You may have heard of the BGCGC in the past but you might want to take a closer look. With a commitment to the future for all children, the BGCGC has taken huge steps to make this wonderful organization even better than it was before.
ou may have heard of the BGCGC in the past but you might want to take a closer look. With a commitment to the future for all children, the BGCGC has taken huge steps to make this wonderful organization even better than it was before. The IP Center at North Bay opened June 30th and is currently enrolling new members. Space is limited. The center serves children of all backgrounds, ethnicities and income levels. The unbelievable rate of only $25 PER YEAR is a remarkable bargain and affordable for most families. For those that cannot afford a membership, generous donations to the center make it possible. Donations are accepted daily and you can also sponsor a child if you would like to do so. The IP Center at North Bay has taken the month of July off to gear up for the coming school year. The center will re-open August 11th for their After School Program that is open from 3pm-6pm daily. The well appointed, 21,000 square foot facility is located at 10444 Lamey Street in D’Iberville. It is easy to register your little ones and the rewards are great! The After School Program includes a “Power Hour” where kids are able to do their homework in a quiet and relaxing environment each day. There are 5 locations in the Harrison and Hancock Counties, that are served through the main office which is located in Gulfport. In 2009, BGCGC had approximately 2,500 registered members and served 1,400 youths through the BGCGC New Hope Program. This program is a school based therapeutic behavioral facilitation program. Michelle Wilson, Director of Development, describes the facility as “A state of the art, environmentally concerned place where kids can learn life skills that will enable them to grow into productive community leaders. Our mission at BGCGC has always been to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.” Mrs. Wilson also wanted to express her thanks to all those who made the new IP Center at North Bay a reality. A large part of the cost was covered by a donation of 1.5 million dollars from the IP Casino Resort and Spa. Art rooms, study areas, computer facilities, and even a very large gymnasium are all part of the building design of JBHM Architectural Firm of Tupelo. Chris Root of JBHM also designed the Qatar Center in Pass Christian and the still under construction, Forest heights Center in Gulfport. The expenses for the daily operations of all the BGCGC facilities is high. Donations are greatly appreciated at any time throughout the year. One of the BGCGC’s largest and most successful annual fundraiser’s is the Steak & Stake Dinner. The IP Casino in Biloxi was the host for 2010. The goal for this event was $150,000 which the BGCGC hoped to meet by including a Silent Auction and a very special Wine Auction. The volunteers at BGCGC, and all those who work for the non-profit organization are rigorously screened and background checks are never overlooked. Michelle Wilson said in closing, “Children learn responsibility and caring every day at our clubs and they get to have fun doing it!” You can read and see more at http://www.bgcgulfcoast.org or you may contact BGCGC @ 228-896-3770 to donate or volunteer.