Celebrating Veterans Day

This Saturday is an important day for the USA. Each year, on November 11, we honor those who have served in our military, during both wartime and peacetime. Memorial Day, which occurs in May, is intended to honor those who have died while serving, while Veterans Day is a day to honor and thank those veterans who are still living. Veterans Day also serves to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty. (Department of Veteran Affairs).

Here are some fun/fast facts:

The day Veterans Day is celebrated, November 11, is the anniversary of World War 1

There are 18.5 million veterans in the United States. Of those, 1.6 million are women.

9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.

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Please take some time to say thank you to a veteran!!

Also, a huge THANK YOU from all of us at BGC to all of our families for helping us collect candy for the Candy Buy Back, which gets sent to soldiers over seas. Your generous donation allowed us to send them some goodies as well as some letters that the kids were able to write for them, so Thank You!

 

 

 

Boys & Girls Club Accepts Donation from The Fireside Theatre

FIRESIDE GIFT -  Ryan and Kristi Klopcic from The Fireside recently visited the Boys and Girls Club at Purdy Elementary School to announce a $25,000 gift that The Fireside directed to the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson.   Pictured here, celebrating with dozens of Club members, are, left to right:  Fort Atkinson Community Foundation Chairman Christopher Rogers; Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson Advisory Board member Steve Schafer; Boys & Girls Club Director Alicia Norris; Fireside owners, Kristi and Ryan Klopcic; and Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson Advisory Board member Hannah Bare.

FIRESIDE GIFT -  Ryan and Kristi Klopcic from The Fireside recently visited the Boys and Girls Club at Purdy Elementary School to announce a $25,000 gift that The Fireside directed to the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson.   Pictured here, celebrating with dozens of Club members, are, left to right:  Fort Atkinson Community Foundation Chairman Christopher Rogers; Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson Advisory Board member Steve Schafer; Boys & Girls Club Director Alicia Norris; Fireside owners, Kristi and Ryan Klopcic; and Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson Advisory Board member Hannah Bare.

The Fireside Dinner Theatre recently presented the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson with a gift of $25,000 to support their afterschool programs. 

Last month, The Fireside was presented with the 2017 Wisconsin Business Achievement Award through the Flowers Family Foundation in recognition of their positive impact on the Wisconsin economy. The award included a $75,000 donation that The Fireside could direct to the non-profit of their choice.

Ryan and Kristi Klopcic, owners of The Fireside, decided to donate the award to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, specifying that $50,000 go to the Foundation’s General Fund in support of an ambulance unit for the City of Fort Atkinson Fire Department, and $25,000 go to the Fort Atkinson Boys & Girls Club Fund to help the local club with its mission of helping youngsters reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

According to Club Director Alicia Norris, the Boys & Girls Club will use the gift to expand their training program and professional development opportunities for their Club staff. "The Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson is honored to receive this generous donation from The Fireside,” noted Norris.  “We are appreciative of their support so we can continue the work of our mission, strategic goals and ultimately have a bigger impact on the youth of our community.”

The Club currently has 251 registered Club members, 20 part-time staff members and two full-time staff for the 2017-2018 school year. It has sites open at all four public elementary schools from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Club offers a variety of activities, positive role models, and a safe environment for elementary school kids who are at least six years old.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson relies on donations from the community to keep the program accessible to all youth. For more information about the Club or to donate, visit www.bgcfortatkinson.org. or follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Wish Lists

We are looking for the input of all our Club members to create a new and updated BOOK WISH LIST and a regular WISH LIST for everyday fun items too.

Members will have the opportunity to look around online and although we won't be ordering them immediately, we are hoping to get more quality books that are of interest to our Club members for our Power Hour activities. Club members can give the titles of their top 3 WISH LIST BOOKS to the site staff!

Have other items, games or toys you would like at the Club? Let the Club staff know and they will add it to our Regular Wish List too!

Interested in donating items from our wish list or making a financial contribution to the Club to purchase these books or items? Contact Alicia Norris at a.norris@bgcfortatkinson.org

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