We are continually inspired by the level of support the Boys & Girls Club of Massena is receiving from the community! From employees pooling their funds to dress down at work as part of the Blue Jeans for Blue Doors program, to donations from fraternal organizations and local businesses… families with young children or parents whose children are now grown. Some of the recent donations we’ve received we proudly share here.
Thank you, to everyone, who is giving whatever they can to make sure this Club provides the much needed place and programs to the kids of our community for decades to come.
Benefit Concert Brings in $1700
Massena Boys and Girls Club president Tim Currier recently accepted a $1700 donation from St. John’s Episcopal Church Rector Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis. The funds were proceeds from a Community Concert that was held on Sunday, October 19th, from 6 to 8 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 Main Street, Massena. The family-friendly, folk music event was enjoyed by 100+ people of all ages, featuring the talented, local musicians of Thirty 1 & Mandolin.
Zumbathon Benefit a Success for Boys & Girls Club of Massena
Though a rainy morning made setup a bit of a challenge, the Zumbathon held in conjunction with the 2014 Massena Chamber’s Harvest Festival was a tremendous success — bringing in $1500 for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena and lots of fun for all involved!
Pictured are the participants and instructors who joined together for the “Party with a Purpose” event at the Massena Fire Station, including instructors: Monica Boyea, Maggie Engels & Donna MacPherson.
Also pictured are Club volunteers Tricia Wilson, Tim Currier, Richard Cook, Gabe Hinkley, Tim Lashomb, Ben Todd, Olga Grant. (Missing from photo: Rhonda Rodriguez)
Rotary Benefit Concert a Big Success
The Massena Rotary Club held a charity concert that raised $7,500 to benefit the Massena Boys & Girls Club on Sept. 5, 2014. Held in the Massena High School Theater, the event featured Donna Huber’s tribute act to Shania Twain, as well as Adam Tucker who performed classic hits of country star Tim McGraw.
Posing for post-show pictures are event co-chairs Ken Marlow, Sue Bellor, Donna Huber/Shania Twin, Darcy Sharpe, and Adam Tucker/Tim McGraw.
SeaComm Donates Furnishings to Boys & Girls Club
In anticipation of the construction project at their Main Office on Stearns Street, SeaComm donated their ‘gently used’ office furnishings to help the Boys & Girls Club of Massena equip the new Club.
Also donating to the effort was Sullivan’s Office Supply, who provided vans to transport the furnishings to the Boys & Girls Club location on Bayley Road.
Pictured on moving day are Club Board Members and volunteers: (front row, l to r) Loren Nowak, Gabe Hinkley, Tim Currier, Tim Lashomb; (back row, l to r) Austin Lashomb, Nathaniel Currier, Emily Currier, Richard Cook, Bill Wolf and Betty Wolf.
Rapidz Donate Tips to Boys & Girls Club
Rapidz owners Corey and Jennifer Deshaies present a check for $345 and some change to Tim Lashomb, 2nd Vice President of the Boys & Girls Club of Massena’s Board of Directors. Rapidz owners and employees have all decided that they will donate their tips each month to different community organizations. “We think it’s a great way to bring the community together. It gives customer a great feeling knowing that they are helping community programs in need of funding,” the owners said.
Sears Supports BGCM
Duty Free Americas Donates $2,000
Duty Free Americas Inc. recently showed their support for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena with a $2,000 check presentation. Sam Zappia, Regional Manager for Duty Free Americas, Inc, presented the contribution to Boys & Girls Club of Massena President Timmy J. Currier. Contributions, like the one from DFA, will help open the Club’s doors later this year. The Club is a registered 501C3 charitable organization. To make a tax-deductible contribution, just click on the Donate Now button or call Mr. Currier at (315) 769-3577 .
Rotary Donates $1,000 from One Stop Shop
The Massena Rotary presented a $1,000 check in January to Boys & Girls Club of Massena President Timmy Currier from the proceeds realized from their One Stop Shop event held at the Elks Lodge on December 29th. Rotarian Darcy Sharpe also received a Distinctive Service Citation from Rotary President Sue Bellor for creating, planning and organizing the charitable event.
MMH Nursing Administration Donates
Special thanks goes to the Massena Memorial Hospital Nursing Administration. They decided to forgo a present exchange this year and instead donated the money to the Boys & Girls Club of Massena — a $1000 contribution toward opening our Club in 2014. What an awesome thing to do!
Club Signs Purchase Offer for Former St. Joseph’s School
Officials with the Boys & Girls Club of Massena inked a deal on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, to purchase the former St. Joseph’s school on Bayley Road, with plans to have the facility up and running in 2014.
Pictured at the signing are, Front row (l to r): Massena Police Chief Timmy J. Currier, real estate agent Lucy Kassian, and Rev. Scott D. Fobare. Back Row (l to r): Club Treasurer Richard Cook, Secretary Gabe Hinkley, and Volunteer William Wolf.
Jenack’s Canvas Donates Banners
Great futures will start at the Boys & Girls Club of Massena. And, thanks to the donation of this $400 banner by Brian Jenack of Jenack’s Canvas and MED for their installation, folks traveling through Massena’s downtown will hopefully be inspired to help us open the doors. (Brian’s generosity doesn’t end there, either… he has since helped with logo-apparel for the Club and a banner that Club volunteers and kids used in the Tri-Town Winter Carnival Parade on Feb. 15.
