Venice plans to kick off its annual “It Just Takes One” capital campaign, which will culminate as part of the organization’s National Boys & Girls Club Week festivities from Sunday through Saturday, March 25th to 31st.

“We believe the It Takes One Campaign is a wonderful time to tell our story about the significant impact this club has on the children of our community,” said Cathy Hession, president of the club board of directors.

“The cost of providing the Boys & Girls Club of Venice experience to one child a year is about $1,134,” said executive director Erikk Aldridge. “We charge each family only $14 dollars per year and we never turn away a child who cannot afford it.

“You can see what a valuable investment that is when you compare it to the cost of incarcerating a youth who went in the wrong direction, usually $50,000 or more.”

Funds raised will help sponsor kids to attend summer camp and provide quality after-school programs such as the Power Hour homework help program, computer skills training, career exploration, arts and crafts, fitness and sports, and character and leadership programs such as Smart Moves and Youth of the Year.

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs are to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Serving as this year’s campaign chair is Michael Moskowitz, president and chief executive officer of MyCarPage, based in Marina del Rey.

“Our kids depend on the generous support of businesses and individuals in the Marina del Rey and Venice communities,” said Moskowitz.

“I invite anyone who has driven by the club to stop in and see what a remarkable and special place the club is and how it provides a safe and positive place for thousands of kids in our community to flourish,” he says.

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit, privately-funded organization and it depends on private donations and volunteers to accomplish its mission.

The club provides programs and services for 4,000 youths at its James A. Collins Building, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, and other community and school sites.

Scheduled to run through April, the fundraising campaign seeks donations primarily from individuals to support its after-school programs and services for youths ages six to 18 living in the West Los Angeles area.

Donors will be recognized with special recognition decals, plaques to hang at their businesses and on signage inside the clubhouse. The campaign’s goal this year is to raise $250,000 for the club’s annual operating budget.

Information, www.bgcv.org or (310) 390-4477.

Erikk Aldridge is the executive director and chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. Alexandra Brandt is the club’s marketing and development coordinator.

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