(Left to right) Martha Olang, Youth of the Year; Julie Davis, Door County Boys and Girls Club Executive Director; and Elfriede Leporte, Door County Boys and Girls Club Board member, at the awards ceremony in San Francisco. Submitted photo.
May 23, 2014The Boys & Girls Club of Door County was honored with a national award at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 108th National Conference held recently in San Francisco. The Club was awarded the prestigious Honor Award for Overall Program Excellence for Clubs with budgets of less than $500,000. The Metlife Foundation awards a $5,000 grant to the winning clubs.
"We are grateful for this national recognition," said Julie Davis, the club's executive director. "To be honored as the best program in the nation for small clubs is incredible. We've been truly blessed to have a dedicated group of staff, volunteers and supporters. Their unwavering commitment to provide the very best to the youth of our community has had a tremendous impact on the young people we serve, and provided them with the support they need to be successful."
The Boys & Girls Club of Door County provides programs for more than 300 boys and girls a year with an annual membership fee of only $10. The club's average daily attendance has increased 2,000 percent in the last three years and now serves more than half of all elementary children living in Sturgeon Bay and several from the surrounding communities. For more information visit bgcdoorcounty.org.