The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville announced Nov. 30 that it has recently reached its minimum fundraising goal of $6 million for its Build & Grow Capital Campaign.
Beginning in January 2015, the Build & Grow Capital Campaign cabinet, led by Honorary Co-Chairs Sen. Luke Kenley and his wife Sally, set out to reach their fundraising goal. Volunteers met with individuals and corporations to share the need, vision and design for a new, more efficient facility, designed to better serve the youth in our community and to address the growth in membership and attendance.
The new facility will ultimately be more cost-efficient to operate by co-locating on a single campus with the existing Community Center. New amenities will include outdoor green space, a dedicated cafeteria and auditorium, music room, tutoring room and strength-training room. The unified facility will allow youth the exposure to experience more diverse programming and provide a more effective use of financial resources donated to BGCN.
“Once again, this community has demonstrated their support and giving to make this new facility a reality,” Beth Meister, Build & Grow Campaign co-chairperson stated in a press release. “Clearly, the donors big and small see how the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville plays a vital role to the families of Noblesville. This new facility will continue to provide a larger, more efficient environment for all the amazing after-school programming we offer each and every day. We thank all of the individuals, corporations and organizations who have generously contributed to make great futures happen right here in Hamilton County.”
The club is working with Hagerman Construction Group and Axis Architects on the project. Ground breaking is slated to begin at the end of February 2017, with construction anticipated to be completed in December 2017.
The current facility at 1448 Conner St. will be listed for sale by Jon Hirschfeld with F.C. Tucker as the club seeks to find a new owner for the property.
“Our current facility, the Howard M. Whitcomb Building, has provided a lifetime of memories for so many children who have passed through its doors, both as a school and then as the Boys & Girls Club,” BGCN Executive Director Becky Terry stated. “We are excited to see what next great purpose the building will serve within our community.”
BGCN staff said the campaign cabinet will continue to seek funding for the project in hopes of covering the costs associated with furniture, equipment and an outdoor playground that would have been a future addition to the site. Donors can purchase a custom, commemorative brick on the “Pathway to GREAT FUTURES” for $500 or make a donation of any size at bgcni.org.