BRATTLEBORO — This past October the local 99 Restaurant, like 99 Restaurants all over the region, participated in Boys & Girls month. Each restaurant was encouraged to do everything they could to raise money for their local Boys & Girls Club. Customers at three 99 restaurants — West Lebanon, N.H., Greenfield, Mass., and Brattleboro – helped to raise almost $32,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro.
"This money could not have come at a better time," said Beth Baldwin, executive director. "We are in-between some of our larger grants and this will help us to keep doing what we always do, help kids."
The three restaurants raised this money to support the on-going programs and activities of the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, which has more than 1,200 members in three locations, two in Brattleboro and one in Bellows Falls. Programs include everything from leadership and character, to education, STEM and college readiness, sports and fitness, arts and music as well as healthy lifestyles and good decision making.
The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro also provides free snacks daily and free meals to youth and families six days per week.
On Wednesday, Dec. 9, managers and staff, including the biggest individual fundraisers from the three 99 Restaurants who supported the Brattleboro club, came by the club to present the check and made plans for a community service day. That community service project had 16 members of the region's management staff coming together and completing a number of painting projects at the Flat Street Club House.
"We could not be more thankful for everything the 99 does for us all year, this just goes above and beyond what anyone would have expected," said Baldwin.
The local 99 restaurant supports the club in a variety of ways throughout the year, including dinner for the club's Youth of the Year candidates in February, helping with the annual Duck Derby in August and Boys & Girls Club Month in October.