On September 25th, the Club took part in the Annual Rodman Ride for Kids. The event offered riders who are raising funds for youth serving agencies, the opportunity to take part in a 25, 50 or 100 mile bike ride through the towns of Southeastern Massachusetts. With great weather on our side over 1,500 riders, along with over 300 corporate sponsors, helped raise over $6 million for organizations that provide programs and services to youth. The Boys and Girls Club, which had a number of corporations and friends supporting our cause, expects to raise over $350,000 from the event to support vital programs being offered in all three of our centers. In addition, over 25 volunteers including staff, parents, alumni and teen members of the Keystone Club spent the day operating a waterstop. We would like to thank our many teams and corporate sponsors who supported the Club effort and also the many board members and community riders who raised funds as part of the agency team. Lastly, many thanks to the Ride staff for their energy and assistance and to Mr. Don Rodman, the organizer of this event, who continues to enthusiastically support the Boys and Girls Club and its members, as well as youth from many other well known non-profit organizations that work with kids. For more information on our next upcoming special event fundraiser, The Grand Drawing at the Four Seasons Hotel on 11/20, please contact Anne Stern at ext. 1130.
On October 29th, the Club will open its doors at our Daniel Marr Unit (Deer Street) and Walter Denney Youth Center Unit (Harbor Point) sites in the late afternoon to host our Annual Halloween Party for members age 6 to 12. The parties will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. so that our members have a safe and fun place to celebrate the holiday. There is no cost to enter the party and parents please note, children must not be dropped off before 4:45 p.m. and must be picked up promptly at 7:00 p.m. During this years event we plan on having carnival style games, a best-dressed costume award, snacks, a haunted house and a small goody bag of candy for all. For more information on our Halloween Party please contact Social Recreation Director, Zack Solomon at 617-288-7120, ext. 2121 or our Denney Center Unit Director, Queenette Santos at 617-822-3701.
Music Program News
In the month of October, the Music Clubhouse will kick-off a number of it’s core programs for ages 10 & older, including our small group Music Lesson program with Berklee College of Music Work Study Team Members. These classes will consist of drums, voice, bass, guitar and piano and require pre-registration. This coming Friday (10/8) we will see the return of the popular Jazz Boston Riffs & Raps program. The 5-week class will help members explore their creativity and community through the medium of Jazz music. Lastly, we will begin our Music Production & Songwriting Class as well as our Music Theory Class later in the month. Spots still remain for interested members. These small group programs are in addition to scheduled drop-in activities such as Rock Band, American Idol and Open Mic Night. For information please contact Music Clubhouse Director, Ayeisha Mathis at ext. 1430.
Marr-lin Swim Team News
The members of the Marr-lin Swim Team have begun full team practices in preparation for the fast approaching dual-meet season. The 100+ members of the team currently practice four days a week perfecting strokes and lowering personal times as they prepare for the traditional Blue/White practice meet on 10/23. This inter-squad meet will help get the team ready for their season opening dual-meet against the Watertown Club on 10/30. In November the team will follow that up by hosting the Chelsea & Worcester Clubs on 11/6, traveling to the Taunton Club on 11/13, and closing out the month by hosting the Waltham Club on 11/20. The dual-meet season will continue through to the end of January followed by the league championship meet in February at U-Mass Boston, the regional championship meet in Lebanon, NH in March, the National Championship Meet (for those swimmers qualifying) in April in St. Petersburg, FL. As well as a variety of age specific invitational meets throughout the region. For more information on the Marr-lin Swim Team, or any of our other Aquatic programs, please contact Aquiles Gomes at 617-288-7120, ext. 2220.