City of Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales and other local dignitaries, Dr. Gene Gitin and Barry Goldin of the Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund, Bank of America Miami Market President Gene Schaefer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig and board members, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade supporters will celebrate the grand opening of the organization’s new South Beach Club, which will serve approximately 450 children from the local area. Morales will conduct a ribbon cutting to commemorate the opening.
After having served the children of Miami Beach for 27 years, the prior 2,500-sq.-ft. South Beach Club on the existing site was demolished in September 2011 to make way for the new, state-of-the-art 11,000-sq.-ft facility. The new Club features a game room, cafeteria with teaching kitchen for the Club’s culinary program, community room/homework room/literacy room made possible by a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, arts & crafts room, technology room, teen center, offices and reception area, and much more. The building cost was $2,000,000.
Major donors for the South Beach Club are Bank of America, City of Miami Beach, Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund, Miami-Dade County, Mary Ann Portell, Richard H. Simmons Charitable Trust, and Betsy & George M. Sherman.
The South Beach Club provides positive programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Sports programs offered at the Club include baseball, intramural flag football and intramural soccer. A summer program, allowing children to learn values such as friendship, honesty and teamwork, will be offered at the South Beach Club in summer 2016.
For more details about the South Beach Club, visit bgcmia.org/clubs/south-beach-club or call 305-535-0070.
Thursday, May 5
1200 Michigan Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org.