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.