October 5, 2005
Yawkey Grant Leads Expansion Project at Roxbury Boys & Girls Club

$3 Million Grant Matches Anonymous Gift for New Clubhouse

In keeping with its strong commitment to youth programming, the Yawkey Foundation recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new clubhouse at the Roxbury Boys & Girls Club. The Club, now in its 95th year, will undergo a complete renovation and expansion, as a result of a two-year, $7 million campaign, to better serve Club members through a state-of-the-art, fully accessible facility. As the lead donor, the Yawkey Foundation's $3 million gift leveraged an anonymous donor's challenge grant, providing a total of $4.5 million towards the project costs. The Club will be named in memory of Tom and Jean Yawkey when it reopens in the fall of 2006.

The Roxbury Club provides a wide range of quality programming for boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 18. "We take very seriously our mission to help boys and girls become successful citizens and leaders," said Andrea Swain, Executive Director of the Roxbury Club. "When the Club reopens, we will have the capacity to serve more youth, especially teens, in spaces that will allow our professional staff to run programs with maximum effectiveness. The youth of Roxbury deserve nothing less."

When the renovation is complete, the Club will have 43,000 square feet of program space, including designated space for a teen center, teen education center, school-age child care center, fitness center, a performing arts center, commercial kitchen in anticipation of future meal service, first aid room, pool, computer clubhouse, visual arts room, and climbing wall in the gym. Additionally, the facility will have an elevator for accessibility, and central air conditioning to help ensure members' comfort and safety while at the Club.

"The Trustees of the Yawkey Foundation are very pleased to play a central role in the development of this worthwhile project. Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston work tirelessly to provide a positive and nurturing environment for area children. Tom and Jean Yawkey would be proud of their efforts and of this new facility," stated John Harrington, President and Trustee of the Yawkey Foundation.

For more information about the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club, visit the Club's web site at www.bgcb.org/get_into_clubs/ROXBURY.cfm.