Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area Celebrates Merger with Inaugural “Capital Area Community Celebration”
Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area is holding the inaugural “Capital Area Community Celebration” to memorialize the recent merger of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and Troy Boys & Girls Club. The free family friendly event is taking place on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at both the Albany and Troy clubhouses and is open to the public. The Troy Block Party will take place from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm, and the Albany Events will take place from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
The Troy Block Party, located at 1700 7th Ave, includes children’s activities and games, as well as free lunch for the community. The Albany event, located at 21 Delaware Ave, includes a basketball clinic for children ages 9-17, a basketball tournament, games and activities, free dinner for the community and informational booths provided by community resource organizations.
“The Capital Area Community Celebration will be an annual event to celebrate the community partnerships that support the Club’s mission to serve youth that need us the most,” said Justin Reuter, Chief Executive Officer. “This is an opportunity to directly involve families, businesses, volunteers, board members, staff, and other community members - everyone that comes together through the Club to give these kids the tools they need to succeed.”
Additionally, the Troy Block Party will include a presentation thanking major donors who financially supported the merger. SEFCU, St. Peter’s Health Partners, 99 Restaurants, the Seymour Fox Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America collectively donated $571,000.00, which was critical to the success of the merger. The funds were used to create programming such as Soccer for Success, Lyricism 101, and Freight Farm; as well as equipment for their kitchen, food access and a van. Donations such as these are critical to the success of the organization, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area are in need of more businesses who are interested in assisting them in their mission.
On September 12th, 2018, after two years of exploratory discussions, members of the Board of Directors and senior professional leadership announced a shared services agreement intended to lead to consolidation. The creation of the new organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area, builds on the unique strengths and expertise of both organizations in an effort to impact the lives of more children and families and to align their goals with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Great Futures 2025 initiative.
“The City of Albany is proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area - an organization dedicated to serving youth in our communities,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “For 127 years, the Albany Club has been a place for young people to develop and grow in a safe, supportive, and enriching environment. The organization’s merger with the Troy Boys & Girls Club will not only ensure this support continues for even more young people, but also shows how our two cities are strategically working together to make a greater impact.”
Officially merged on February 1st, 2019, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area, has more than 250 employees in 18 locations throughout Albany and Rensselaer county, provide a wide array of services to thousands of our region’s youngest residents, from age 3 to age 19. These services include after-school, teen, and summer camp programming geared towards academic success; living healthy lifestyles; and character and citizenship development. Additionally, the Club offers a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, which serves over 300 students a year, and provides over 250,000 free meals annually through its food service program.
“The establishment of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area is a great accomplishment supporting both the cities of Albany and Troy,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “The mission of serving the youngest members of our society, and doing it together, is a testament to BGCCA and their commitment to enriching the lives of the young people in our community.”