The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s new community branch at the Mar Vista Gardens apartment complex in Del Rey has received a $1 million donation from real estate businessman John D. “Jack” Jones.
Jones, who has served on the club’s board of directors, said he hopes to provide youths with a solid foundation to achieve their life goals. That success can be achieved, Jones believes, when children not only have a safe place to live but have access to a positive learning environment.
“We are very grateful for Jack’s support of this important endeavor”, said Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica President and CEO Aaron Young. “Jack’s commitment of giving back to the Los Angeles community in this way is truly inspiring.  The Mar Vista Gardens project would not be possible without Jack’s vision and dedication.”
The club’s newest branch – The Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center – is at 4901 Marionwood Drive in Mar Vista Gardens.  Working with the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles, the facility will undergo a major refurbishment over the next few months.
“I believe the Mar Vista Gardens Boys & Girls Club site represents a safe, secure and positive learning environment for starting and keeping youngsters on the right path,” said Jones. “All children deserve an opportunity to reach their full potential and modest beginnings need not limit opportunities for success. Our community’s future strength lies in the minds and actions of children – they are our future.”
The youth center will provide a range of recreational and educational resources for club members.
When the Housing Authority of Los Angeles considered closing down the existing community center last year due to budget cuts, the agency solicited bids from non-profits to operate the facility for the benefit of the community. After the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica was selected, club officials said it allowed Jones to follow through on his hope of opening up a local club.
“I hope that my support for the club will influence others to make similar investments in our communities,” Jones added. “Local executives have the means and desires to see the community’s children grow and prosper. My wish is for my own children and grandchildren to carry on our family’s tradition of investing in our community and supporting local kids.”

JACK AND CINDY JONES present a $1 million check to Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica President and CEO Aaron Young (right) to be used for the new community branch at Mar Vista Gardens in Del Rey.

JACK AND CINDY JONES present a $1 million check to Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica President and CEO Aaron Young (right) to be used for the new community branch at Mar Vista Gardens in Del Rey.

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