Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club gets Speedway Children's Charities funding for supper program


BRATTLEBORO >> The local Boys & Girls Club got a present from the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children's Charities this holiday season.

The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro was provided with $5,000 from the $252,435 that was distributed this year to 60 non-profit organizations based in New England.

The money will go towards a free supper program in Brattleboro, said Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro Executive Director Beth Baldwin. Dinners are available to families six nights a week at the Club's facility at 17 Flat Street.

"Hot, healthy and nutritious meals seemed to be a good fit," said Baldwin, whose group applied for the funding. "And they (Speedway Children's Charities) agreed."

Between the organizations, 110,000 children are expected to benefit from this year's funding. Altogether, $1.2 million was given to groups since the New Hampshire chapter began annual distributions in 2009.

Earlier in December, Baldwin was handed a check from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath, Speedway Children's Charities New Hampshire Chapter Director Cheryl LaPrade, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Currently, Mount Snow lift tickets can be purchased from the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro for $45. That's practically half the price of a normal lift ticket. The tickets are good between Jan. 4 and 15.

"It's just a general operating fundraiser, which is huge because they give us 500 tickets," said Baldwin. "If we sell 500, that's $22,500."

The challenge has been the weather. Baldwin said people don't think about going skiing when it's 50 degrees outside.

"It's been a tough year for us to sell tickets because — until today (Tuesday) — it's been so nice out," she said. "They have snow and people are skiing."

Her group is also preparing for Youth of the Year, which is not a fundraiser but an event coming up in February that celebrates youth in the community.

Contact Chris Mays at or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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