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Campaign Reaches 100 Percent of its goal

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County has announced that it has completed its Building Great Futures Campaign for its new Salida facility.  With Salida City Council awarding $32,000 in December, volunteer Board Chair and Campaign Chair Duncan Campbell said the venerable youth development organization had reached its $1.639 million goal.

The location for the new Boys and Girls Club in Salida  previously served as the Exer-Flex Health and Fitness Center (Photo by Taylor Sumners)

“We crossed the finish line thanks to more than 120 individual donors, our elected city and county officials, local businesses, foundations, and our tireless board-past and present- our phenomenal campaign leadership team, our campaign director, staff, and volunteers,” said Campbell. “We did it!”

Campbell pointed out that the Building Great Futures Campaign arose out of the organization’s strategic plan.

“Just over four years ago we identified facilities, permanent homes for both of our clubs, as our number one priority.  We were guided by the need and motivated by the impact our clubs have in changing the trajectory of young peoples’ lives in Chaffee County.  We believed strongly and still do that we are the gold standard in youth development here and our facilities need to reflect our mission in changing young lives for the better.”

Executive Director Brian Beaulieu echoed Campbell’s excitement.

“We have so many people to thank for this accomplishment.  Great organizations attract great people, and in this case, great investors. We now have a permanent home for our youth and teens in Salida.  It will help us continue our mission as the most vital youth development organization in Chaffee County, giving a boost to working families, helping them thrive here for years to come.”

The Boys & Girls Club includes multiple programming opportunities; courtesy image features a Salida Circus program.

“We are overwhelmed by everyone’s support,” he added. “It’s been a collective effort we can all be proud of as our Salida home has the fingerprints of many and the imprints of those who care.”

Thanks to investors, the new club features a learning center, tech center, kitchen, teen center, climbing wall, art room, library and soon there will be a future leadership training room, music room, and performance space.  Molly’s Playground is also nearing completion outside the club.

Beaulieu said Boys & Girls Clubs will now focus on the phase two goal of its campaign; the Building Great Futures Buena Vista Campaign.

“Thanks to the Town of Buena Vista and our county commissioners, we’re off and running to build a permanent home in Buena Vista.  Our kids and families in the northern end of our county deserve the best as well too.  Our bold vision ensures that success is within reach of every child.  Our success means better outcomes for youth in families throughout Chaffee County. It must continue and will continue.  We are so grateful to our community, our elected officials, and our donors.”