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November 15, 2018

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester President & CEO, Bob Scannell, and wife, Mary Kinsella Scannell, VP of Education at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester both received the Boston Irish Honors this past October for their dedicated work in the Dorchester community.

The Dorchester Reporter describes, “Bob Scannell and Mary (Kinsella) Scannell have spent their adult lives in service to the families and children of Boston’s largest neighborhood. They are the heart and soul of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, where they serve as president and vice-president, respectively. While raising a beautiful family of their own, the Scannells have essentially become surrogate parents to thousands of kids and teens in the city. Together, they have created a safe haven for city kids to learn, play, stay healthy, and prepare for higher education and careers— all while having the time of their lives. The Scannells exemplify the best qualities of our Irish-American ideals: selflessness, humility, and a resolve to stay the course through adversity.”

Congratulations Bob & Mary!

Check out the full Dorchester Reporter article here.


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November 14, 2018

The Barking Crab is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to  present the second annual Jingle & Mingle event! Come try out our ice luge, check out some seasonal ice sculptures, snap a pic with Santa and enjoy even more fun holiday surprises! The perfect way to make it through the last week of work before heading home for the holidays.

The event will take place Wednesday, December 19th from 5-8 PM in The Crabby Lounge. Tickets are $40 and include two drink tickets and dinner. Enjoy games, live music, a seasonal photo booth, and more!

All proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.


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November 14, 2018

BGCD hosted 18 Colleges and post-grad programs for our high school students last week at our annual Destination U Fair. Members had the opportunity to mingle with each of the
schools to learn more about admission requirements, student life, majors offered, and more.

In addition, there were options available for those interested in pursuing their goals through
programs like City Year, Year Up and many other service related opportunities. Our partners at American Student Assistance were on hand to offer support to all attendees. Thank you to all the schools and programs that attended.

Special thanks also to the evening’s keynote speaker, Eric Esteves, former Director of the Social Innovation Fund and The Boston Foundation. In his inspirational words, he focused on encouraging all members to step outside of their comfort zones and to take advantage of every opportunity.



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November 14, 2018

The night of our annual Grand Drawing Gala was an enormous success, but we could not have done it without the help of our generous and thoughtful sponsors, donors and volunteers! We would especially like to thank Mayor Martin J. Walsh for being our guest auctioneer and helping us to raise much needed funds throughout the evening. We are also appreciative of our keynote speaker, BGCD member, Viet Ta, who shared some inspiring words about his experiences and the impact of the Club.

Additional thanks to our gold sponsor Lee Kennedy Co, Inc; silver sponsors Corcoran Jennison Companies and The Marr Companies; bronze sponsors Joseph E. Corcoran, McDonald Electrical CorporationS & F Concrete, T.G. GallagherGaston Electrical, and The McIntosh Foundation. For any questions about sponsorship or next year’s event please contact Patty Lamb at plamb@bgcdorchester.org.



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September 20, 2018

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BGCD Members Attend Marr Family Catholic Schools Scholarship Ceremony: BGCD hosted the 27th Annual Marr Family Catholic Schools Scholarship ceremony last Thursday. 105 members were recognized totaling $100,000 in Scholarship aid. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston, the fund has recognized over 1,800 scholars and distributed over $1.2 million in financial assistance to BGCD members attending Catholic Schools.

The program began in 1992 with a gift from the estate of the late Daniel Marr, Jr, who helped found the Club back in 1974 with his brother Robert L. Marr. This year the fund was augmented by a Gift from Robert to ensure more deserving BGCD members were included. Our thanks to Robert L. Marr and the entire Marr Family for their continued support of our Club members and their families.

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Openings Still Available for Enrichment Programs at the Club: School is back in session and after school membership has re-opened at the Club! Be sure your child has completed all of the necessary forms and attended any required orientation sessions needed to participate.

Parents who have already attended an orientation session will only need to complete a one page re-registration sheet in order to keep their membership current.

