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Mar 5, 2013 2:46 PM by Press Release

Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana Kicks off Annual Campaign

Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana have kicked off its annual "It Just Takes One" campaign which will run March 1 thru April 30. The campaign will raise funds for the Clubs' after-school programs and services for youth, ages 6-18, living in Lafayette, Iberia, St. Landry, and Vermilion. This campaign seeks donations primarily from individuals.

The campaign's goal this year is to raise $325,000 for the Clubs' annual operating budget. Bob Sellman, Chief Volunteer Officer said, "We are proud to announce that to date, our campaign has raised $75,000 as a result of some early lead gifts and gifts from 100 percent of our board members and staff. All we need now is the rest of our community to show their support, and we will be able to reach, maybe even exceed, our goal."

"Our Clubs are making a difference in the community," added Jerry Prejean. "Last year, our local Clubs served 3,000 youth. But there are still many more children in our community that need the kind of positive influence and guidance the Clubs provide, and we want to reach out to these youth and their families."

Funds raised will help sponsor kids to attend summer camp and provide quality after school programs such as the Power Hour homework help program, computer skills training, career exploration, arts and crafts, fitness and sports, and character and leadership programs such as SMART Moves (a prevention program) and Youth of the Year (the Club's premier recognition program).

The Boys & Girls Clubs mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

"The cost of providing the Boys & Girls Club experience to one child for a year is about $1,000" said Sellman "You can see what a valuable investment that is when you compare it to the cost of incarcerating a youth who went in the wrong direction - usually $50,000 or more. The Clubs give a good return on investment."

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, founded in 1970 is a non-profit, privately-funded 501{c}{3} organization and depends on private donations and volunteers to accomplish its mission. The Clubs annually serve some 3,000 youth. To make a donation or to volunteer, contact the Boys & Girls Club office at 337-268-9555 or visit the Web site at www.bgcacadiana.com. Boys & Girls Clubs is a board driven organization:

Leadership - Board of Directors

* Benoit, Robert Lafayette Fire Chief
* Blanco, Karmen Cox Communications
* Bodden, Steve Stone Energy
* Broussard, Toya Teche Bank (Iberia)
* Cassulo, Frank Chevron
* Chamblin, Joshua Acadian Ambulance
* Colbert, Spencer Superior Energy Services
* Craft, Jim Lafayette Police Chief
* Courville, Bryan Coastal Production Consulting (Iberia)
* Courville, Janet Team Industrial Services (Iberia)
* Dean, Andrea Opelousas General
* Dehart, Madeline Vermilion Parish School System (Vermilion)
* Doise, Daryl Central Control, LLC
* Donahue, Megan Jones Walker
* Doyle, Angie TMC Foods, LLC
* Doyle, Jim Coastal Chemical (Vermilion)
* Ducote, Chad WALMART Distribution Center
* Duhon, Lisa District Attorney's Office (Iberia)
* Durr, Dickie Retired Pharmacist
* Frith, Kirk Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department (Vermilion)
* Gaede, Reed JCPENNEY
* Galyean, Mary Lafayette Utilities System
* Guilbreaux, Murphy Gulf Coast Bank (Vermilion)
* Haney, Phil J. District Attorney (Iberia)
* Hardy, Mike Ray Chevrolet (Vermilion)
* Jackson, Chip University of Louisiana
* Jones, Virginia Louisiana Economic Development
* Lafleur, Dr. Kenneth Retired Physician (St. Landry)
* Lincoln, Karen The Daily Advertiser/The Daily World
* Martin, Melanie Community Volunteer
* Meaux, Chad Fire & Safety Specialists
* Michalk, Robert Robert M's
* Miniex, Dale University of Louisiana
* Mitchell, Roseanne Community Volunteer
* Murray, Loretta WALMART Distribution Center
* Patout, Pat Gulf Coast Bank
* Pellerin, Burley Bud Street Management
* Polk, Sadie Samson Rope (Iberia)
* Prejean, Jerry IBERIABANK
* Pullin, Cindy IBERIABANK
* Saitta, Vincent Colomb & Saitta
* Sampe, Lisa Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
* Sellman, Bob AT&T
* Shirley, Rebecca Louisiana Economic Development (Vermilion)
* Stevens, Amy LHC Group
* Thomas, Doc Allstate Insurance (Iberia)
* Tompkins, Penn Iberia Medical Center
* Trahan, Todd Cal-Chlor
* Walters, Christine Capital One
* Wilson, Monte Our Lady of Lourdes
* Woodruff, Woody Woodruff Law Firm (Vermilion)

 

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