said Jeremy Peck, Resource Development Manager. “We’ve received some great support, but need to continue our outreach, especially to achieve our goals to build the gymnasium.”
The new teen center is open after school until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for youth and teens in grades 6-12.
Those interested in getting involved or for more information contact Jane Ronngren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-250-4781.
Linda Ball can be reached at 206-232-1215 ext. 5052.