There are still spots available for some exciting programs and enrichment classes available to our Club members this season! Openings include Baton Twirling, Boys High School Basketball, Cooking & Nutrition, Life Skills, Computer Science, and Music Therapy just to name a few! Learn more about our openings on our website at bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD is Accepting Applications for Runners to Join our Team for the 2019 Boston Marathon: Charity Runners and Registered Qualified are both welcome to apply, applications are open until spots are full. Registered Qualified applications will be accepted through January.

All BGCD charity runners will receive an official entry into the 2019 Boston Marathon. All who are accepted to the team will receive: Personalized fundraising support and guidance, team BGCD swag, official race singlet, invaluable team spirit and volunteer support, opportunities for team BGCD runners to stay connected with team members and Club initiatives post-race, invitation to team kickoff event and race weekend festivities, personalized training plan with team BGCD official running coach, John Furey. Learn more or apply at bgcdorchester.org/boston-marathon/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Drop-in Membership Re-Opens
September 5
2 PM – 5:45 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Service Day
September 21

Rodamn Ride for Kids
September 22



September 13, 2018

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BGCD Board Chair Lee Kennedy Awarded the Lewis Family Foundation CEO Social Leadership Award: Last week at Fenway Park the Boston Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship Summit took place where BGCD Board Chair, Lee Kennedy, was awarded the Lewis Family Foundation CEO Social Leadership Award.

Kennedy served on BGCD’s board for 24 years before becoming chair. He states, “It sounds too simple to be true, but it’s true: if you engage the right people and the right friends and the right relationships, the combined forces of everybody helps it happen.”

Kennedy supports a number of other community and social causes including College Bound Dorchester and Neighborhood House Charter School. We are so grateful for his support and leadership at BGCD and throughout the rest of the Dorchester community.

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After School Membership Program Re-Opens at the Club: School is back in session and drop-in membership has re-opened at the Club! Be sure your child has completed all of the necessary forms and attended any required orientation sessions needed to participate.

Parents who have already attended an orientation session will only need to complete a one page re-registration sheet in order to keep their membership current. New member orientation will take place on Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 PM.

We have some exciting programs and enrichment classes available to our Club members this season! We will be offering cooking and nutrition classes, game nights, hip-hop dance classes, fencing, art and music classes, along with homework help and tutoring just to name a few!

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BGCD Members Attend Dell Technologies Championship: BGCD Club members attended the Dell Technologies Championship last week, a PGA Tour tournament held every year on Labor Day Weekend. The tournament contains the Top 100 professional golfers according to the FedEx Cup standings.

Our Club members were invited to watch the practice rounds taking place the day before the tournament started and were even able to test out some of the new virtual reality games that Dell will soon be introducing to the public.

BGCD members had the chance to hear from the founder and CEO of Dell, Michael Dell. It was a great experience for our youth and provided them with plenty of fun and an inspirational learning opportunities.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Registration
September 10

1st Annual Kings Classic
September 19

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Service Day
September 21

Rodman Ride for Kids
September 22


UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Registration
September 10

1st Annual Kings Classic
September 19

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Service Day
September 21

Rodman Ride for Kids
September 22


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September 6, 2018

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Rodman Disney for Kids Program Sends Club Members to Walt Disney World: As part of the Rodman Disney for Kids Program, now in its 27th year, 150 children and chaperones traveled to Disney World in Orlando, Florida this August with BGCD for an once in a lifetime unforgettable experience.

The program is funded by the incredible generosity of our Board Member, Don Rodman, and the many friends who support his efforts. This gives members of our Clubs opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime.

Our Club members had an amazing time this year as they visited different parks and rides including the Tower of Terror, Islands of Adventure, Toy Story Mania and so much more! Thank you for giving our youth this opportunity Don Rodman!

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Drop-in Membership Re-Opens at the Club: School is back in session and drop-in membership has re-opened at the Club! Be sure your child has completed all of the necessary forms and attended any required orientation sessions needed to participate.

