The Hot August Nights Foundation donates $100K to the Boys & Girls Club
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The Hot August Nights Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows to help support a new youth center. The donation will assist with the $14 million William N. Pennington Facility that is opening next month.
Right now, the Boys and Girls Club serves about 12,000 kids across the region. Mike Wurm with the club says the new 55,000-square-foot center will eventually expand those services to an additional 3,000 kids.
"We'll be able to serve meals. We'll have a youth wing on the building for 6-12-year-olds. We'll a have teen wing on the building for 13 to 18-year-olds," Wurm says. We'll have a large gymnasium where we'll be able to do daily activities as well as a variety of sports leagues."
The organization will be serving about a quarter of a million meals each year in the new building, which is at the site of the former YMCA across from Reno High School. Wurm says the ultimate goal of the club's programming is to prevent high-risk behaviors before intervention is needed.
"We say, 'We're fun with a purpose.' That's one of our mantras. And we build these beautiful buildings and we have all of these great activities, and that's to attract the kids and get them in there. But at all the age levels we're trying to put them in an informal guidance setting and try to give them the information to make the decisions. I mean, the challenges that our kids face today are much more complex and much more frequent than they were I know definitely when I grew up."
This week's $100,000 Hot August Nights donation will help sponsor a multipurpose room in the new facility, where kids can do their homework, eat meals, and watch movies. Hot August Nights organizers say it's the single largest donation ever made by the charitable arm of the long-running classic car and music festival.