Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem board president Joe Madison said, “we’re well positioned for growth and sustainability.”
Incoming CEO Winston Alozie and outgoing CEO Gary Martell celebrate completion of the club’s improvements with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
DJ Rob Reilly provides background music for the event.
Attendees enter the main hallway into the club’s game room.
A fresh coat of paint, new carpeting and a new ceiling have the club’s multi-purpose room looking brand new.
Community health community school coordinator Cesar Cordova and his wife Anna Smith, director of CADCB of Bethlehem, chat with Scott Parry, the Boys & Girls Club’s program director, in the newly renovated homework room/computer lab.
Club members Naudia and Grissellys enjoy some refreshments at the grand re-opening of the Boys & Girls Club, Nine and 11 years old, respectively, the girls said they enjoy playing basketball at the club.
Emmanuel sharpens his bumper pool skills in the newly renovated game room.
A brand new stove was installed in the club’s kitchen as part of the project. A new freezer was also part of the kitchen upgrade.
Handcrafted pizza vendor Pyromato donated its services to provide pizza to those in attendance. Owner John Choi said he likes to give back to the community.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBClub members, boardmembers and community supporters celebrate the new and improved Northeast Boys & Girls Club facility.
Boys & Girls Club fix up
Community pitches in
Boys & Girls Club officials, community supporters and members celebrated the grand re-opening of the Northeast Boys & Girls club facility Sept. 3, as an estimated $55,000-plus sweat equity was poured into the 50-year-old facility located on Fritz Drive.
Board president Joe Madison praised the many community partners and board members who provided both financial and in-kind support.
Interior painting, new ceilings and carpeting, and a new freezer and stove were installed to upgrade the facility.
Outgoing CEO Gary Martell was recognized for his 42 years of service to the club and incoming CEO Winston Alozie was welcomed. “We celebrate the rejuvenation of this building,” said Martell, who began his career as a bookkeeper. Alozie is a former Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year.
“We’re here to serve the kids,” said Madison, who said the project was completed in two weeks.