By: The Constructivist | 5/18/2016

(Meridian, May 19th) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County and its board of directors is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the new gym and teen center at the Meridian Boys & Girls Club, located at 911 N. Meridian Road. The event will take place on Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m. and will celebrate the long-awaited opening of the new facility and the many supporters who made it possible. Following the ribbon cutting, guests can enjoy tours of the new facility and a Kid’s Fair sponsored by AT&T.

The grand opening will mark the first time Club youth and teens have the opportunity to see the new building. “The kids are so excited,” says Colleen Braga, the Club’s Executive Director. “It will be fun to watch their faces as they see everything for the first time.”

The much needed expansion has doubled the operating space of the Meridian Club, allowing the Club to serve more kids as well as provide additional sports and recreation opportunities. It also provides separate, world-class space for teens, a population that the Club is focused on attracting and retaining.

“Thanks to the support of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, we were able to expand our vision for the teen center,” said Braga. “The new space captures the ‘cool factor’ that teens are looking for and provides technology and a great environment for collaborative learning and interaction.”

“In many cases, the Boys & Girls Clubs serve our most at-risk children in their greatest time of need,” said Roger Quarles, executive director of the Albertson Family Foundation. “We imagine the new teen center will be a place where kids will run to get to and be slow to leave. A place where they can learn about themselves, about technology and their limitless learning potential.”

Under the leadership of campaign co-chairs, Mayor Tammy DeWeerd and Tommy Ahlquist of Gardner Company, fundraising for the project was completed in record time. In addition to a $1 million gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, key donations were received from the City of Meridian, ConAgra, Winston Moore, the Kissler Family Foundation, John F. Nagel Foundation, Tom and Sue Davis, Micron Foundation, Harry W. Morrison Foundation, Blue Cross of Idaho, and the J.R. Simplot Company. The project was also supported through major in-kind contributions from Gardner Company, ESI, Cole Architects, DeBest Plumbing, Jaker’s Nursery and many others.

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