Friday, May 27, 2011
Contact: Freddy Williams, Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County, 352-377-8003, email@example.com
Pictured from left, Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County board member, Adair Garrett; MetLife Foundation program director, April Hawkins; Boys & Girls Club Southeast Gainesville Area Director, Freddy Williams and his wife Melissa Williams (Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of America taken at Riverwalk Hilton hotel of New Orleans)receive the prestigious national Merit Award for Program Excellence in character and leadership development. The award was recently presented during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 105th
National Conference in New Orleans, LA. Merit Awards for Program Excellence, which are sponsored by MetLife Foundation, are presented annually for outstanding programs developed and implemented in Boys & Girls Clubs across the country and come with a $2,000 award. Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted in the five core program areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation.
About [BGC Organization]
The Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County provides program opportunities for over 4,000 boys and girls each year at four locations. Clubs are open five days a week after school, when kids have free time and need productive outlets until 7:30 p.m. Our Clubs are also open during certain non-school days/holidays and during the summer, typically from 7 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Parents interested in having their children join the Club or to learn more about its youth programs, contact the Boys & Girls Club at 352-372-5342, visit www.myboysandgirlsclub.com.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife in 1976 to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Grants support education, health, civic and cultural programs. In youth development, the Foundation funds initiatives that promote mentoring and promote safe places and constructive activities for young people, particularly during out-of-school time. The Foundation has awarded almost $7 millionto Boys & Girls Clubs of America for youth development programs, including sponsorship of the Honor Awards program for 26 years. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
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