Local constituents recently lent a hand to kick off groundbreaking for two new teen facilities planned by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS).
From youths to local families and civic leaders who contributed to the cause, Scottsdale denizens turned out in full force to officially expedite the construction, according to a press release. The facilities will include multimedia/computer lab, game and fitness rooms, and a place to obtain homework and tutoring help.
Scheduled for completion in November, the two facilities are the Hilton Teen Center at Thunderbirds in Grayhawk and the Ellie and Michael Ziegler Teen Center at Vestar in Desert Ridge.
Benefactors included community leaders Ellie and Michael Ziegler, Suzanne and Steve Hilton and Marianne and Glenn Guenther. Marianne Guenther expressed strong support and confidence in the new sites’ capacity to provide “a safe, nurturing and healthy option to spend their time.”
“We hope that in this new gymnasium our young people will have inspiring conversations, dream big, build confidence and have healthy game-changing opportunities,” she added.
The BGCS board of governors, itself among the contributors, relayed that the organization is still accepting donations for the project at BGCS.org/OneInAMillion.
“We are so thankful to the Guenthers, Hiltons and Zieglers for leading these projects that will impact generations of youth, giving them a safe place to learn and grow during vulnerable non-school hours,” BGCS CEO Lisa Hurst expressing gratitude to all contributors said in the release. “Our kids are fortunate to grow up in a community that cares so deeply for its young people and is willing to invest in their futures.”