Recent gift, along with funds already raised, kick off capital campaign to renovate the Northwest Unit
GAINESVILLE, Fl. — The Boys & Girls Club is a building, like many others. It has walls, windows, walkways. It has a roof, a floor and doors. However since the late 70’s the Northwest Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County building has been different – the doors have been different. The doors have been an invitation to our community’s youth; for forming lifelong friendships, building character, learning, growing and reaching toward a bright future and thanks to a recent contribution by Boys & Girls Club Alum and Former University of Florida and NFL Quarterback, Doug Johnson, the building is about to undergo a significant change.
In June, the 12th Annual Doug Johnson’s Reeling for Kids Saltwater Challenge sponsored by WW Gay Mechanical Contractors raised $100,000 to go toward renovations at the Boys & Girls Club Northwest Unit located at 2700 NW 51st Street in Gainesville.
Scott Monnett, President/Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County says, “That with this donation of $100,000, contributions from the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Wild Game Feast event in 2014 and 2015 more than $350,000 has been committed to the estimated $2.5 million dollar renovation project.” Monnett added, “We are excited to have such a great kickoff to our capital fundraising efforts, this Unit has been serving youth in our community since the late 70’s and it’s time for it to get a facelift and we have a wonderful design plan in place. We know how the Community feels about our Clubs and we are confident that they will join the effort in improving this Unit for our youth that’s why we are excited to announce the kickoff to our Planting Seed for Greater Future Capital Campaign.”
Since I was five years old, I came here for after school programs, sports programs and summer camps so I know what it does for kids, I know how it affects kids and their futures,” Johnson says.
Johnson says the Northwest Unit looks the same, renovations are needed and he urges the Community to join him in supporting the Campaign. He, along with his foundation, Reeling for Kids, which he started this foundation 13 years ago, has raised more than a million dollars for the Club that have been used over the year to fund programs and facility maintenance.
The plan calls for a total renovation of space, including outside façade, updated HVAC, plumbing and electrical, improved classroom space for academic programs and grade specific activities, updated technology center, addition of library and arts space and most importantly and enhanced member service area to provide greater support for our youth and families. According to Monnett, the renovations will begin as funds become available. Recently, a new gym floor was installed at the Northwest Unit with funds from the Rotary Wild Game Feast and support of volunteers from Nationwide Insurance.
If you would like to get more involved with the Boys & Girls Club or contribute to the renovation efforts please contact Scott Monnett at 352-372-5342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.