Letter: Boys & Girls Club grateful for support

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Editor of the Reformer,

On Saturday, June 22, the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro held its largest single fundraiser of the year, the 10th annual Going the Distance Ride. This year riders had a choice of riding 20, 40, 60, or 100 miles in a loop starting at the New England Youth Theater Parking lot on Flat Street in Brattleboro and returning to our Flat Street Clubhouse.

A total of 56 riders rode one of the four routes this year and two other friends of the Club who always ride could not be with us, because they are biking across country. Moss Kahler and Jim Robinson are spending their summer biking across country. They started riding at the Pacific Ocean in Washington State on June 17, all the while still raising money for the Club. All money raised supports the Club programs and activities.

The Club would like to thank a lot of people who helped make this year's ride happen. First our riders, for Going the Distance up and down the hills of the Connecticut River valley while challenging at times, they all did it with good humor and while having fun. Second our sponsors, our Gold Level Sponsors Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Trust Company of Vermont, Brattleboro ELKs, Baystate Financial, Foard Panel, River Valley Credit Union, GS Precision, and Recycle Away. This year's Silver Level sponsors, Brattleboro Primary Care Pediatrics, The Richards Group, The Marina Restaurant, Brattleboro Savings & Loan and Back Roads Granola. Our Bronze Level Sponsors are Twombly Wealth Management, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro & Keene Orthodontist and Against the Grain Gourmet. Also, we would like to thank you traveling photographers Rancourt Photography. Third we would like to thank all the people who volunteered, they were sag drivers, staffed rest stops, helped with signs, directions, and logistics. Lastly, everyone who donated to support a rider. This year we raised over $52,000 to support the summer programs at the Club.

This summer the Club is providing a place to be and life enhancing programs for youth 6 to 18 years old for 9 weeks starting on June 24 and going all summer until Friday, August 23. Also, this summer the Club will provide two meals and two snacks a day free of charge to youth and families. We have almost 500 camp spots and over 300 hours of drop in time, the Club is truly in when school is out. For more information about the Club check out our website at www.bgcbrattleboro.com and on facebook at The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro.

Ricky Davidson

Executive Director

Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro

July 1

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