Join The Edge Effect and Evan Taylor Jones for a free concert this Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Webb Field recreation complex, at the corner of S.R. 40 and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Ocala. The celebration will benefit Young Life and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County.
The end of September brought a harvest of volunteers from the local Lowe’s Home Center, along with several independent contractors, who gave the Dr. H.L. Harrell Sr. Unit a beautifying face lift. Their benevolent efforts of painting, rewiring light fixtures, replacing ceiling and floor tiles and installing window blinds has greatly enhanced the appearance of the facility for the kids.
Joe Justice, Store Manager from Lowe’s Home Center on SR200 in Southwest Ocala, said that this endeavor is an annual event. Lowe’s does this type of exercise on a continuing basis to help non-profits keep up their appearances in cases where they might not be able to finance such remodeling enhancements. This is Lowe’s way of giving back to the community they serve.
We at the Boys & Girls Club would like to thank Lowe’s for their heartfelt contribution!
OCALA, FL – Former Vanguard High School Principal and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart will be the keynote speaker at the annual Boys & Girls Clubs Leadership & Legislative Day, October 16th.
The annual event draws public officials and community leaders with an interest in issues related to youth in Marion County. The lunchtime event will be held at the Ocala Campus of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Commissioner Stewart began her teaching career in Hillsborough County before moving to Marion County where she spent 25 years in education. She was a guidance counselor, district testing and research specialist, assistant principal, and then principal at both the elementary and high school levels.
In 2004, she was named Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality at the Florida Department of Education. She served in that position until 2009 when she moved to the St. Johns County School District to become Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services.
She returned to the department in 2011 and became interim Commissioner of Education for the second time in August of 2013. The State Board of Education voted for her appointment in September of 2013. In her role as Commissioner of Education, she oversees K-12 Public Schools, the Florida Colleges System, Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County serve more than 1,000 children annually with branches in Ocala, Dunnellon and Silver Springs Shores. The Clubs serve all children, especially those most in need, by providing programs and activities to foster academic success, good character and healthy lifestyles.
In the State of Florida, members of the Boys & Girls Clubs are absent from school half as often as their peers, have a higher percentage of grade promotion and save taxpayers $9,000 annually for each student not held back a grade.
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Summer registration going on now at all locations. Club fees $20 Membership fee/Summer registration fee $10 with t-shirt included. Summer Camp 2015 will consist of an 8 week program with two, 4 week sessions $100/child, $75/each additional child. Starting date June 15th threw August 7th Club hours 7:30am-5:30pm. All clubs close July 3rd. Join today and expose your child to a positive and safe summer experience. Our four different branch locations will have a variety of interest for every member. We look forward to each member ages 6-18 having not only a fun time but creative and unique camp experience with friends and staff. Summer camp at our clubs will be filled with new discoveries of not just learning but creative opportunities for a kid to be a kid. We plan on something exciting each and every day from physical recreation, junior achievement programs, sports clubs, healthy lifestyles, garden clubs, science clubs, dance clubs, game room tournaments, trips and invited guest. We are so excited for our new and fun filled 2015 Boys and Girls Club of Marion County Summer Camp always remember Great Futures Start Here!
OCALA, FL — Gateway Bank of Central Florida, along with more than 300 runners and community sponsors, raised $21,490 in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County at the annual Reindeer Run on December 13th. The race, which started and finished at Gateway Bank on Silver Springs Boulevard, kicked off the 59th annual Ocala Christmas Parade.
The 5K event included several runners from the Dunnellon Unit of the Boys & Girls Club. Club member Victoria Ricketts placed third in the Rudolph Dash. Other club runners included Seigo Aponte, Tanner Bergeron, Brandon King, Janyris Torres and Rosie Bailey.
“The heart and soul of Gateway Bank is built around the community. Supporting the Boys and Girls Club thru the Reindeer Run was a great way to show our support for young people , especially those in the most need,” said Tom Ingram, CEO of Gateway Bank of Central Florida. “We embrace the mission of the BGC to help our youth reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
Past board chairman Michael Warren received the check for the clubs. “The Boys & Girls Clubs are in the business of building great futures for more than a thousand kids in Marion County. We are tremendously grateful for the support of Gateway as well as all the sponsors and runners whose support will make a difference in the lives of our kids.”
In addition to Gateway Bank, the event was sponsored by FBC Mortgage, Palm Chevrolet & Kia, Zone Health & Fitness, Ford Lincoln of Ocala, Agricon, Infinite Ale Words, Ocala4sale, Florida Express Environmental, The Runner’s Pace, Signature Brands, ClosetMaid and George Mangan Insurance.
For a complete list of results and sponsors, please visit http://ocalareindeerrun.com.
Join Zone Fitness during the month of November for only $10 and your joiner’s fee will will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County. Zone Fitness offers something for every body, including an interative kids play area, boxing, cardio, CrossFit, cycling, functional training, group classes, hydro massage, strength training and a snack bar featuring delicious wraps, tasty salads and protein shakes. Zone Health & Fitness is located in Pine Plaza at 524 South Pine Ave. Visit them at ZoneHealthandFitness.com or call (352) 509-3133.ss.com or call (352) 509-3133.
Ronald Car, the General Manager of the Ocala Olive Garden, recently addressed the Keystone Club on the topic of preparing for the future. Mr. Carr provided helpful advice on preparing for a job interview.
The Olive Garden is asking all of its customers nation-wide to ’round up’ their check from 9/22 to 11/9. For every guest that participates, the Olive Garden will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information, visit: http://www.olivegarden.com/about-us/community
Local author Natorya Nicole, along with her brother EJ, visited the Dunnellon club to share stories from her new book, EJ and Sis: Time Out . . . Learning Tool. The book is based on the author’s experience growing up as the oldest of five children in Ocala and Palm Beach County. “They provided valuable guidance and advice for our youth at the club,” said branch director TeSha Jackson. “They have inspired us greatly! Their willingness to motivate us contributed tremendously to our Book Club. We had an awesome time!”
The Keystone Club of The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County has worked to support Greenway Tree Project of the Sunset Rotary of Ocala. Here Briana Wolcott presents a check to Rotary President Mark DeBolt to dedicate a tree in honor of the club’s graduating seniors. She is joined from left to right by Andrez Towns, Walter Poole, and Taylor Lang.
Thanks to our friends at American Fire & Safety Supply in Ocala for their generous support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County! Pictured here are Eddie Lewis, Jimmy Feathers and Robbie Cambias. American Fire & Safety provides inspection, maintenance and recharging of fire extinguishers as well as emergency lighting and fire suppression systems. By donating their services they’ve helped make a difference in the lives of almost a thousand kids in Marion County.