Parents who have already attended an orientation session will only need to complete a one page re-registration sheet in order to keep their membership current. Registration for enrichment programs will take place on Monday, September 10th at 6:30 PM.

We have some exciting programs and enrichment classes available to our Club members this season! We will be offering cooking and nutrition classes, game nights, hip-hop dance classes, fencing, global explorer sessions, art and music classes, along with homework help and tutoring just to name a few!

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BGCD Kings Classic: Join us on September 19th for the 1st Annual BGCD Kings Classic! This fun filled bowling tournament at Kings Seaport will feature a team competition, music, games, raffles, prizes and more!

We will have 12 sponsored teams, each competing to be the Championship winner of our tournament.

General admission tickets are available for $25 in advance on Eventbrite or $30 at the door. Tickets include one drink, dinner buffet and more. Doors open at 6 PM.

All proceeds will benefit the BGCD through the Rodman Ride for Kids. Kings Seaport is located at 60 Seaport Boulevard Suite 225 Boston, MA 02210. Please contact Patty Lamb at plamb@bgcdorchester.org for more information.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Registration
September 10

1st Annual Kings Classic
September 19

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Service Day
September 21

Rodman Ride for Kids
September 22



August 30, 2018

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IBEW Local 103 and NECA Host BGCD as Bullpen Buddies at Fenway Park: Ten very lucky BGCD members attended a Boston Red Sox game last week thanks to the generosity of IBEW Local 103 and NECA.

Our members had the chance to go on the field, watch batting practice and also had the opportunity to meet and receive autographs from Boston Red Sox players Brock Holt, Steve Pearce, Xander Boegarts, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Each member received a gift bag with a t-shirt, program, baseball and other memorabilia making the entire experience truly unforgettable.

Thanks to our friends at IBEW Local 103 and NECA for making this special opportunity available to our members. To learn more about what’s been happening here at the Club, visit us at
bgcdorchester.org.

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Citi Boch Center Visits BGCD: In what has become an annual summer event, teens from the Citi Boch Center visited BGCD to put on a performance followed by a large group workshop. Each year the group puts on a performance based on a relevant social topic and follows that with small group workshops to help explain the background and significance of the performance.

Boch Center is committed to inspiring and igniting a greater appreciation for art, culture, and creativity through its education and community outreach initiatives for many years. These
initiatives strive to make the arts more accessible for the greater community, and to highlight the
tremendous impact of arts, culture, and creativity in our everyday lives.

Thanks to our friends at the Citi Boch Center for visiting again this summer.

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BGCD Wraps up Tween Inclusion Summer Program: This summer BGCD hosted a four week Inclusion Program for our Tween members. The group took a variety of off-site trips that included Hale Reservation, Rock Spot, Loco Taqueria, Kayaking, Fenway Park, Patriots Place, and much more.

The program included a variety of cultural, recreational and educational sites, outdoor exploration, fitness & nutrition activities. It is a program designed to accomodate and include youth at an age where they have outgrown traditional summer camp, but not quite old enough to begin working a summer job. It is also inclusive of our members with disabilites.

For information on BGCD’s Inclusion Program, including the upcoming Challenger Soccer program, please contact Maddie Butler at mbutler@bgcdorchester.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Drop-in Membership Re-Opens
September 5
2 PM – 5:45 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Service Day
September 21

Rodamn Ride for Kids
September 22


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August 29, 2018

Ten very lucky BGCD members attended a Boston Red Sox game last week thanks to the generosity of IBEW Local 103 and NECA.

Our members had the chance to go on the field, watch batting practice and also had the opportunity to meet and receive autographs from Boston Red Sox players Brock Holt, Steve Pearce, Xander Boegarts, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Each member received a gift bag with a t-shirt, program, baseball and other memorabilia making the entire experience truly unforgettable.

Thanks to our friends at IBEW Local 103 and NECA for making this special opportunity available to our members.