SeaComm Supports MBGC Efforts With $15K Donation
SHOW OF SUPPORT – In a show of support for the Massena Boys and Girls Club and a donation to the capital campaign, SeaComm has formally presented $15,000 to the project. Loren E. Nowak, vice president of the Massena Boys and Girls Club accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. Pictured from left are SeaComm Board of Directors Patricia Dodge and Keith Edwards, SeaComm Vice President of Human Resources Theresa Raleigh, MBGC Vice President Loren Nowak, SeaComm President and Chief Executive Officer Scott A. Wilson and SeaComm Vice President of Retail Operations Sherry White. [Click Here to read the article that appeared in the Courier-Observer, Watertown Daily Times and North Country This Week.]
Amvet’s Contribute $5,000 to Massena’s Club
AMVETS DONATION – Ronald Faucher (left) and James Gardner (right) present a $5,000 donation from Amvets Post 4 to the Boys and Girls Club of Massena. Accepting the check is Timmy J. Currier, chairman of the club’s Board of Directors.
Interact Club Kids Will Boost MBGC
INTERACT CLUB MEMBERS – Lucy Pang and Peter Skomsky from the Massena High School Interact Club talk to Rotary Club members about their projects. Ms. Pang is the club secretary, and Mr. Skomsky is the club president. Members of the Massena High School Interact Club say they’ll be doing their part to help bring a Boys & Girls Club to Massena. [View the article published by the Daily Courier-Observer]
“Bids For Kids” Radiothon & Auction
The Massena community rallied around plans to open a Boys & Girls Club through a day-long radiothon Thursday.
The Bids for Kids radiothon and auction took place at the Massena Elks Lodge. Bids were placed on a variety of donated packages, including fishing charters, round trip airline tickets from Massena to Boston and other items.
Efforts have been ongoing to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Massena for the last couple of years. Organizers say they plan to take over a building on Bayley Road where the club would be located.
“The idea is to have a safe, fun place to go for kids pretty much of any age, six on up, would be welcome to come to the club,” said Rhonda Rodriguez, a member of the board of directors. [Check out the WWNY and FOX coverage.]
Unitarian Universal Church of Canton Makes Donation to Boys & Girls Club
CHECK PRESENTATION – Church members from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton and representatives of the church’s Social Action Committee joined Timmy Currier, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Massena Board of Directors, and Interim Minister Joel Miller for a check presentation. Pictured from left to right in front of the church are Mark Berninghausen, Rhonda Rodriguez, Currier, Miller and Margaret Harloe. [Click here to read the article that appeared in the Daily Courier-Observer, Ogdensburg Journal and Watertown Daily Times.]
Maddie Gives an Incredible Gift to the Boys & Girls Club for Her Birthday
In case you haven’t yet met this amazing young lady, we are honored to introduce you to Madison “Maddie” Coller. Maddie recently gave the Boys & Girls Club of Massena an amazing gift for her birthday. Her Mom, Becky Tessier, told us that Maddie had a spinal fusion (rod inserted in her back) completed on June 3rd, 2013. Before the surgery, a group of their friends got together and had a jamboree for Maddie in which the community supported them in many ways to make the jamboree very successful.
When Maddie celebrated her 11th birthday with a 50’s sock hop party at the Massena Community Center on October 5th, she wanted to repay the generosity shown during the jamboree. So, as a way to give back, in lieu of gifts, they asked that everyone bring art supplies or a craft item that could be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Massena. Seventy-two people attended Maddie’s party and they graciously provided A LOT of craft and art supplies that have been donated to the Boys and Girls Club on behalf of Maddie for all of the community’s support during the family’s difficult time earlier this summer.
Now, how awesome is that?! You’re the best, Maddie… thank you!
More than 200 People Enjoy Community Concert to Raise Thousands for the Club
The sold out show included performances by James Phillips on the pipe organ, vocalist Kathleen Baker and jazz guitarist Bill Tracy.
Massena Soccer Boosters Donate to the Boys & Girls Club
MMH Medical Staff Makes $5K Donation to Boys & Girls Club
The Massena Memorial Hospital medical staff recently presented a contribution of $5,000 to the Massena Boys & Girls Club. Club President Timmy J. Currier is shown accepting the check from members of the Medical Executive Committee and staff of MMH.
“The Massena Memorial Hospital medical staff thought the Boys & Girls Club is a very worthy cause to give to,” said Nimesh Desai, M.D., MMH medical director. “After all, this is our future generation, and we need to guide them properly as the Club will do.”
Mr. Currier thanked the medical staff for their donation. “One of the overall goals of the club is the health of our young people, and to have the support of the medical community is greatly appreciated,” he said.
Pictured from left to right: Mike Maresca, MD, Radiology; Manuel Vazquez, MD, Anesthesia; Nimesh Desai, MD, Internal Medicine/Medical Director; Suhail Daye, MD, General Surgeon; Timmy J. Currier, Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors president; Philip Bridgman, MD, Pathology; and Erik St. Pierre, MD, Emergency Medicine.
Massena Kiwanis Club
Though we were sad to hear the Massena Kiwanis Club would disband, we are tremendously grateful for their generous donation as they work toward closing their books. In addition to funds, the Kiwanis also offered the gumball machine fundraising program they have been operating for many years. Details are included in this story by Courier-Observer reporter Bob Beckstead, and summarized below.
It was a good run while it lasted, but the president of the Massena Kiwanis Club says they don’t have the manpower to keep the organization alive. As a result, Coleman Guimond said the Kiwanis Club will cease to exist once they dole out the remainder of their donations.Before closing the club’s doors, though, Mr. Guimond said he has donations to distribute. Among their donations was $1,500 to Back the Pack, a volunteer organization that provides healthy weekend snacks to students in Massena’s elementary schools. They’ve also made a large donation to the Massena Boys and Girls Club, which hopes to open its doors in May 2014…
Massena Moose Lodge 1110 Donates to Boys & Girls Club