Great Futures Fund announces donations to Boys & Girls Clubs in Milford, Oak Orchard

The Boys & Girls Club in Milford received a check for $15,000 from the fund. From left to right: Millie Charnick, Vice President of Operations Boys & Girls Club of Delaware; SaraKate Hammer, Great Futures Gala Committee Member; Leanne Silicato Prosser, Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club Board Member, Director of Great Futures Fund & Great Futures Gala Co-Chair; John Hampton, Administrative Supervisor; Tod Van Eyken, Senior Executive Director; Amanda Terray, Aquatic Director & kids from the Boys & Girls Club.

MILFORD – Following a successful fundraiser at The Peninsula in early February, the Great Futures Fund is thrilled to announce that the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) of Oak Orchard and Milford will be receiving over $75,000 in donations.

“Through the incredible generosity of our local community members, the fundraising committee was able to shatter our original financial goals for this event,” said Leanne Silicato Prosser, Event Chair.

“My sister, Nicole (Silicato Miller), and I have been part of the Boys and Girls Club of Milford for many years.  After moving to Long Neck with our families, we discovered the local Club here in Oak Orchard and wanted to help them with their plans for growth to accommodate the need in this area.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Oak Orchard currently provides services for over 100 children on a daily basis in their facility located on Oak Orchard Road in Millsboro.

“We run before- and after-school programs, a preschool, and a summer camp program here,” said Erica Kennedy, Director at BGC Oak Orchard.  “The current programs are running on all cylinders; however, we currently have over a two-page waiting list of youth that would like to attend our Club and we simply don’t have the space.”

The Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club received $60,000 from the fund. From left to right: Bethany Ackerman, Club Coorindator at The Peninsula Golf & Country Club; Toby Cullen- Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club Board President; Linda Cullen Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club Board Member; Millie Charnick, Vice President of Operations Boys & Girls Club of Delaware; Erica Kennedy, Unit Director Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club.

With the Oak Orchard, Millsboro, and Long Neck areas growing quickly, the need for more services at the Boys and Girls Club is apparent.

Raising the $75,000 in donations from the Great Futures Gala in early February will provide much-needed funds for 2019 summer camp programs, scholarships and supplies. The long-term goal for the club, however, is an expansion of the existing facility in order to serve more local children and families.

“We are looking into our next steps with the club leadership,” Silicato Prosser said.  “The way the community rallied around raising these initial funds was absolutely fantastic. From our sponsors to the on-site volunteers to the club employees and families who attended the event, this was truly an inspirational evening.  We hope to continue our path forward, with the help of the community, to achieve our ultimate goal of providing more services for children, teens, and families in need with a facility expansion in Oak Orchard.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware offer affordable before-, after- and out- of school programs for 30,000+ young people in grades K-12 at 43 locations across Delaware. They are the largest licensed childcare provider in the state.

Their numerous program areas challenge and develop the mind and body, helping members build a solid foundation on which to develop moral and ethical values through diverse educational programs and social activities.

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